For Animal Lovers

Some of the Valley’s top camps for animal lovers

Bridle Hill Farm LLC

190 Hemmer Rd., Jeffersonville

At this solar-powered equestrian hideaway, a working dairy farm dating from the 1830s, kids of all ages learn how to ride horseback and explore picturesque trails.
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., June-September
Session length: One day per session
Drop-off/Pick-up: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Age: All ages
Cost: $45 per session


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Common Ground Farm Camp

79 Farmstead Ln., Wappingers Falls

Whether it’s in the garden, the barn, or pond, Common Ground Farm Camp inspires children to appreciate nature. Discovery walks, an investigation of farm animals, and harvesting in the field are all part of the enlightening activities — as are hand-made cookbooks and collages.
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., July 10-September 1
Session length: Five days per session
Drop-off/Pick-up: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (half day); 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (full day)
Ages: 3-15
Cost: $210 (half day); $260 (full day)


Phillies Bridge Farm Summer Camp

45 Phillies Bridge Rd., New Paltz
845-256-9108; (
Jasmine Wood)

This 65-acre farm, complete with vegetable fields and an herb garden, is just the dreamy spot for wannabe chefs and farmers. The hands-on summer camp spans such “get your hands dirty” activities as planting, harvesting, and identifying wild edibles. Nature journaling will only strengthen your young one’s connection to the soil.
Schedule: Mon.-Fri. or Mon.- Thurs. (depending on session), June-August
Session length: One or two weeks per session
Drop-off/Pick-up: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages: 4-12
Cost: $325- $650

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