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 currently closed. For 2019 registration dates, please check back soon.

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 25 – Jul 6*

Theme: Earth Protectors, Strive & Thrive

* Session 1 is 9 days–no camp July 4.

Session II

Jul 9 – Jul 20

Theme: Defensive Strategies, Nature’s Recyclers

Session III

Jul 23 – Aug 3

Theme: Quest for Food, Bones & Stones

Session IV

Aug 6 – Aug 17

Theme: Homes & Habitats, Navigation

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 7th grade Ignite the spark within! Campers will gain an awareness of the land as well as themselves, when they learn and apply the skills of our ancestors. Fire making, tracking, navigation, plant identification, and others, all while leaving no trace.

Note: While this group will run each session, campers can only be signed up for one session of this group.

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 1, 2018 New Members with First Time Campers Registration, memberships must be purchased before February 1.

Click here to view 2018 Camp Fees.

Parent Orientation will be on May 30, 2018.

Returning camper registration starts January 3. 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, 2018 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, 2018 refunded total fee less 25% administrative costs.  No refund for any reason after June 15, 2018.

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.