Natural Science Summer Day Camp

Teatown Camp brings kids outside to learn about and explore the natural world in four two-week sessions that provide age-specific activities to encourage the spirit of discovery.

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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, learn by exploring, discover new things about themselves, each other and the earth, and develop 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
June 26th – July 7th
Session II
July 10th – July 21st
Session III
July 24th – August 4th
Session IV
August 7th – August 18th

Age Groups

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

Wake up the senses of the “budding” naturalist in this introductory camp experience. Stories, songs, simple crafts, hands-on discoveries and imaginary play all combine to open up the world of small wonders for the youngest campers.

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

For children entering 1st & 2nd grade  Trekkers enjoy habitat explorations by seeing and doing. Mini-experiments, inquiry-based interactions and nature crafts along with creative play and hikes encourage camper’s natural curiosity. 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 Cliffdale’s fields, forest and wetlands are the base for Field Station Teatown! Campers engage in field investigations, mini-experiments and wildlife conservation techniques to build their knowledge of ecology and natural history. 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 This program focuses on encouraging girls to get out and truly be ‘wild women’. In addition to the classic Teatown experience, Nature Girls focus on cooperation, self confidence, and leadership skills as they follow in the footsteps of Jane Goodall and other great Nature Girls. 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 Action-packed days of hiking, climbing and field excursions create a memorable experience for Junior Naturalists.  By participating in conservation efforts such as invasive pulls, habitat surveys and more, Junior Naturalists are encouraged through knowledge and investigations to care about  our region’s flora and fauna. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

For children entering 7th grade, Session IV How does nature inspire your child? Using creative forms of expression, such as photography, writing and art, campers learn about our natural environment and tell their story in a variety of ways

For children entering 8th & 9th grade Designed for active teens, this challenging adventure camp travels off-site daily to discover new places and learn about biological diversity and local ecosystems.  Past trips have included explorations of rocky mountaintops, salt and freshwater marshes, and visits to local zoos, wildlife preserves, and state parks. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Registration

NOTE:  To register for the February 1, 2017 New Members with First Time Campers Registration, memberships must be purchased before February 1.

Click here to view 2017 Camp Fees.

Returning camper registration starts January 11. Registration for members with first time campers starts February 1. Registration for non-members with first time campers starts March 1.

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 1, 2017 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, 2017 refunded total fee less 25% administrative costs.  No refund for any reason after June 15, 2017.

Teatown offers a limited number of scholarships to children who could not otherwise attend summer camp. Scholarship Form. 

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