A nature camp for all ages...
Each weekend, we offer a variety of outdoor experiences designed to get you closer to nature and connected to the rich history of the Hudson Valley.
Friday 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM: Welcome Campfire
Twilight is a time of transition and magic. Join us and your fellow campers for stargazing, storytelling, and s'mores around the fire!
Saturday 10:00 AM -11:30 AM: Guided Nature Walk
Learn how our native wild plants are traditionally used for food, tools, fiber, dyes, and medicine. We’ll explore the fields and floodplain forest of the camp with a focus on how local native people lived with the land five centuries ago. Connecting the past to the present, we’ll also talk about modern ecology and about contemporary Mohican and Munsee communities and their efforts to preserve their beautiful languages and culture.
Saturday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Customized Nature Program
On Saturday afternoon, we delve into whatever subjects fascinate you the most - from edible wild plants and local indigenous history to stream ecology and or awareness skills. Depending on the season, there may even be an opportunity to help on the farm. Whether we are forest bathing or exploring life in a stream, this program is engaging and fun for all ages.
Sunday 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM: Early Morning Birdwatching
Getting out into the forest at this time is magical! We'll identify birds by sight and sound and explore their role in Northeastern native folklore and their names in Munsee, Mohican, and other Algonquian languages.
Sunday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Farm Tour
Learn how Hudson Valley indigenous people thrived on these lands and how we can thrive on them today with sustainable agricultural practices. We visit our different cultivation areas and explore topics ranging from Eastern Woodlands horticulture to wild-simulated native herb cultivation. Depending on the season, guests might get to bring herbs or mushrooms home with them!
Note: This tour takes place on a different part of the property that requires a short drive. We caravan from the camp to the farm at the beginning of the tour.
Dates & Availability
Our camp opens on Memorial Day weekend and closes on Indigenous People's Day (i.e. Columbus Day weekend) each season. During that time, we are open Thursday to Monday each week. Because so many people can only get away for a typical two-night weekend, our programming begins on Friday evening and ends of Sunday. For those with time constraints, we understand if you can't attend every program throughout the weekend. And for those who can extend their visit, we highly recommend a four-night stay to allow for plenty of time to relax and enjoy the campground, as well as to explore the many historic towns and scenic areas nearby.
On select Sundays throughout the summer, we host hands-on workshops instead of a farm tour. Topics range from shiitake mushroom inoculation and mushroom identification to medicinal plants and herbal salve making. Occasionally, these workshops are led by guest presenters and are part of a themed weekend. We are especially excited to host workshops led by Hudson Valley native descendants when they visit their ancestral homelands from their contemporary communities in Oklahoma, Ontario, and Wisconsin.
Check our Events Calendar to see whether there is a special workshop or themed weekend during your stay.