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April Dirt

Re-Purposing With a Purpose:
DIYFTP (Do It Yourself, For The Planet) No-Sew Tote Bag

Happy Earth Day Everyone! We're so excited to celebrate our planet today and every day. Here's an Earth Day project that is as fun as it is functional!

This simple project feeds two birds with one seed, in terms of doing good for the environment. First, you get to upcycle your old clothing and give it new life (read all about why this is HUGELY important for our planet in Ayla's Sustainability Scoop below). Second, you also get a reusable bag to take with you for shopping trips, grocery runs, farmer's markets, the gym, and everywhere else a bag might come in handy - and ditch the single-use plastic bag plague! Plus, you're eliminating the need for any new materials to be used in creating this 'new' object.

Here's how to do it:
Lay your t-shirt out flat with the seams lined up as shown above. Then fold your shirt in half horizontally and line up the sleeves. Grab a pair of sharp scissors.
Cut along the seam of the sleeves to cut them off. (If you don't have sharp enough scissors, you can cut each of the sleeves off individually). Cut a deep 'U' in the collar to create the handles. When you unfold your shirt, it will look like this!
Turn your shirt inside out and cut strips along the bottom of the shirt. Make them about 2-4" in length, and about .5" wide. Next, simply tie the strips on the front of the shirt to their respective strips on the back, to form the bottom of the bag.
You'll notice that there are gaps in between each pair of ties once you're done. To close the gaps, tie the top strip of each knot to the bottom strip of the adjacent knot. Tie a double knot on the two corners of the bag for added security.
Turn your shirt right-side out and voila!
There you have it. We don't know about you, but we'll never buy another tote again!

The Nature Place's Sustainability Page

In honor of Earth Day, we're thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new web page all about environmental sustainability. This page provides insight into our camp's sustainability efforts, and also serves as a hub for information about this topic. Visit our page for upcoming environmentally-oriented events in the NY-metro area, opportunities for activism, and resources for delving deeper into sustainability.
If you have info about upcoming events or anything else you'd like us to share, please let us know so that we can add it to this living, growing page.

Dig into The Dirt

click an image below to open the article of your choice
by Ayla Dunn-Bieber
April Showering
by Chuck Stead
Every Day is Earth Day
by Paul Tappenden

Upcoming Events & Announcements

Earth Day Fest & Clothing Swap TODAY

Hosted by The Hungry Hollow Co-op
4/22: 10 AM - 4 PM| Activities, music, food, info, and a clothing swap (drop, swap, or simply take)!
The Hungry Hollow Co-op
841 Chestnut Ridge Road | Chestnut Ridge, NY

Wild Edibles Food Foraging

4/28: 12 - 1 PM | Join us for a vernal adventure into our environs to discover what’s growing wild and edible in our area. Free event!
The Nature Place Day Camp @ Green Meadow Waldorf School: 307 Hungry Hollow Road | Chestnut Ridge, NY

Primitive Living Skills - Family:

4/28: 2 PM - 4:30 PM| Bowl and Spoon Making (Part 2)
5/5: 2 PM - 4:30 PM| Harvesting and Processing Spring Plants for Survival
For families with children ages 6 and up.
Check out workshop details and register here!

Primitive Living Skills - Children:

4/28: 10 AM - 12:30 PM Natural Camouflage, Tracking, and Stalking
5/5: 10 AM - 12:30 PM Harvesting and Processing Spring Plants for Survival
Ages 10-14. Check out workshop details + register here!

Family Day Hike in Harriman

5/4: 10 AM - 1 PM | Join Nature Place trip leaders for a fun, family-friendly excursion in our favorite stomping grounds--Harriman State Park. Free event!
Email to register and receive further details, including the meet-up location.

Primitive Living Skills - Adult Full-Day:

Learn to Basket Weave
5/11: 10 AM - 4 PM | Full-day workshop for adults 17+. Check out all workshop details and register here!
The Nature Place @ Threefold Educational Center
285 Hungry Hollow Road | Chestnut Ridge, NY

Pfeiffer Center Plant Sale

5/17, 5/18, & 5/19: 9 AM - 4 PM | Beautiful, healthy, biodynamically raised plants for sale. Vegetables, herbs, flowers, tomatoes for your garden. More info here.
The Pfeiffer Center @ Threefold Educational Center
260 Hungry Hollow Road | Chestnut Ridge, NY

9th Annual Sheep and Wool Festival

Hosted by the Fiber Craft Studio
5/19: 10 AM - 4 PM | Hands-on activities, vendors and artisans, fuzzy farm animals to pet. More info here.
The Fiber Craft Studio @ Threefold Educational Center
285 Hungry Hollow Road | Chestnut Ridge, NY

Camp is Filling Up!

With the first day of camp exactly 70 days away, camp spots are filling up. Just a tad over two months from now we'll be laughing, exploring, playing, and growing all together in the sun! Enroll today to secure your spot for our 34th summer.
"Every spring is the only spring - a perpetual astonishment" 

- Ellis Peters

Upcoming Open Houses

Sunday, April 28th
Saturday, May 11th
Sunday. May 19th

Please email us in advance at to set up your appointment. 

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