Base Camp: The Learning Center

Note: Most camp weeks are currently fully booked. We still have some availability for Week 1: June 13 – 17 (Check your school’s last day before registering), Week 4: July 5 – 8, and Week 7: July 25-29

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 on 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 for ages 4-12 and takes place from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Campers must be at least 4 years old before their first day of camp. Campers should bring a snack, lunch and refillable water bottle.


Summer Explorers Weekly Camp Registration Fees
$300 per child per week. Stony Kill Foundation Family and Patron-level memberships receive a $25 discount on their total (Click for membership info).

Before and/or After Care: $25 flat rate per day (Before Care starts at 8:30 am and After Care runs until 5:00 pm)

Need-based Sliding scale scholarships are available, thanks to the support of a generous grantor. Scholarship applications are currently being accepted until Feb 17th and can be completed here.

If you have any questions email us or call 845-831-3800.

To read about our Covid-19 safety guidelines for 2022 camp, click here.

WEEKLY CAMP THEMES

Project Discovery, June 13 – 17 (Spaces Available. 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 trails and searching for birds and insects and visiting the pond to collect specimens for observation. Our diverse land offers campers an opportunity to learn about our local surroundings.

Life on the Farm 1, June 20 – June 24 (Week Full) 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 27 – July 1 (Week Full) 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.

Farm to Forest, July 5 – 8 (Few Spaces Available) We’ll explore the similarities and differences between our domestic livestock and the wild animals that call Stony Kill Farm home. Learn the important connections our farm, fields and gardens have to our forest ecosystem and how they sometimes compete and work together.

Young Naturalist, July 11 – 15 (Week Full) Campers will learn what it means to be a naturalist by observing, recording and caring for our surroundings. We’ll explore our creative side by expressing our appreciation of the natural world through artistic practices. We’ll practice mindfulness to fully appreciate our surroundings!

Outdoor Adventurer, July 18 – 22 (Week Full) Spend the week outside in nature exploring and investigating the outdoors! We’ll learn some survival skills and use our senses to appreciate nature and our surroundings. 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.   

Junior Environmentalist, July 25 – 29 (Few Spaces Available) 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