Summer Program 2020


8/24-8/27 2 spots open

UPDATE 6/8/20 We will run our programs this summer in small groups, exclusively outdoors, thunderstorms cancel. For the safety of our campers and their families, we have decreased the days and hours of camp to Monday-Thursday 9 am – 1 pm. The fee is $250 per child per week. We are following state and CDC guidelines for summer camp programs and child care facilities, including a ten child maximum per group. We will start the week of July 6, the below themes and locations are subject to change due to the pandemic’s impact on host locations and programming. Guidelines can be looked over here: REOPENING NEW YORK

Aug 24-27 @ Inlet Pond County Park  “Long Island Sound Studies” We wrap up our summer back on the Sound side, exploring the LI Sound as a habitat and studying the impacts of humans on this aquatic ecosystem. We will also take a close look at the marine wildlife and the challenges they face for survival from marine debris to warmer water trends.
Summer Program Location Addresses and Descriptions:
1) The Old Field Vineyards, 59600 Main Road, Southold, NY 11971 (Fields, Pond, Seashore, Farm Animals) 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.
2) The Cross Farm (aka Environmentals Plant Nursery), 22275 Main Road, Cutchogue 11935 (Fields, Landscaped Woodland, Ponds, Pool, Farm Animals) The Cross Farm 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.
3) Inlet Pond County Park (North Fork Audubon’s Roy Latham Nature Center, aka Red House), 64795 County Rd 48, Greenport, NY 11944 (woodlands, brackish pond, freshwater pond, interdunal swale, soundfront shoreline, trails, nature center) This diverse 55 acre Suffolk County Park Preserve is home to the North Fork Audubon Society and the Roy Latham Nature Center.

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 usual child-teacher ratio is 10:1 plus one or two CIT’s per group, but we will now have 10 kids per group including the CIT’s . 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 2020 Summer Program will take place at several locations on the North Fork. Mondays-Thursdays, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The balance is due one month prior to start date of the week registered. Payments may be made by credit card or Venmo. We are currently waiving the 3% credit card charge due to the pandemic. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow a per diem rate this summer.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4/7/20 We are opening registration April 8th with the hopes we can run our Summer Program this July and August. If we are able to run programs this summer, we will likely implement social distancing and safety protocols and keep our camp maximum at 10 kids, or whatever group number is determined by health and government officials.

Please Note: Our educational programs will be run through the North Fork Audubon Society starting February 14, 2020 (with the exception of the summer program due to the coronavirus). Our Summer Program is focused on nature education, citizen science projects, habitat restoration efforts, environmental stewardship, art, and more. We have different host sites throughout the summer to expose our campers to different habitats and study areas. Primarily, the Summer Program is geared for ages 7-12, with 5-6 year olds accompanied by an older sibling and 11-12 year olds participating as CIT’s (counselors in training). Certain advanced weeks may be geared for participants ages 9-12. Additional activities may include archery, pottery, survival skills, fire building, fiber arts, woodworking, carpentry, bread baking, wildlife monitoring and journaling, as well as running games.

July 6-9   ”Be a Good Egg!” Endangered Shorebirds: Bird identification, adaptations, shorebird habitat studies, and more! Our campers will get involved in Audubon NY’s Be a Good Egg Program, which encourages beach-goers to #ShareTheShore with nesting birds and their young. Through games and activities, campers will understand the threats to our nesting shorebirds (dog-walking, marine debris, etc.). Campers will explore birding basics and participate in a simple habitat restoration project.

July 13-16   “Estuary Explorations” Freshwater to Saltwater and the brackish water in between, participants will develop an understanding of the important parts of our estuaries and the species that live there. From horseshoe crabs to oysters, we will work as scientists to learn about conserving this unique place animals call home.

July 20-23 @ Old Field Vineyards “Life on a Farm” From chickens to mummichogs, campers will explore life on this historic bay-front farm. Activities include swimming in the bay, feeding the ducks, collecting chicken eggs (chicken-hugging too!), discovering pond life, using a seine net in the bay, and learning about viticulture (grape-growing). We will also play a lot of games and create crafts in the shaded fields.
July 27-30 @ Old Field Vineyards ”Seashore Studies” From Bay to Dune and Everything in Between!  Campers will enjoy this bay-front estate complete with frog pond, shaded fields, 600 feet of shoreline, farm animals, and more! Besides observing the osprey nest and using the seine net, we will also explore the intertidal zone, home to many unique animals in our Peconic Bay Estuary. Observation tanks, snorkel masks, and seashore ID guidebooks are a few of the tools we use.
Aug 3-6 @ Cross Farm “Survival Skills” Shelter building, fire safety, tracking, wild edibles safety, map reading and compass skills (orienteering). We will be exploring all corners of this special 30 acre private farm with freshwater ponds, woodland trails, farm animals, and fields, with plenty of time set aside for frogging, games, and creative play.
Aug 10-13 @ Cross Farm “Pond Life: Frogs, Turtles, and Dragonflies” Campers this week will explore life in a freshwater pond, examine species up close, and investigate the food web of this important habitat. Nets, observation tanks, and field guides will used. Frogging for bull frogs is a popular activity here at the Cross Farm, plus we will play popular games and create pond-related crafts.

Aug 17-20 @  Inlet Pond County Park “Bee Friendly!” Native Pollinators: Native bees, habitat studies, native plant identification, and more! Campers will discover the importance of native pollinators (bees in particular), learn basic carpentry and gardening skills, as we construct native bee homes from the ground up! We will also explore the lives of butterflies and hummingbirds, and plant native flowering plants that attract and nourish our important pollinators!