For over 30 years, this award-winning program has taught children to appreciate and understand all aspects of nature while promoting creativity, curiosity, and teamwork through a completely hands-on experience. A typical day’s activities may include exploring the Conservancy’s meadow, forests, salt marshes, ponds, streams, and shore; studying the rocks and minerals, plants, mammals, insects, birds, and other creatures that make these habitats their homes; using seining nets to discover what lives below the surface of Milton Harbor; designing and performing a group “Eco-Drama;” performing science experiments outside the classroom where science really lives; giving back to the park through a volunteer service project; and a tremendous number of other possibilities. Campers can expect to get dirty, get wet, and learn to see nature through a whole new set of eyes.
Teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, but are all enthusiastic and experienced, and teach from the heart with their own unique set of skills and knowledge apparent in every lesson. Camp groups are co-ed and grouped by grade level, with 1st and 2nd graders in the Adventurers group, children in entering grades 3 and 4 in the Trackers group, and 5th and 6th graders making up the Explorers group. Maximum group size is typically 8-10 children or less per every pair of teachers, allowing for a safe, enjoyable, and more personalized approach to learning.
Weekly sessions run Monday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm, from early July through mid-August. Registration generally begins in February, and can be completed by paper or online application. Groups are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please visit the Westchester County Parks Summer Camps page.
A limited number of scholarships for children from neighboring school districts have been generously made available from the Central Westchester Audubon Society. More information and a downloadable application are available at the CWAS website.
ECOLOGISTS IN TRAINING PROGRAM
Marshlands also offers a summer program for older children wishing to delve deeper into nature and the understanding of our role in it. For students entering grades 7, 8, and 9, the Ecologists in Training program allows campers to learn about the unique ecosystems at Marshlands through hands-on wildlife monitoring and scientific study. Campers will develop leadership and communication skills through team-building activities, observation and analytical skills through participation in field biology and habitat conservation projects, and a stronger appreciation of the environment around them as they explore the diverse habitats of the Conservancy. One week sessions run Monday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm, from early July through mid-August. See below for more information on registration.
2014 SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION
This year's Summer Ecology Camp will run from July 7th through August 15th.
Registration begins on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12 noon, and all groups are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents may choose to apply online or mail/fax a paper application. For more information about the program, the 2014 camp brochure is available for viewing here
, and all registration information and forms for both online and mail-in applicants is available at the Westchester County Parks Summer Camps page. Applications are also available to pick up at the Marshlands visitor's center, but must be mailed or faxed to the Parks Summer Camp headquarters to be processed.
Please also take a few minutes to read our parents' letter and help your child get the most out of their program by coming to camp prepared each day.
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CHILDREN’S SUMMER ECOLOGY PROGRAM
For children interested in exploring their local environment and learning about the plants and animals that inhabit the natural world around them, Marshlands offers an ecology camp each summer.