The summer of 2020 is/was planned to be the 17th year of Wild Earth’s all-outside, all the time, summer camp. It is how Wild Earth (then, Red Fox Friends) began in the summer of 2004. And, it is an experience that hundreds of families, children, young adults, and instructors look forward to each year. This summer, maybe more than ever in the past, we imagine everyone is hoping that we can explore and wander the Wild Earth woods together.
With all the uncertainty of COVID-19, plans for this year’s summer camp are, likewise, uncertain. The state of NY has not made a decision on the possibility of summer camp, though we expect that the decision will be guided by the regional opening approach the Governor has communicated. Wild Earth is anxiously awaiting more clarity.
We are accepting waitlist signups for all of our Summer Camp 2020 sessions, and we will be in touch to discuss your registration when we have more details about how our programs will look this summer.
Look to our weekly emails each Friday for updates on our plans for summer camp!
This summer marks 17 years that Wild Earth is getting kids outdoors in the Hudson Valley. We are excited to welcome nearly 500 campers at 3 sites throughout Ulster County, including our second year at Wild Earth’s own Rock Haven land in Kerhonkson!
At Wild Earth, all of the senses are engaged as campers meet local plants and animals, learn wilderness skills, create natural crafts, and build deep connections with friends and inspiring adult and teen mentors.
Guided by patterns we’ve observed in nature, we begin each day by gathering in the woods through songs, expressing gratitude, and finding new ways to play. We form smaller groups and set up camp in the forest by building fire pits and shelters. Our instructors tailor activities to the interests of the campers, fostering curiosity and guiding learning through skillful questions, opportunities for appropriate risk-taking and empowering challenges.
If you need financial aid, be sure to register to hold your space! We cannot hold a space without your registration. Click here to read our summer camp registration policies and Q&A.
We now use a rolling admissions process; additional spaces are added to our camps throughout the spring. If you find a waitlist, please join our waitlist at no cost and our staff will reach out to you when a space becomes available.
While the quiet of winter settles within us and the days slowly grow longer, summer camp is on the horizon. We're excited for our 17th year of wilderness camps! Check out our offerings below. Remember: registration opens Saturday, February 1 at noon.
Good news! Busing from Wallkill View Farms in New Paltz will be available for all of our camps on Rock Haven Road and for Raven Camp. Pre-registration for the bus is required, we will not be able to accommodate 'day of' bus riders.
Every camper must provide proof of vaccination, immunity, or medical exemption. (Religious exemption does not meet this requirement.)