Summer Explorers Camp 2020

Summer Explorers Camp is a place where your child will discover the wonders of the outdoors while instilling a sense of respect and appreciation for the natural world. We hope to inspire your children to become environmentally responsible and conscientious citizens of the future, to spark a lifelong love of learning, and to develop a deep and enduring connection with the natural world…all while having some good old-fashioned fun in our beautiful farm setting. Our camp provides a balance of structured and free play with environmental exploration, enjoyment of many arts and crafts experiences, and age-appropriate learning activities. These experiences will encourage children’s natural curiosity and respect of the outdoors, while building social and life skills.

Summer Explorers Camp is perfect for children ages 4-12 and takes place from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Campers should bring a snack, lunch and refillable water bottle.

Summer Explorers Weekly Camp Registration Fees
Non Members: $275. per child

SKF Members: $250. per child
Before and/or after care: $25 flat rate per day (Before care starts at 8:00 am and aftercare runs till 5:00 pm)

If you have any questions concerning the fees, please email or call us at 845-831-3800.

REGISTRATION PROCESS: To register for Stony Kill’s 2020 Summer Explorers Camp Program complete a registration form here. Once you register your camper, we will reach out via email to receive payment. Once payment is received, your registration is complete. For full refunds, we must be notified by May 18, 2020. Payment can be made three ways:

  1. Pay online via PayPal or credit card, an invoice will be emailed.
  2. Send a check to: Stony Kill Foundation, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 within two weeks of completing your form(s).

Once payment has been received, registration will be confirmed by email.

Project Discovery, June 15 – 19 (Please check your school’s last day before registering) During our first week of camp, campers will discover Stony Kill Farm starting with our barnyard and livestock. Each day, campers will discover various ecosystems throughout the property by hiking our trail and searching for birds and insects and visiting the pond to collect specimens for observation. Our unique land offers campers an opportunity to learn about our local surroundings.

Life on the Farm 1, June 22 – 26 (Please check your school’s last day before registering.) Campers will learn how to care for our farm animals and discover our historic big red barn and tractor. Each day will focus on aspects of farm life through observation, creation and exploration. Campers will sample different foods that come from our farm, explore the greenhouse and start their own seeds while learning about the importance of composting and our friends the decomposers. If your child has a love of farm life, this is the camp for them.

Life on the Farm 2, June 29 – July 3 * This is week is now full. If you register for this week, your child/children will be put on a waiting list. Campers will continue their journey on the farm, learning about the history of Stony Kill and how our ancestors lived and worked on the farm. Campers will continue to work with our livestock in the barn, learning more animal husbandry skills.

The Great Outdoors, July 6- 10 * This is week is now full. If you register for this week, your child/children will be put on a waiting list. Spend the week outside in nature exploring and investigating the Great Outdoors! We’ll be setting up camp and learning some outdoor survival skills. We’ll check out how animals survive in the outdoors during all seasons and spend our days hiking, running and playing. If mother nature brings the rain, we’ll adapt just like our animal friends.

Wildlife, July 13 – 17 During Wildlife week, campers will learn about the wildlife that call Stony Kill Farm home. We’ll do some animal tracking and learn about mammals and explore the pond and all its inhabitants.  Watch out for that hawk on the fence, he’s scoping out a mouse in the field! We’ll learn about animal habitats, the characteristics of different birds and their special adaptations and of course the insect kingdom! Take a wildlife journey with us!

Junior Environmentalist, July 20 – 24 Join us for an important week of camp that will boost our environmental awareness through conservation and exploration of our surroundings. Campers will learn to appreciate our environment and its fragile ecosystem by exploring our forests and trails, fields, and gardens. We’ll learn the best practices for taking care of our earth by reducing, reusing and recycling and what it means to be an environmentalist.

Explorers Day Camp, $55/non-members, $50/members per day , 9:00 am to 3:00 pm OR $30/non-members, $25/members per half-day, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This program gives kids an opportunity to experience a day or ½ day of camp at Stony Kill Farm without committing to a whole week.

August 10        Citizen Science

August 14        Animal Husbandry

August 17        Garden Seedlings

August 21        Farm to Table

August 24        Junior Naturalist

August 28        Experimental Discovery

Thank you for supporting Stony Kill and our programs!