2019 Summer Program

2019 Turtleback Farm Summer Program

Dedicated to enriching the lives of North Fork youth, we incorporate sports, games, art, writing, wildlife conservation projects and more into our programs. This program is place-based and nature-based with each theme integrated into the majority of the activities. We also incorporate basic outdoor skills (fire and shelter building), native plant and insect studies, animal tracking, carpentry, gardening, animal husbandry, chess, and orienteering. The child-teacher ratio is 10:1 with one or two CIT’s per group. The maximum number of children accepted into this program per week is 10.  Campers bring a bagged lunch, snack, and water bottle. This action-packed program is geared for kids ages 7-10, but we accept younger siblings ages 5 and 6 going into Kindergarten who can keep up with their older siblings.

Our CIT (Counselor in Training) Program is for tweens entering grades 6-7 who’ve participated in our past programs and enjoy guiding and nurturing children and being helpful. 

This program is designed to enrich the lives of youth through a myriad of experiential hands-on activities, socialization, and cooperative activities. Please Note: Electronic Devices are not permitted at this summer program!

The 2019 Summer Program will take place at several locations in the Cutchogue-Southold area. Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, $300 per week, $275 for CIT’s and siblings. A 50% deposit is required when registering. The balance is due July 1st. Payments may be made via cash, check, or Venmo. Checks are mailed to Turtleback Farm, PO BOX 288, Peconic, NY 11958.

Dates available:

June 24-28 Wickham’s Fruit Farm  (Cutchogue) – Bobwhite Quail Restoration & Orienteering

July 15 The Old Field Vineyards (Southold) – Birds of Prey: Osprey & Bald Eagle

July 22 The Cross Farm (Cutchogue) – Mammal Study: River Otter 

July 29 The Cross Farm (Cutchogue) – Wild Canines of Long Island

Aug 5 The Cross Farm  (Cutchogue) – Herpetology Week: Turtles, Frogs & Toads

Aug 12 The Old Field Vineyards  (Southold) – Seashore Studies 

Aug 19 Wickham’s Fruit Farm (Cutchogue) – Peconic Bay Estuary Week

Aug 26 Wickham’s Fruit Farm  (Cutchogue) – Archaeology Week

Pre-register Here!


The Cross Farm (aka Cutchogue Environmentals) is a 30 acre plant nursery consisting of various habitats including woodlands, fields, and freshwater ponds, making it an ideal location for environmental studies. There are is also an enclosed animal area chock-full of chickens, geese, rabbits, goats, frogs and koi fish. It is located just west of Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue.

The Old Field Vineyards is a 22 acre historic family farm located off Main Road in Southold, situated on Peconic Bay. Here we will explore the vineyard’s historic buildings, fields, freshwater pond, farm animals, and bayfront shoreline.

Wickham’s Fruit Farm is a 300 acre historic bicentennial family-run farm dating from 1661. This beautiful farm has more than 200 acres of fruit trees … There are fresh water ponds, brackish creeks, and forest edges to explore.

Please email Jennifer at turtlebackfarmer@gmail.com for more information.