Summer Camps That Offer Nature and Petting Zoo Programs for Campers on Long Island

Summer Camps That Offer Nature and Petting Zoo Programs for Campers on Long Island

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 Harbor
17 Three Sisters Road
631-584-5555

Our nature program is run by an NYS-certified science teacher. The children do hands-on experiments, dissect small animals, and participate in learning activities.

Camp St. Patrick
280 E. Main St., Smithtown
631-360-0185

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
516-692-6768

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!

Dorothy P. Flint Nassau County 4-H Camp
5 Old Jericho Turnpike
5164337970 Ext. 11

Campers that sign up for this class have the chance to experience the beauty of our 40 acre farm! They will have hands on farm experience working with the Cornell University Research Lab, learning how to grow vegetables and flows, and caring for our farm animals.

Gersh Academy at West Hills Day Camp
21 Sweet Hollow Road, Huntington
631-427-6700

Take a stroll down to the pond at West Hills Day Camp and you'll see all sorts of local 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.

Grady Edu
1399 jerusalem ave
516-401-4100

Join the fun, get in touch with your nature side. Join the shows at the zoo. Includes feeding and petting the most exotic animals.

Kenwal Day Camp
100 Drexel Ave., Melville
631-694-3399

Created with passion by our certified biology teacher, nature is a big part of our camp program. With more than eight acres of onsite 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
516-238-4586

L.I. Voyager’s Day Camp offers trips to Atlantis Marine 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.

Oasis Camp On The Sound
158 Manorhaven Blvd., Manorhaven
646-519-5077

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
516-626-9268

Throughout the summer, campers are delighted to learn about and interact with a variety of petting animals brought to camp.

Pierce Country Day Camp
37 Mineola Ave, Roslyn, NY 11576
516-621-2211

Pierce not only has our very own nature program, but a host of furry friends also call Pierce home. We offer pony rides on Petey and Checkers and plenty of opportunity to interact with our two pygmy goats, three bunnies, and three chickens. Not to mention our gardening program!

Portledge Summer Adventures
355 Duck Pond Rd
516-750-3104

Explore Coffin Woods and experience a variety of learning with naturalist and biology teacher. Identify and explore native and non-native plants, trails, woodland animals, birds, pond life, and more. Learn to use a compass, mapping skills, ecology, and conservation.

Thomas School of Horsemanship
250 Round Swamp Road, Melville
631-692-6840

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
631-643-7900

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 natural world. Learning about flora and fauna through projects like gardening, forest exploration, and caring for our chickens and tortoises.


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