Nature University: NYRP's Summer Camp
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
This event repeats every day between 7/9/2012 and 8/16/2012.
Please note: This event has already taken place. Please use the Search options on the right to find upcoming events.
This summer, NYRP will be holding its fifth consecutive summer enrichment program from Monday, July 9th through Thursday, August 16th. Nature University will engage 30 campers (ages 8-12) in six weeks of hands-on, nature-based experiences based at Swindler Cove Park.
Through the theme of Nature University, the summer camp seeks to provide diverse experiences in both natural and built settings of the city, which will serve as a foundation for building an urban environmental ethic. The camp will help each child draw a connection between himself / herself and the cultural and environmental landscapes of New York City.
NYRP’s first Summer Camp program in 2008 focused on introducing students to the wild side of our urban environment through field studies, observation journaling, art projects, field trips to Orchard Beach, and a water taxi tour of New York Harbor. Summer Camp 2009 exposed students to the ultimate outdoor experience, while also teaching them about the world of green careers.
During this camp, children will learn how to:
1. Develop a sense of ownership and an ethic of responsible stewardship in youth participants with regards to the Washington Heights / Inwood community by using Swindler Cove Park as a base of operations to explore the parks, city blocks and other infrastructure of the neighborhood.
2. Foster creative expression through organized arts activities, introduction to experiential games, and field trips that include exposure to publicly-accessible art and other cultural institutions.
3. Connect to one’s body, culture, and community through engagement in the growing, cooking, and eating of foods from the Riley-Levin Children’s Garden, local food purveyors, and regional farms/orchards.
4. Promote “earth-friendly” or sustainable practices through the daily operations of the camp and communicate ways to sustain the practices beyond the summer.
5. Foster the development of a positive self-image and sense of purpose through goal-setting exercises and providing alternative choices for difficult situations.
To apply for NYRP's Summer Camp, fill out all three forms from the website below and drop them off at the Education office in Swindler Cove. Deadline is June 4, 2012.
To apply, visit http://www.nyrp.org/Kids_Parents_Teachers/Events_and_Activities/Nature_University_Summer_Camp.