The Pfeiffer Center offers a variety of programs for children. We serve diverse communities and often bring together children who do not meet in other school or social settings. All our activities for children help build the future health of the earth by encouraging an attitude of reverence and joy toward nature and all its beings.
Neighbor to Neighbor
Neighbor to Neighbor is an afterschool program that runs for sixteen weeks of each school year. The program fosters community relationships between high schoolers from Green Meadow Waldorf School and a diverse population of students from a local public middle school. Pfeiffer Center gardener-educators empower the kids in Neighbor to Neighbor to bridge their diverse life experiences and build a sense of community through guided social and agricultural experiences. This program is a partnership between the Pfeiffer Center, Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge Middle School, and The Nature Place Day Camp.
Farm and Garden Days
For two weeks in August, Farm and Garden Days is digging potatoes, picking peas, milking cows, meeting workhorses, sheep and chickens, looking in on the honeybees, making pizza in an outdoor wood-fired clay oven, and more — with plenty of time for swims, exploring nearby woods and streams, art activities, music and games. A collaboration between The Nature Place and the Pfeiffer Center.
Nature Place Day Camp
The Pfeiffer Center provides a rich variety of garden experiences for campers at The Nature Place, a non-competitive, nature-oriented day camp that operates from June through early August on the grounds of Green Meadow Waldorf School and the Threefold Educational Center campus.
The Outdoor Lesson
The Outdoor Lesson is an innovative environmental education program for children of all ages. Using a wide variety of age-appropriate gardening and other outdoor activities, the Outdoor Lesson brings children a heightened appreciation of the origins and contents of the foods we eat, and the connections between human labor and the food on our table.