Natural Science Summer Day Camp

Teatown Camp brings kids outside to learn about and explore the natural world in our 1,000-acre preserve. In four two-week sessions, our age-specific activities encourage the spirit of discovery!

Registration

Registration is now open for all campers.

If you wish to mail in your registration, click here.

Camp Mission

Our mission at Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp is to provide a safe, non-competitive summer haven where kids can be kids. We spend our days learning by exploring, discovering new things about ourselves, each other and the earth, and developing friendships and respect for all living things.

Our camp program has three goals:

  • To instill appreciation and understanding of nature
  • To develop a sense of place and belonging
  • To foster a sense of personal and civic environmental responsibility

Session I

Jun 29-Jul 10

Theme: Animal Antics, Forces of Nature

Session II

Jul 13-24

Theme: Strive to Survive, No Place Like Home

Session III

Jul 27-Aug 7

Theme: Planet Patrol, Eat or Be Eaten

Session IV

Aug 10-21

Theme: Come to Your Senses, Rhythms of Life

Support a child in need

With your donation and the help of other generous families, Teatown will be able to offer camp scholarships to under-resourced families whose children would not otherwise be able to attend our summer camp.

100% of your contribution will go towards providing underserved children with the invaluable experience of connecting with nature through our natural science day camp.

Age Groups

Half Day: For children age 4 or those entering Kindergarten; Full Day: For children entering Kindergarten only

Campers sprout in nature through hikes, hands-on discoveries, and storytelling. Sensory activities include muddy hands and wet feet as we investigate what lives beneath the soil and in the water. Campers also experience their first encounters with Teatown’s animal ambassadors.

Half Day: 9:00 am—12:00 pm; Full Day: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm

For children entering 1st & 2nd grade  Daily exploration of forests, fields, and streams lead campers farther out on Teatown trails. Engage in up-close interactions with the natural community, like frogs, salamanders, and insects. Curiosity is nurtured through mini-experiments, inquiry, and nature play. Half Day: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Full Day: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

For children entering 3rd & 4th grade  The spirit of discovery kicks into high gear for 8 and 9 year olds. Campers learn about the delicate balance in the great web of life by exploring, playing games, and participating in mini-projects on sustainability, habitats, food webs, and wildlife stewardship. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

For children entering 3rd-7th grade, Sessions II and III Take the Teatown camp experience and knowledge and apply it to exciting hands-on projects. Contribute to international and regional citizen science research, and learn fun and easy field research techniques. Campers are bused from the Lakeside Parking Lot to Cliffdale. 9:00 am- 3:00 pm

For girls entering 3rd – 7th grade, Sessions I and IV Engage in activities designed to inspire leadership, teamwork and self-discovery. Explore ways Nature Girls of the past have paved the way for Nature Girls of the present and future. Children are bused from the Lakeside Parking Lot to Cliffdale each day. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

For children entering 5th, 6th & 7th grade Embark on investigations to learn about our region’s biodiversity. Trek and explore new destinations along managed trails to adjacent county parks. Use technology to navigate and to practice conservation methods. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

For children entering 8th & 9th grade Build confidence on challenging and vigorous terrain beyond Teatown’s boundaries. Learn about current environmental issues while exploring local ecosystems including rocky mountaintops, salt and freshwater marshes, and the Hudson River. Engage in stewardship projects at Teatown. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Registration

NOTE:  To register for the February 5, 2020 New Members with First Time Campers Registration, memberships must be purchased before February 1.

For 2020 camp fees, click here.

Parent Orientation: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend our camp orientation. Topics: camp philosophy, safety, appropriate clothing and gear, staff training, daily activities, and Q & A.

Returning camper registration starts January 8, 2020. Registration for members with first time campers starts February 5, 2020. Registration for non-members with first time campers starts March 4, 2020.

Registration can be done online or by downloading and sending camp forms to Millie Dellaquila, Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining, NY 10562.

NOTE:  To register for the February 5, 2020 New Members with First Time Campers Registration, memberships must be purchased before February 1.

To make your experience a pleasant one, we have provided you with a handy checklist, parking letter and orientation letter, which explains camp details such as pick-up/drop-off procedures, meeting areas, staffing, camp attire, lunch and snack, health and safety policies, etc.

Parent Orientation Letter (PDF)

Cliffdale Nature Girls Letter and Earth Stewards Letter (PDF)

Children’s Camps in New York State

Weekly Fee:  7:45 am – 8:45 am  $50/child

Weekly Fee:  3:00 pm – 5:30 pm  $100/child

This is a flat fee per week, per child whether you use all or part of the time.  Children will be supervised by camp staff.  Snacks, board games, craft materials and outdoor play will be available.

Withdrawal from camp prior to June 15, 2020 refunded total fee less 25% administrative costs.  No refund for any reason after June 15, 2020.

Teatown offers a limited number of scholarships to children who could not otherwise attend summer camp. Fill out the Scholarship Form and mail to:

Teatown Lake Reservation
Camp Scholarships
1600 Spring Valley Rd.
Ossining, NY 10562Scholarship Form

Contact Millie at 914-762-2912 x 111 or mdellaquila@teatown.org.

Counselors & CITs

Weekly Fee:  7:45 am – 8:45 am  $50/child

Weekly Fee:  3:00 pm – 5:30 pm  $100/child

This is a flat fee per week, per child whether you use all or part of the time.  Children will be supervised by camp staff.  Snacks, board games, craft materials and outdoor play will be available.

Withdrawal from camp prior to June 15, 2020 refunded total fee less 25% administrative costs.  No refund for any reason after June 15, 2020.

Teatown offers a limited number of scholarships to children who could not otherwise attend summer camp. Fill out the Scholarship Form and mail to:

Teatown Lake Reservation
Camp Scholarships
1600 Spring Valley Rd.
Ossining, NY 10562Scholarship Form

Contact Millie at 914-762-2912 x 111 or mdellaquila@teatown.org.