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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.

Beth El Day Camp
1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle
914-235-2700 x256

Our nature program fosters awareness and an understanding of environmental issues and creatures large and small. We encourage and model sustainable practices and activities. Our petting zoo is a highlight every summer.

Camp Hillard
26 Elizabeth St. Scarsdale NY
914-949-8857

Nature activities include craft projects using materials from nature, the weather station, appreciation of the environment, and collecting and identifying natural specimens such as trees, flowers, rocks, insects, and birds. Exhibits of various animals is also a highlight.

Camp Nabby
1 Nabby Hill
914-528-7796

Nabby’s nature program, is a focal point of our facility and a favorite with our campers. The log cabin nature center and our pristine hiking trails give kids the opportunity to get up close and personal with the natural world around them. We have live animals and a giant teepee!

Camp Ramaquois
30 Mountain Road, Pomona
845-354-1600

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.

Deer Mountain Day Camp
63 Call Hollow Rd
845-354-2727

Deer Mountain’s stunning mountainside location, its ecology, topography, and plant life give us a tremendous canvas to design nature programs our campers love. We have a petting zoo and reptile center, organic garden, lake and stream for boating, fishing and crayfishing, full campsite and equipment to navigate the wilderness.

Friends of Rye Nature Center
873 Boston Post Road
914-967-5150

Our summer day camp provides ecological exploration for preschool-seventh grade. Set on 47 acres of forest and trails, our camp creates an ideal opportunity to explore the outdoors. Our Paddle Adventure Camp provides the opportunity for eighth-10th graders to kayak and explore the Hudson Valley.

Southwoods Camp
532 NYS Route 74
914-214-8780

Comprehensive Nature program, frog catching, and orienteering are offered. Southwoods is nestled in the heart of the Adirondack mountains and offers many nature adventures.

Summer Stars at Scarsdale Synagogue
2 Ogden Road
914-723-3001

We have several visits from a naturalist over the course of the summer. The children are introduced to animals, and they learn how they live, what they eat, and how they spend their day.

The Whale Camp
Grand Manan island, New Brunswick
610-399-1463

No other marine science camp offers as many opportunities to closely observe and study whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and puffins in their own natural habitat.

Westfair Swim Camp
Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville
914-588-2971

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!


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