Find a camp in Nassau or Suffolk county for your nature- or animal-lover.
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If your little one prefers to interact with and learn about the natural world, including members of the animal kingdom, finding a camp on Long Island 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 Nassau and Suffolk counties offer nature programs and petting zoos, including camps located in Manorhaven, Wheatley Heights, Melville, Cold Spring Harbor, Smithtown, Middle Island, and Medford.
Camp St. Patrick
280 E. Main St., Smithtown
We visit venues such as Holbrook Ecology Center and Short Beach. Campers may take part in activities at these sites. Kiddie Camp will also attend White Post Farm.
Cold Spring harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
Give your young explorer a summer surrounded by nature! Their summer will be filled with Outdoor Nature Adventures, hands on activities, live animal encounters and nature crafts!
Gersh Academy at West Hills Day Camp
21 Sweet Hollow Road, Huntington
Take a stroll down to the pond at West Hills Day Camp and you'll see all sorts of animals and wildlife. Located near by is our petting area stocked with live goats ready to greet our campers! Don't forget to slap on a life-vest and take a boat ride.
Habitots Kids Club
1400 Middle Country Road, Middle Island and 703 Patchogue Yaphank Road, Medford
Some of our field trips include nature trails and petting zoos. Awesome time, especially for the campers who are born naturalists!
Kenwal Day Camp
100 Drexel Ave., Melville
Created with passion by our certified biology teacher, nature is a big part of our camp program. With over 8 acres of on site Nature trails, campers dig for dinosaur bones, hatch butterflies from caterpillars, observe the hatching of thousands of tadpoles and participate in awesome age appropriate experiments!
Long Island Voyagers Day Camp
Nassau and Suffolk locations
L.I. Voyager’s Day Camp offers trips to Atlantis Marie World and Aquarium, White Post Farms, Fire Island, Long Island Beaches and more! Our campers are able to explore, have fun and connect with nature. These activities are both enriching and fun, an excellent opportunity for children to broaden their horizons.
Long Island Whole Child Academy
175 Wolf Hill Road, Melville
All of our summer programs at the Long Island Whole Child Academy, from Environmental Boot Camp, to our hands-on MakerSpace, photography, art, music, theater, cooking, and Martial Arts put our children back into nature, on the shores of the Long Island Sound at Caumsett State Park, Huntington.
Oasis Camp On The Sound
158 Manorhaven Blvd., Manorhaven
Oasis utilizes the incredible collection of recreational facilities -tennis and basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, a skate park, roller hockey rink, on-site boating facility and beach to create an amazing summer experience for our campers. The swimming facilities include interactive features, such as a water slide and fountains.
Old Westbury Summer Camp
25 Store Hill Road, Old Westbury
Throughout the summer, campers are delighted to learn about and interact with a variety of petting animals brought to camp.
Quinipet Camp & Retreat Center
PO Box 549 | 99 Shore Road, Shelter Island Heights
Nature Exploration – Let's get lost! Learn about the various flora and fauna on the island, take a hike, and learn outdoor skills. Outdoor Cooking – Cook over an open fire! Learn how to make delicious food outside.
The Green Vale School
250 Valentine's Lane, Old Brookville
Little Naturalists: Our smallest nature lovers will investigate our campus with I-spy games and bug nets! They will unearth rocks for painting and leaves for tracing. They will ignite their sensory experiences with shells, sticks, sand, mud and tree bark.
Thomas School of Horsemanship
250 Round Swamp Road, Melville
Our petting zoo is a wonderful addition to our facility and a way of educating children about the benefits of raising small farm animals Currently we have roosters, chickens, goats, rabbits and miniature horses.
Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts
185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights
Usdan’s woodland setting provides an ideal habitat to study vibrant ecosystems. Through the lens of creative, sustainable environmental solutions, students get their hands dirty gaining an appreciation of the naturalworld. Learning about flora and fauna through projects like gardening, forest exploration and caring for our pet snakes, lizards, and tortoises.
Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts
185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights, NY 11798
In Usdan's hands-on nature program, students study the art of planting, growing and cultivating food by caring for the Camp's fruit and vegetable gardens, and learn to prepare simple dishes from the produce they grow. Students also care for Usdan's pet snakes, lizards, and tortoise.