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Our Summer Nature Program on Long Island


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Hands-On Ecology, Sustainability, and Gardening Classes For Kids

Usdan’s woodland campus is an ideal place to experience and learn about the natural world. Led by experienced nature educators, this hands-on program helps students foster a connection with the environment through exploration, creativity, and mindfulness. At our Nature Center and Organic Garden, students learn about the plants and wildlife of Usdan, make art from natural materials, care for Usdan’s pets, grow food and other plants, learn about sustainable practices and design, and connect with other nature enthusiasts. 

Nature & Sustainability students will be outdoors all day. When it rains, they will work on projects in well-ventilated studios with windows and doors open. 

For up-to-date information on COVID procedures in the Nature & Sustainability Department, please visit our COVID Updates page.

In addition to their three-period Major, Nature & Sustainability students enjoy a rotating one-period Recreational Activity every day with their group. Visit our Recreational Arts page for more information.

Summer Camp Transportation for Long Island and NYC Kids

For over fifty years, Usdan has offered an enriching summer camp experience to children all over the region, from Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn in New York City, to Port Washington and Huntington, and all over Nassau and Suffolk counties. Usdan offers busing to and from camp from convenient central pickup locations. For more information on busing, please visit our Transportation page






Nature, Ecology & Design

Available for 4-Week A Block 1, 4-Week A Block 2, 4-Week B Block 1, 4-Week B Block 2 sessions.
Major classes.
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Organic Gardening & Sustainability

Available for 4-Week A Block 1, 4-Week A Block 2, 4-Week B Block 1, 4-Week B Block 2 sessions.
Major classes.
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Department Faculty & Staff

Amanda Signorelli

Faculty, Nature, Ecology & Design

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Chelsea Parise

Faculty, Organic Gardening & Sustainability

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Cindy Rosin

Faculty, Nature & Sustainability

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