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About Us: Forest Play Summer Program at Blue Rock School

girl picking snacking on garden greens in front of raised vegetable bed
Our program is located on the campus of Blue Rock School, a progressive independent school in Rockland County. Activities and play take place outdoors on our beautiful five acre property, in the classrooms of Blue Rock School's 18th century farmhouse, and in two additional sunny, spacious buildings. Our playgrounds, gardens and wooded hillsides are special places to explore and they are beloved to the campers that return year after year.

Small Groups Doing Big Things

Forest Play Summer Program is small and cozy. When setting a rhythm for the day, we strive to create a balance between scheduled activities and opportunity for choice and free play. Staff quickly get to know all the kids, and all of this makes for a close-knit, warm community.

Friendships that Last

With our relaxed pace, we find that the friendships formed at Forest Play Summer Program are special and strong. Our adult group leaders manage the natural conflicts of childhood expertly, transforming them into learning opportunities. Parents often tell us how much their child has grown emotionally in the time they've they spend with us.

Our Philosophy
boy playing with clay

At Forest Play Summer Program we believe that children grow by doing - and through direct experience.  Just for a bit, our program brings back the old-fashioned, screen free, endless days of summer that we all remember. 

Our History
Planting seed in raised garden bed

Forest Play Summer Program at Blue Rock School is a four week program that was started in 2001 by parents and teachers to provide a safe, child-centered and joyous experience for campers, and to share the "Blue Rock Experience" with the broader community.

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