Programs for PreK, elementary, middle, and high school students at the NYC Department of Education’s Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Space Science Education, the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Museum of the City of New York, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens County Farm Museum, Queens Zoo, Staten Island Museum, Staten Island Zoo, and SUNY Old Westbury. Programs feature 1-week camps, high school internships, and a 4-week college credit bearing course.Programs run during July and August 2017. Application deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017. Preference is given to students in Title I schools. Click here to apply.
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Open to students entering PreK (at least 4 years old) and Kindergarten Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every dayDeserts and rainforests, ponds and polar regions; life can be found in even the harshest of climates! In “Welcome to My Biome!”, campers will discover the places where animals live through games, dramatic play, sensory exploration, art, exhibit visits, and up close animal encounters.
Open to students entering Kindergarten and grade 1Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4, 2017 Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
Did you know plants, animals, and people depend on each other in many ways? Campers will discover and explore these relationships through hands-on activities, art projects, and animal encounters. Throughout this exciting week, campers will learn about plant parts by tending to the garden, harvest plants for their own snacks, and even feed garden bites to ESC animals!
Open to students entering grades 1 and 2Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
What is the difference between an invertebrate and a vertebrate? How are animals categorized for identification? Campers will explore the animal kingdom to find these answers and discover a wide range of animals in Summer Safari camp! Campers will learn the difference between mammals, reptiles, insects, amphibians, fish, and birds. Campers will also participate in hands-on activities, crafts, and many animal encounters within the Environmental Study Center's animal collection.
Open to students entering grades 1 and 2Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
Discover the diversity of the animal kingdom! Week of Wildlife camp will focus on animals found in a variety of habitats including rain forests, temperate forests, wetlands, and polar regions. Each day, campers will embark on a different adventure, including taking a ride on the Magic Zoo Bus, going on a fairy tale scavenger hunt, and designing their own zoo super hero. Activities also include live animal encounters, exploration in the Zoo, games, crafts, and hands-on investigations.
Investigate how local wildlife thrive and survive in New York and around the world! Campers will engage in nature-based and outdoor-focused activities. Animal encounters, outdoor exploration and play, exhibit visits, and nature-based crafts are just some of the fun ways campers will become nature adventurers.
Open to students entering grades 1 and 2Monday, August 7 to Friday, August 11, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
“X” marks the spot in this pirate-themed camp! Trade out your peg legs for penguins and piranhas as we “sail” the seven seas in search of treasures shallow and deep of the aquatic variety. Don’t miss out on this week filled with hands-on science, geography, art-making, and fun! Shiver me timbers!
Open to students entering grades 2 and 3Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
Where do hedgehogs live? Why do butterflies camouflage? In this fun-filled week, campers will learn the answers to these questions and more! They will discover and investigate different animal habitats around the world and learn how animals adapt to these habitats in order to survive and thrive. Campers will engage in hands-on activities and animal encounters to better understand where and how animals live.
Open to students entering grades 2 and 3Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
Join Queens Botanical Garden staff as they take you on a fun journey of discovery, adventure, and imagination! Nature Explorers camp offers a blend of nature exploration, scientific investigation, art projects, and games inspired by the Garden's collections and landscapes.
Open to students entering grades 3, 4, and 5Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
Myths and legends capture the imagination and excite a passion for animals with stories that span generations. Campers will explore myths and legends every day, focusing on the amazing creatures that populate so many of these engaging tales. Throughout the week, campers will use scientific principles, up-close experiences with zoo animals, and critical thinking skills to investigate the biology behind the natural adaptations that may have inspired these enduring stories!
Open to students entering grades 3, 4, and 5Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
Become deeply immersed in the work of a wildlife ecologist to learn about ecology and conservation biology and transform into an ecosystem expert! Through hands-on experiences using Zoo exhibits, animals, and resources, campers will explore the interactions of living and nonliving things within an ecosystem, observe physical and behavioral adaptations of different animals, and develop their own ecosystem to better understand the natural world.
Open to students entering grades 3, 4, and 5Monday, August 14 to Friday, August 18, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
Explore the wilder, and sometimes unusual side of science, math, and engineering at the Queens Zoo! Each day campers will be immersed in the world of wildlife study and conservation. Using a variety of resources, they will explore and learn about wildlife and zoo animals through experiments, creative investigations, interactive games, projects, and animal guests.
Open to students entering grades 3, 4, and 5Monday, August 28 to Friday, September 1, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
In this week of friendly competition, campers will uncover the strongest, fastest, sneakiest, and smartest animals of the ocean. Through animal observations, hands-on activities, and physical challenges, participants will discover which animals take home the gold for being best adapted to living in ocean environments.
Open to students entering grades 4 and 5Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
Get ready to experience an exciting week interacting with and observing the animals at ESC! Campers will learn about animals’ habitats both at ESC and in the wild. Campers will discover animals' needs and routines while learning how to be an animal caregiver. Campers will learn how to feed and handle the animals as well as build enrichment toys for their stimulation and exercise.
Open to students entering grades 4 and 5Monday, August 7 to Friday, August 11, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
Discover New York City’s place in the story of fashion, including the textile and clothing manufacturing industries of the early 20th century as well as American design ingenuity. Campers will design, construct, and sew an original shirt using problem-solving and computational skills to measure, draw, and cut patterns. Campers will engage in sustainable thinking and practices by upcycling and creatively reusing unwanted clothing or accessories. During a potential field trip to the Garment District, students may visit the Ash & Dans studio, showroom, and factory where they would discover machines and technological advancements made in fashion. Camp will conclude with a student produced fashion show featuring campers' original designs!
Open to students entering grades 5, 6, 7, and 84 week-long sessions: Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14; Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21; Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28; and Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:30pm every dayIn a week packed with hands-on excitement, campers will train as pilots using flight simulators in the NASA Aerospace Education Lab; build and program Mars rovers with EV3 LEGO robots; design, construct, and launch rockets; participate in activities that simulate astronaut training; and learn about the history of space exploration. These activities prepare campers for their ultimate mission, a simulated space adventure!
Open to students entering grades 6, 7, and 8Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
Spend a week at Queens Farm learning about interconnected food systems, sustainability, and operating a working farm! Campers will learn about seasonal growing practices, participate in hands-on farm work, learn how to care for livestock, and practice food preparation and math skills as they relate to the Farm.
Open to students entering grades 6, 7, and 8Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
When it comes to saving wildlife, generating solutions isn’t always easy! This summer, campers will take on conservation challenges through the perspective of key players including scientists, local residents, governments, and more. Through live animal demonstrations, exhibit visits, and science, find out what it takes to make environmental solutions come to life!
Open to students entering grades 6, 7, and 8Monday, July 31 to August 4, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
Tinker, design, create, and explore important wildlife issues using the Queens Zoo pop-up maker space! Each day campers will be challenged to learn about wildlife and conservation using a variety of resources. They will use everyday materials in exciting ways and, through open-ended exploration and experimentation, campers will find creative solutions to real world concerns about the animals in our care.
Open to students entering grades 6, 7, and 8Monday, August 28 to Friday, September 1, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
Next stop, Coney Island! Get ready to be immersed in learning about the sandy shore habitat right at our doorstep. Campers will visit local beaches and use scientific tools to investigate the animals who live there and the real challenges that threaten their health and habitat.
Open to students entering grades 7 and 8Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
STEM STARS (STudent Astronomers Reaching for Space) campers will study new discoveries in astronomy, engineering, and the future of space travel through the lens of the “Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?” exhibition at the Intrepid Museum. Campers will learn about the differences between manned and unmanned space missions as well as build model space capsules and heat shields using recyclable materials. Campers will also participate in engaging and creative design-centered projects to better understand current space technology and what future technology might be developed. Campers will explore the Museum’s exhibits including the Space Shuttle Pavilion, as well as have access to the portable planetarium, 3D printers, and resources from NASA.
Open to students entering grades 7 and 8Monday, August 21 to Friday, August 25, 2017Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm every day
Channel your creative energy into hands-on projects centered around a specific STEM theme! The Staten Island Museum will lead campers through a series of inquiry-based lessons and activities based on its extensive biology, geology, and environmental science collection as well as do-it-yourself (DIY) workshops focused on robotics and electronics.
Open to students entering grades 10, 11, and 12Monday, July 10 to Thursday, August 3, 2017 Class begins at 9:00am and ends at 12:00pm Mondays through Wednesdays at the Environmental Study CenterClass begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:30pm on Thursdays at SUNY Old Westbury
An Introduction to Plants and Their Importance in Society is a lecture/laboratory course in plants and society for high school students entering grades 10, 11, and 12 in Fall 2017. This course will introduce students to the diversity of form and function in plants. It will emphasize sustainability and plants' importance in society. Group and individual projects will include the use of light and dissecting microscopes, study of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, cultivation of common vegetables, and exploration of vegetation. Students who have successfully completed Living Environment are invited to apply. Students who successfully pass this course will earn 4 SUNY College credits.
Open to students entering grades 10, 11, and 12Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4, 2017Program begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm Monday through WednesdayProgram begins at 9:30am and ends at 3:00pm on ThursdayProgram begins at 9:00am and ends at 1:00pm on Friday
Have you ever wondered how scientists study Earth’s changing climate? Did you know that NASA has a lot to do with it? Learn how NASA contributed to our understanding of climate by participating in the Earth Climate Institute. Students will explore climate change through the lens of NASA’s Earth Observing System, discover how remote sensing works, learn how the Earth Observing System satellites collect data, and use computer programs to investigate the meaning of the data. Students will also visit NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) to learn about careers at NASA and meet the scientists who are doing this research. On the final day of the Institute, students will take a simulated mission to the International Space Station, putting all they have learned to the test, as they work as a team to solve a developing crisis in Earth's orbit to complete their mission and return safely back to Earth.
Open to students entering grades 10, 11, and 12July and August, 2017; multiple sessions availableTeaching Assistant begins at 8:30am and ends at 3:30pm every day; multiple sessions availableAnimal Care and Gardener Internship begins at 8:30am and ends at 1:30pm every day
The Environmental Study Center (ESC) is looking for responsible, motivated, and energetic high school students to participate in an exciting internship opportunity. ESC offers a variety of internships including teacher assistants, gardeners, and animal care providers. Interns will create and complete a culminating project at the end of the internship. At the conclusion of the internship, students will receive a certificate verifying the number of hours worked and the contributions made to ESC.
Open to students entering grades 10, 11, and 12Two 2-week sessions available: Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 21, 2017 and Monday, July 24 to Friday, August 4, 2017Internship begins at 8:30am and ends at 3:30pm every day
Are you a high school student experienced with LEGO Mindstorms? Do you want to help teach younger students how to use it? The NYC Center for Space Science Education (NYCCSSE) is looking for responsible, motivated, and energetic high school students to participate in an exciting internship opportunity. Our weekly camps have an aerospace and robotics theme. Selected interns will work with elementary and middle school campers using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotic kits, and will create and lead a LEGO Mindstorms activity as a culminating project. At the conclusion of the internship, students will receive a certificate verifying the number of hours worked and the contributions made to NYCCSSE.