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
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.
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!