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STEM Matters NYC Programs: Camps for Grade 2

Succeed this Summer with STEM!

Explore the 1-week camps for students entering grade 2 in September. All programs 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, July 27-Friday, July 31, 2020

Learn about your animal neighbors living right here in NYC! Each day campers will explore a different element (earth, air, fire, water) and learn about it's associated animals. Use field guides to identify new animals in our environment and utilize the Zoo’s collection as a resource to learn about animal adaptations. On day 5, we'll put it all together and focus on tropical rainforests where birds, reptiles, large land-dwelling mammals and marine wildlife all survive in distinct and different ways!



Location: NY Aquarium in Coney Island, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10, 2020

Become a scientist and an artist in AquariArt! Each day, we will use a different medium inspired by the ocean to create nature-based works of art, from seaweed pressings to sand sculptures. Join us as we explore the Coney Island beach, meet our animal ambassadors, and discover new ways to make art.

For the Birds!

Location: Michael J. Petrides School in Emerson Hill, Staten Island

Dates: Monday, July 13-Friday, July 17, 2020

Who's that flying through your neighborhood? Join Audubon New York's For the Birds! program to find out. During the week, you'll spend time outside investigating your local ecosystem, learning which bird species call your neighborhood home, and discovering what these birds need from their habitat. By week's end, after connecting with your community and the natural world around you, you'll be an advocate for all your feathered friends!

Plants, Animals, & Me!

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10, 2020 

Did you know plants, animals, and people depend on each other in many ways? Campers will discover and explore these relationships through hands-on activities, art projects, and animal encounters. Throughout this exciting week, campers will learn about plant parts by tending to the garden, harvesting plants for their own snacks, and even feeding garden bites to ESC animals!

Snug Harbor Scientists

Location: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Randall Manor, Staten Island

Dates: Monday, August 10-Friday, August 14, 2020

Interested in exploring new environments? Want to learn how organisms survive and thrive and discover what life sciences can teach us? Join Snug Harbor for educational games, singing and dancing, read alouds, immersive exploration, and art play. Campers will learn what needs we all have in common and the importance of diversity. By the end of the week, campers will have explored life in multiple biomes, including a farm, wetlands, a meadow, and a forest.

Amazing Animals

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 13-Friday, July 17, 2020

What is the difference between an invertebrate and a vertebrate? Campers will explore the animal kingdom and act like these amazing animals to identify how animals use their senses to survive and thrive in their habitats. Campers will learn the difference between mammals, reptiles, insects, amphibians, fish, and birds. Throughout the week we will explore the animal kingdom by participating in hands-on activities, crafts, and animal encounters within the Environmental Study Center's animal collection.

Dr. Zoo's Health Center

Location: Bronx Zoo in Bronx Park, Bronx

Dates: Monday, July 27-Friday, July 31, 2020

Calling all young veterinarians, Dr. Zoo needs your help! Come meet Dr. Zoo and learn from our knowledgeable camp staff about how zoos keep their animals healthy during this fun week. Your camper will visit exhibits, meet animals up-close, and engage in activities that demonstrate how our veterinarians examine, diagnose, and treat our animal patients!

Junior Guardians of the Garden

Location: Queens Botanical Garden, Flushing, Queens​

Dates: Monday, July 27-Friday, July 31, 2020

Our city is overflowing with curious natural wonders for you to explore at Queens Botanical Garden! Join our Guardians of the Garden camp and become one of nature’s superheroes. Investigate what's blooming and buzzing this season and enjoy art projects and games, all inspired by our collections and landscapes.

Plant Power

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10, 2020

If you love growing, eating, and being amazed by plants everywhere you go, then this camp is for you! Campers will learn about the different parts of plants and the ways we use them. Campers will discover what plants need to survive and how plants help us. Campers will spend time each day in our urban farm learning to seed, weed, water and harvest. This interactive camp will include hands-on science, crafts activities about plant parts, games to explore plant adaptations, and more.

Wild Adaptations

Location: Queens Zoo in Corona, Queens

Dates: Monday, July 27-Friday, July 31, 2020

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! We will hide like prey, hunt like predators, search for special adaptations of animals in the zoo and so much more this week!

Week of Wildlife

Location: Central Park Zoo in Midtown, Manhattan

Dates: Monday, July 13-Friday, July 17, 2020

Discover the diversity of the animal kingdom at the Central Park Zoo! Week of Wildlife camp will focus on exploring the Zoo and investigating animals around the world. Adventures and mystery will lead your camper through habitats and biomes, meeting animals along the way. Hands-on activities, Zoo expeditions, and animal guests help guide our discoveries every day.