Lime Hollow Nature Center
Peaceful Pond at Lime Hollow
Kids Climbing Trees

Camps at Lime Hollow

The entire Lime Hollow staff truly looks forward to each and every day during the summer. Come rain or shine, mosquitoes or deer flies, the excitement we see in the faces and the enthusiasm we hear in the voices of our campers makes us smile.

The children’s eagerness is palpable and their energy is contagious. How we enjoy listening to the stories of their Lime Hollow adventures and discoveries.

It’s also very gratifying to realize that simply by providing a high quality experience in nature to our local kids, we are meeting our founders’ core mission -- which is to develop a connection to the natural world and a caring between people of all ages and backgrounds and nature.

Summer Adventure Day Camp

Knee High Naturalists: Camp Gustafson Day Camp, Ages 3-5 (Half Day)

Junior Naturalists: Camp Gustafson Day Camp, Ages 6-8 (Full Day)

Master Naturalists: Camp McLean Day Camp, Ages 9-14 (Full Day)

Voyager Camp

Wanderers Camp

Earth Works Art Camp, July 24-28

Counselor-in-Training Camp


Camp McLean Farmers Market


Adventure Day Camps (3-14 yrs)

Kids exploring nature, socializing, enjoying fresh air, and getting exercise – that's what our Adventure Day Camps are all about. An increasingly popular alternative to traditional day care, killing time at home, and going to "the babysitter" – these popular nature-oriented summer and school-vacation day camps (age 3-14) are hitting all-time attendance records.

Interested? Registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis – and membership at Lime Hollow will earn you a discount. Give us a call or send in the registration form below for upcoming camps!



The Art of Mentoring

Our summer nature camps have operated since the early 1990s and have positively impacted countless Cortland area youths.
Peter Harrity, Lime Hollow's Senior Naturalist, has helped pioneer a new model of environmental education here at Lime Hollow, based on renowned tracker Jon Young's "Art of Mentoring."

A growing number of incredibly diverse and rigorous research studies indicate the importance of spending creative, unstructured play out-of-doors, and provide evidence that nature contact promotes healthier social behavior, helps alleviate stress, improves resilience, and improves recovery from physical trauma. A one-stop visit to any nature center simply lacks the impact of multiple visits and additional outdoor time.

By providing continuity for all our camps and environmental education offerings, our new educational campus will connect all of our age groups and potentially allow students to start at Lime Hollow as a 3-year-old Nature’s Keeper and attend camp until they reach 17 years old. These campers, in turn, could potentially be the best future recruits for the New Vision Environmental Science program, offered by our local OCM BOCES.

Read more about "The Art of Mentoring"

Read more about "The Mentor"