2024 Program Calendar


    Camp Activities, Programs and Local Events

CEC and Local Upcoming Events/Activities for all Guests 2024


  • Reserving Cabins/Campsites for 2024 Season is Open

April 2024

  • Total Eclipse Viewing (Campfire Gathering): April 8th, Arrive at 1pm at Parking Area on Hammond Hill Rd.  Eclipse begins around 2pm. Please email: campearthconnection@gmail.com if you would like to join us.
  • A Walk in the Woods: April 15-17th, A 3-Day Backpacking Trip w/Eshay on the Finger Lakes Trail. Email Eshay, for more information and to register, email Eshay at campearthconnection@gmail.com
  • Earth Day Celebration, 5:30-7:30pm. Monday, April 22nd. Free guided Tree and Bird Walk at Camp Earth Connection and on the trails of Hammond Hill State Forest. Email Eshay, campearthconnection@gmail.com

May 2023

  • Campground Opens on May 3rd, 2024
  • Ithaca Farmer’s Market, Saturdays, 9am – 3pm at Steamboat Landing in Ithaca, Dates TBA
  • 42nd Annual Spring Garden Fair at Ithaca Farmer’s Market at Steamboat Landing, Dates TBA
  • Memorial Day Weekend: Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27.  
  • Campfire Pancake Breakfast & Saturday Evening Community CampfiresStarting Memorial Day Weekend, Saturdays, from May 25 through Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd .
  • Ithaca Festival, May 30th – June 2nd

June 2023

  • Celebrating Diversity Open House at Camp Earth Connection, Saturday, June 8th at 1pm
  • Campfire Pancake Breakfasts, Saturdays 8:30-9:30am or until pancakes are gone!
  • Community Campfires, TBA
  • Planet Earth Movie Nights Dates TBA
    • Short Movie’s (or clips) considering how to better care for and live on of our Planet Earth followed by a campfire chat.  Campfire Popcorn snack.
  • A Walk in the Woods, June 16th – 18th, A 3-day Backpacking Trip with Eshay in the Adirondack Mountains.  Email Eshay for more information and to register at campearthconnection@gmail.com

July 2023

  • July 4th Weekend (begins Friday, June 30th):
  • Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival – Dates TBA.
  • Campfire Pancake Breakfasts, Saturdays 8:30-9:30am or until pancakes are gone!

August 2023

  • Final Campfire Pancake Breakfast  of the season on Saturday,  August 31st

September 2023

  • Labor Day, begins Friday August 30th – Monday, Sept. 2nd
  • Eshay’s Vacation, Sept. 2nd- Sept. 6th – Camp is closed except for long-term guests. 

October 2023

  • A Walk in the Woods: A 3-Day Backpacking Trip in the Finger Lakes Region with Eshay. Email Eshay at campearthconnection@gmail.com for more information and to register.
  • Indigenous Peoples Day Monday, October 9th, 2023. Camp Earth Connection would like to honor and recognize all the native peoples of this land who still live here and who’s lives and land were stolen from them. In particular in this region we recognize, the Haudenosaunee people(aka Iroquois as named by the white man) and the Gayogoho:no (Cayuga as named by the white man.)
  • Indigenous Peoples Day Camping Weekend, Friday, October 11th – Monday, October 14th, 2024.
  • October 27th, 2024 Camp Earth Connection Closes for the Season.  See you next year.
  • Full amenity cabins available throughout the Winter Season:



Winter Solstice Campfire Gathering and Forest Moon Cottage Open House, December 21, 2022, 4pm – 6pm

  • Where: Park in Hammond Hill Rd public parking area (off of Irish Settlement Rd.) Do NOT take alternate route as they are seasonal roads not drivable.)
  • When:  Arrive by dusk if you want to be there when the fire is lit & we celebrate the solstice.  Event is from 4-6pm
  • What to bring: Mug for hot cocoa or tea, dogs must be on a leash & friendly, warm clothes, paper & pen (if you want to burn anything any wishes in the fire.)
  • What you need to know:
    • You will need to take your shoes off, if you want to walk around Forest Moon Cottage. 
    • All events are alcohol and drug free at Camp Earth Connection.
    • Dogs must be on a leash and friendly with other dogs and people, no dogs in Forest Moon.
  • Cost: Free, but please RSVP at campearthconnection@gmail.com

Camp Earth Connection Winter’s Day Retreat,  Saturday, January 14, 202, 10am – 4pm.  To Register and for more Information visit Retreat Page.

Eshay’s Writers Retreat, Friday, February 10 – Sunday, February 12, 2023, Friday, 1pm – Sunday, 1pm. More information coming shortly.

Camp Earth Connection includes a campground with both primitive and cabin camping facilities; adult programming, such as the Healing Hearts Retreats; and Children and Family Summer Programs. The camp is also rented out to individuals, families, and groups to host camping, special events and celebrations of all kinds.

Our Mission & Vision

At Camp Earth Connection we provide a safe space for all individuals, children and families.  We design our programs to be inclusive and anti-biased and provide a diverse staff to meet the needs of a diverse community in an alcohol and drug free environment.  We create communities that embrace and respect diversity.

Camp Earth Connection provides inspirational outdoor experiences which result in a greater appreciation for nature and a passion for learning more about the environment. Camp Earth Connection is all about You, Me and Us, and together we make community.


Camp Earth Connection is nestled in the beautiful Hammond Hill State Forest in the town of Dryden, 12 miles East of Ithaca, New York.  A 19-mile Trail System accessible from the camp is designed to offer recreation activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.

Click here for directions and a map.