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 closed.

Camp update 6/12/2020

On Friday, June 12, the Teatown Staff and Board met and came to the difficult decision to not open summer camp this year. This decision was not made lightly but rather after many weeks of deliberation. Paramount in the decision-making process was the health and safety of campers and staff. Teatown Summer Camp is a season filled with the joy of discovery, the pleasure of kids being kids: making friends, catching frogs, fort building, games and crafts, shared experiences, muddy feet, and even muddier hands. This summer’s protocols would strip away those basic elements, filling the summer instead with reminders to campers to stay 6 feet apart, put on face masks, wash hands. It would be a season of “don’t” rather than “do.”

The logistics of running camp under these conditions for a greatly reduced number of campers goes against the spirit of what camp at Teatown represents. With the release of New York State and Westchester County guidelines this week, including increased restrictions and reporting requirements, the negatives of running camp mounted. Despite the serious financial impacts to the organization, it was clear that the positive experience of camp for the community we serve could not be achieved.

Teatown’s Staff and Board deeply appreciate the patience and loyalty of our wonderful, supportive community. We have seen and spoken with many of you while hiking with your families on the trails this spring and hope to see you throughout the summer. We are turning our energy to new weekday activities for families, virtual camp sessions, and more. Please check our website often for updates.

Families who choose to move this year’s registration fees (locking in this year’s rate for next year), to Summer Camp 2021 should contact Millie Dellaquila at mdellaquila@teatown.org. Please notify Mille by June 19th of your intentions to move your registration fees forward or to make a donation of any amount. The refund process will begin on June 22. Please be patient as we undertake this monumental task. If the credit card used when you registered for camp is no longer valid please let us know.

Your support during this time is vital to our non-profit organization, as the cancellation of summer camp, school science field trips this spring, and public events since March have done significant financial damage to our programs. If you are able to do so, please consider donating a portion of this year’s camp registration fees to Teatown so that we can emerge from this difficult time strong and able to continue our mission of encouraging lifelong environmental stewardship. We gratefully appreciate any amount you might consider donating in support of Teatown.

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.

The Parent Orientation scheduled for May 27 is postponed while we await further direction regarding the opening of summer camps by the Governor.

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.