Boys and girls entering pre-K to Grade 12 can explore and discover the natural environment of Westchester County with fun, hands-on experiences at our nature centers. Each camp will focus on different aspects of nature with weekly themes and teach youngsters about animals, insects, plants and more.

One and two week sessions are offered Monday, July 6 through Friday, Aug. 22. Times: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for campers entering Grades 1 to 12 and 9 a.m. to 12 noon for campers entering pre-K, at the following nature centers:

  • Cranberry Lake Preserve, North White Plains (914) 428-1005
  • Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye (914) 967-8720
  • Lenoir Nature Preserve, Yonkers (914) 968-5851
  • Marshlands Conservancy, Rye (914) 835-4466
  • Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River (914) 864-7322

 Fees range from $350 to $375 per child, per week.

Register for any of the camps at Web Trac registration system.

Cranberry Nature Camp
Set within beautiful wetlands, cliffs and forest of Cranberry Nature Preserve, Cranberry Nature Camp focuses on mammals, habitats and more.

Weekly Themes: Marvelous Mammals, Let’s Wing It, Habitats are Hip, Go for Gold, Animal Planet, Buggin’ Out, Mystery Week.

Groups and Sessions:

  • Happy Campers: Grades 1 to 3; seven, one-week sessions offered
  • Creative Campers: Grades 4 to 6; six, one-week sessions offered
  • Exploring Campers: Grades 7 to 9; two, two-week sessions and one, one-week session offered, each with one optional overnight campout

 

Lenoir Nature Camp
Through hands-on experiences, children entering Grades 1 to 6 will explore the earth and all her treasures. Lenoir Nature Camp engages children with arts and crafts, nature study, outdoor skills, Native American folklore, and cooperative games during one-week sessions.

Weekly Themes: Wilderness Survival and Ancestral Skills, Standing Like a Tree, Earth Elements, Feathered Friends, Beneath Your Feet, Magnificent Mammals.

Groups and Sessions:

  • Soaring Eagles: Grades 1 to 3; six, one-week sessions
  • Clever Coyotes: Grades 4 to 6; seven, one-week sessions

 

Marshlands Nature Camp
Get crab crazy, build shelters and explore the pond and more at Marshlands Nature Camp.

Weekly Themes: Crab Crazy; Caves, Streams and the Life Between; Salt Water Creature Feature; Crabs, Caves and Creatures by the Harbor; Nature Games, Just Add Water!; Tools to Make and Shelters to Build; Turtles and Frogs of the Pond.

Groups and sessions:

  • Falcons: Grades 1 to 3, seven, one-week sessions
  • Hawks: Grades 4 to 6, six, one-week sessions

 

Read Nature Camp
This one-week program for those entering grades 7 through 9, formerly the Osprey group from Marshlands Nature Camp, offers a variety of lessons and activities that help young naturalists deepen their understanding of nature and themselves. Topics covered include field ecology, nature awareness and observation, a sunset cookout and more.

 

Trailside Nature Camp
Delve into the world of nature at Trailside Nature Camp at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Sessions are offered for youngsters entering pre-K through grade 12 who will visit archaeological sites, catch crayfish play nature games, crafts and more.

Weekly Themes: Wilderness Survival; Birds of a Feather; Dinosaur Digs and Discovery; Slimy, Scaly but not Scary; Full STEAM Ahead.

Groups and Sessions:

  • Mini Campers: Pre-K/K; one, one-week session, 9 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Park Rangers: Grades 1 to 3; six, one-week sessions
  • Naturalists: Grades 4 to 6; six, one-week sessions
  • Conservationists: Grades 7 to 9; two, two-week sessions and two, one-week sessions, each includes an optional campout
  • Stewards: Grades 10 to 12; one, three-day session including campout

 

Nature Camp Fees and Discounts
Fees: $350 a week for those entering grades 1 through 6, $375 for those entering grades 7 and over; $160 a week for Pre-K/K Mini Campers; $250 Trailside Stewards.

Multi-camper and multi-session discounts are available:

  • 5 percent - one camper for two sessions or two campers for one session per family
  • 10 percent - three to four sessions per family
  • 15 percent - five-plus sessions per family