Summer Camps That Offer Nature and Petting Zoo Programs for Campers in Westchester County

Summer Camps That Offer Nature and Petting Zoo Programs for Campers in Westchester County

Find a camp in Westchester County for your nature- or animal-lover.


If your little one prefers to interact with and learn about the natural world, including members of the animal kingdom, finding a camp with nature programs and petting zoo opportunities may be at the top of your list. Plus, time spent in nature is important to children’s emotional well-being and development. If you’re on the search for a summer camp that offers nature or petting zoo programs for nature- and animal-lovers, you’ve come to the right place. These summer day and specialty camps in Westchester County offer nature programs and petting zoos, including camps located in Scarsdale, Dobbs Ferry, Pleasantville, White Plains, West Nyack, and Pomona.

Alcott School
535 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry; 27 Crane Road, Scarsdale
914-693-4443; 914-472-4404

A naturalist from The Nature of Things brings small animals to the classrooms for an in-house special. Children are taught about the animals' natural habitats and food sources.

Camp Ramaquois
30 Mountain Road, Pomona

Ramaquois has a vibrant nature program where campers have the opportunity to interact with the animals in our petting zoo and also to engage in experiential, activity-based learning. Whether it's our goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, or even our alpacas, our campers have a blast at our nature area.

Greenburgh Nature Center
99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale

Send your child on an outdoor adventure! Our winter, spring, and summer camps allow kids to learn about and connect with the natural world by encouraging the spirit of discovery. Activities include immersive interactions with our animals, crafts, games, and more. For details and to register, visit: 

Summer Play Camp at Blue Rock School
110 Demarest Mill Road, West Nyack

Weekly visits by local animal shelter with many different animals to pet and hold. Past animals have included rabbits, snakes, mice, and turtles!

Westfair Swim Camp
Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville

Pace University has a nature center a short walk away from the pool! Campers visit the nature center weekly and enjoy the animals. Frequently campers are fortunate enough to run into the director who is always happy to share interesting information regarding wildlife, including birds of prey!

YMCA of White Plains
250 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains

In the summer months, we will take the opportunity to explore our environment and see how we can make a difference one camper at a time. Through a variety of scheduled trips, students will have the opportunity to explore nature and the different types of habitats that animals live in.

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