Base Camp: The Learning Center

Camper Registration for the 2021 Season is Full

Stony Kill Foundation 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.


Information for Enrolled Camp Families

New this year: Our newly opened Learning Center will be base camp for Summer Explorers. Although we’ll be mostly outside and traveling around the farm, the Learning Center will provide our campers with bathrooms, an air conditioned space for hot days breaks and a covered porch for rainy days.

WHERE TO GO: *NEW* Camp drop off and pick up is outside the Learning Center which is located at the North end of the property near the Manor House. There is a parking lot nearby. The address is 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY. Please drive slowly.

Our Camper Director will greet you and direct you where to check-in your camper(s) on the first day. 

CHECK-IN/SIGN OUT: 

Parents/guardians will need to sign your child in and out each day. We are asking our camp families to do your part to keep our campers and staff safe. If you answer yes to any of the following questions before heading to camp, please keep your camper home for the day.

  1. Are you currently experiencing, or have you recently (within the past 48 hours) experienced any symptoms of COVID-19?
  2. Is your temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit?
  3. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or had close contact with someone who tested positive within the past 10 days?

Please let us know if you have any other concerns or have traveled internationally within the past 10 days?

If you have someone else picking up your child/children, please let our counselor know. 

CAMP TIMES: Camp starts at 9 am and pick up is at 3:00 pm. Please be sure to pick up your camper(s) on time. If you need to pick up your child early, please let their counselor know at drop-off. Please adhere to the times listed.

BEFORE & AFTERCARE: Before care starts at 8:30 am and after care runs till 5:00 pm. Additional fees are $25 flat rate per day. If you are interested in before/after care, contact our Program Director

WHAT SHOULD YOUR CAMPER BRING/WEAR: 

  • wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. No sandals or flip flops please. 
  • bring a lunch, refillable water bottle and 2 snacks 
  • sunscreen and bug spray marked with their name. Please apply before their camp day starts. 
  • extra set of clothes in large ziploc bag, marked with campers name. Can be left for the week and replaced if needed.
  • back pack (optional)
  • 1-2 masks (we will have disposable ones on hand)
  • small bottle of travel hand sanitizer (we’ll have plenty throughout the property)

To read about our Covid-19 safety guidelines for 2021 camp, click here.

Summer Explorers Weekly Themes

1) Project Discovery, June 21 – 25 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 trails 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.

2) Life on the Farm 1, June 28 – July 2 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.

3) Life on the Farm 2, July 5 – 9 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.

4) The Great Outdoors, July 12 – 16 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.

5) Wildlife, July 19 – 23 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!  

6) Junior Environmentalist, July 26 – 30 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.

Have Questions? Contact our Program Director, Stacey at: stacey@stonykill.org or 845.831.3800