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!

Summer 2021 Registration

Teatown appreciates the community’s support of our Natural Science Summer Day Camp, as demonstrated by strong early registration. Due to the current CDC and Westchester County Board of Health protocols that limit indoor capacity for summer camps, we have stopped registration and are no longer taking a waiting list. 

Please contact Millie at 914-762-2912 x 111 or camp@teatown.org for more info.

Teatown’s Plan for a Safe Summer

After more than a year of zoom classes and social distancing, we are thrilled to be able to provide a summer camp experience for your children at Teatown. Camper safety and happiness is, as always, our number one priority. We have developed a comprehensive Communicable Disease Plan that aligns with the CDC and Westchester County Department of Health (DOH) guidelines, trained our staff and prepared our facilities to safely run summer camp.

Camp will operate under a slightly different format this year due to COVID. There will still be hiking, nature exploration and yes, mud! We want to assure you that the changes are intended to provide a safe space for your campers and our staff. Since our plans are based on the CDC and WC DOH guidelines, they may be modified as new guidelines are released. The COVID-19 world is an ever-changing environment and we will adapt our practices as needed.

Camp Capacity and Cohorts

Although Teatown is situated on 1000 acres of land, poor weather conditions may require campers to occupy indoor spaces. To maintain safe physical distancing, we are limiting camp enrollment to comply with the required 50% reduction in indoor capacity.

Groups of campers and staff will operate as individual cohorts, and remain separate from other groups for the entire session. There will be no more than 12 campers and staff in each group.

Sanitation

Indoor space, bathrooms and equipment shared by different groups, will be sanitized with EPA- approved aerosolized sanitizing agents regularly and frequently, and between shared uses. Where possible, groups will get their own equipment and materials for their daily use.  Counselors will make sure that campers use hand sanitizer between activities and before eating.  Outdoor handwashing stations will be made available for camp use.

Drop Off and Pick Up

To reduce traffic, we have developed a staggered drop-off and pick-up system, and all camp cohorts will get a specific time slot.  Parents will remain in the car with your child until the camper is checked in by staff. Campers temperatures will be checked each morning upon admission to camp. Staff will escort your child to and from their group– parents/caretakers do not need to exit the car.

COVID at Camp

If a camper or staff member develops signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we will isolate him or her in the medical office and contact a parent or guardian for immediate pick up from camp. He or she cannot return to camp until 48 hours after signs and symptoms subside or a negative COVID-19 test is produced. Everyone else in the same group will also need to stay out of camp for 48 hours before returning. If anyone in a group tests positive for COVID-19, the entire group will also need to quarantine, per CDC guidelines.

Extra Training

Our staff this year are specially trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, understand the way the virus transmits between people and use hygiene best practices. Our senior staff are CPR/AED/First Aid-certified and Epi Pen/Allergy Recognition trained. As always, our EMT is on site to provide immediate care, a medical doctor is on call and the local ambulance corps are made aware of our camp operations.

Mask Wearing

Mask wearing significantly reduces the viral transmission of COVID-19. All staff and campers must wear masks at camp. The mask should be 2- or 3-ply and fit comfortably snug above the nose and below the chin. We will provide surgical masks to anyone who arrives at camp without one, or who needs a replacement during the day. Campers will get mask breaks during outdoor time, water breaks, lunch and snack time. During these breaks, staff and campers will maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing.

What to Bring to Camp

Campers should be dressed appropriately for the weather, wearing proper footwear for hiking — no sandals or open-toed shoes.  Please apply sunscreen and bug spray before bringing your children to camp since they will be outdoors all day. Hats are strongly recommended.  Rain jackets or slickers are a must for rainy days, and younger children should bring a labeled container with a change of clothes.

Campers should carry a backpack with lunch, a snack and a refillable water bottle.  This year, Teatown will not be providing snacks, but water and lemonade will be available during the day.

Travel Plans

If you have an out-of-state trip planned before your child attends camp, please abide by the latest travel regulations, quarantine and testing requirements listed on the Westchester County DOH website.

Maintaining Fun During COVID

Even during the pandemic, campers will be out in nature, exploring, hiking, discovering and making new friends – all the things that have made Teatown’s Natural Science Summer Day Camp a place that children return to year after year. We look forward to seeing your children this summer.

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 28-Jul 9

Theme: Animal Antics, Forces of Nature

Session II

Jul 12-23

Theme: Strive to Survive, No Place Like Home

Session III

Jul 26-Aug 6

Theme: Planet Patrol, Eat or Be Eaten

Session IV

Aug 9-20

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 March 1, 2021 New Members with First Time Campers Registration, memberships must be purchased before February 26.

For 2021 camp fees, click here.

Parent Orientation is scheduled for May 26, 2021.

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

We are unable to offer Extended Care for 2021 at this time. Please check back later.

Withdrawal from camp prior to June 15, 2021 refunded total fee less 25% administrative costs.  No refund for any reason after June 15, 2021.

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 10562

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