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STEM Matters NYC Programs: Camps for Grade 2

Full STEAM Ahead This Summer!

Explore the one-week camps for students entering grade 2 in September. All these camps take place Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm each day.

Adventures in Nature

Location: Prospect Park Zoo in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5, 2022

Learn about your animal neighbors living right here in NYC! Spend a week exploring the four elements (earth, air, fire, water) and learn about the animals that are associated with each. Use field guides to identify new animals that we find in our environment and investigate the zoo’s collection to learn more about animal adaptations. Our week culminates in exploring the incredible biodiversity that survives in distinct and different ways in one biome, the tropical rainforest!

Shark Week

Location: NY Aquarium in Coney Island, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, August 8 - Friday, August 12, 2022

Sharks might seem scary on the surface but these fabulous fish are important for healthy ocean ecosystems. Join us as we dive deep into learning about shark anatomy, behavior, care, habitats, and research. We’ll meet Aquarium shark keepers and go behind the scenes of New York Aquarium shark exhibits!

Wonderful World of Water Jr.

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15, 2022 or Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 2022

What makes NYC's pizza and bagels taste so special? Water! Did you know that our water supply comes from up to 125 miles away and moves over a billion gallons a day? Make a splash and dive into exploring where our drinking water comes from, and learn how to protect our local water. See microorganisms using microscopes, interact with our augmented reality sandbox and other model watersheds, and play interactive games! During the week, campers will also take a field trip to Queens Botanical Garden, get a free book, and create a public service announcement to teach others how to conserve NYC's delicious water!

Animal Olympics

Location: Staten Island Zoo in West Brighton, Staten Island

Dates: Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5, 2022

Join us as we host our own Olympics, right here at the Zoo! This exciting week will be filled with animal competitions as well as human ones, and activities to learn more about awesome athletic abilities of animals! Which animal would win the high jump? The long jump? The marathon? The 100 meter dash? Find out how you would match up against the animals and each other. Meet the Zoo’s program animals, visit exhibits, explore biofacts, and participate in fun, hands-on classroom activities, while exploring amazing animal adaptations.

Wild Adaptations

Location: Queens Zoo in Corona, Queens

Dates: Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 2022

Let's explore what it takes to survive out in the wild! Just like us, animals need shelter, food, and water to survive. Every animal plays an important role in the web of life. Join us as we hide like prey, hunt like predators, search for special adaptations of animals in the zoo, and so much more this week!

Zoo Detectives

Location: Bronx Zoo in Bronx Park, Bronx

Dates: Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 2022

Detective I. Spye has a “wild” mystery for your campers this week! J.D Salamander, a very important scientist, was doing research out in the forest when he happened upon a very mysterious scene. Now with the help of your camper, Detective I. Spye is on the case. Campers will visit exhibits, meet animals, and learn new skills to help solve a piece of the puzzle each day!