Explore Nature with Virtual Summer Camps!


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Explore Nature with Virtual Summer Camps!

Camp is in session! Our K-12 team is excited to offer a series of week-long, nature-focused virtual summer camps for kids in grades 1-5. Through hands-on missions, we’ll support your child getting outside for learning and fun.

Camps run for one week, and kids attend one hour each day, Monday-Friday. Choose the time that works best: 10am-11am ET or 1pm-2pm ET (if you have a conflict on one or more of the days, your child can always attend the other session). We know that kids love to have social time, to share their observations, and to ask questions. After each one-hour camp session, your child is welcome to stay online for an optional 15-minute Q&A social. Most days, your child will also be given a “mission,” a fun hands-on project that they can do to apply their learning and explore outdoors independently.

Each camp costs $50 per week. If financial hardship means your child can not attend camp, please apply for a need-based scholarship.

Note: To assure that your child has an engaging and socially-connected experience in camp, each camp will be limited to between 10-20 participants. Campers must currently be in the grade level of the camp to register. Registration closes one week prior to camp; please register early. Camps are hosted on Zoom, so your camper needs to have access to a tablet or laptop with good internet during camp.

Choose Your Adventure!

Wild About Art (Back by popular demand! Grades 3-5; August 3-7; register for the 10-11 am ET or 1-2 pm ET  session.)
Unleash your creativity… art is all around you! You will use natural materials to make art, build a bird nest, photograph an animal, draw a plant, and get tips from a science illustrator that will help you explore your artistic side outside! Share your creations with fellow campers, and have a gallery of your nature art by the end of camp.

Junior Ornithologist (Grades 3-5; Session 1: July 6-10 (FILLED); Session 2: July 20-24, register for the 10-11 am ET  FILLED or 1-2 pm ET session.)
Birds are awesome! Join with other kids to explore birds around the planet and in our own backyards. Meet ornithologists and discover stories that will help you see birds in a new way. Along the way, we will engineer a bird feeder, explore bird behaviors, and become citizen scientists.

Nature Detectives (Grades 1-3; July 13-17; register for the 10-11 am ET or 1-2 pm ET  session.)
Use your eyes and ears to creatively investigate your corner of the world. Put your observations to the test by drawing a sound map, going on a tiny hike, and creating outdoor art! Discover how you can use apps to identify the birds, bugs, mammals, and plants that live in your neighborhood.


Jennifer Fee manages the Lab’s K-12 program. In addition to serving on the board of a local afterschool program, she is a Girl Scout leader and parent to a 9-year old. She holds a BS and MS in Biology and has worked in non-profit science education for 25 years, 16 of which have been at the Cornell Lab.

Kelly Schaeffer spent her early career researching birds in the field before becoming inspired to pursue a career in environmental education. She earned MS from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in Environmental Education and has worked as an educator and naturalist for 9 years.

Kayla Shelley is an undergraduate student at Cornell University majoring in Animal Science with a minor in education. Kayla is an education intern with the Visitor Center and the K-12 Education department and volunteers with several nonprofit organizations focusing on youth development.

You will be sent information, including instructor information and a detailed camp plan the week before your child’s camp begins.


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