Since 1983, the Cary Institute of Ecoystem Studies has been a leading independent environmental research organization devoted to such topics as climate change and urban ecology. Through its Eco-Discovery camp, kids closely observe ecosystems and conduct scientific investigations. Alternatively, the new Art + Science session explores the dynamic relationship between the two disciplines.
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., June-August
Session length: One week per session (June 27-August 26 for Eco-Discovery; July 25-August 5 for Art + Science)
Drop-off/Pick-up: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (4 p.m. late pick- up)
Ages: Grades 2-12
Locations in Brewster, Congers, Fishkill, Goshen, Newburgh, New Paltz, New Windsor, Orangetown, Otisville, Pawling, Poughkeepsie, Poughquag, Rhinebeck, Stone Ridge, Suffern, and Walden
Hands-on science programs are the draw of this camp, which has myriad locations across the Hudson Valley. This year kids can build rockets, learn chemistry lab techniques, and construct projects with LEGO bricks.
Schedule: See website
Session length: One week per session
Ages: Grades pre-K through 5
Cost: Varies depending on session
To foster creativity, the holistic-minded Randolph School hosts playful, educational camp sessions that encourage kids to study insects in the garden, learn to identify native trees, and create a worm lab.
Schedule: Mon.-Fri., June 26-August 18
Session length: Five days per session
Drop-off/Pick-up: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 (ages 3-5); 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $200 (half day); $325 (full day)