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STEM Matters NYC Programs: Camps for Grade 4

Ancient Oceans

Location: New York Aquarium (WCS), Brooklyn, NY

Dates: Monday, August 12-Friday, August 16, 2019

Join us for a paleontology adventure as we travel back in time to explore our ancient oceans. We’ll see how our oceans expanded and investigate ancient life in the seas. Through hands-on investigations, live animal encounters, and exhibit visits, we’ll explore extinct prehistoric ocean giants as well as amazing aquatic animals that are still alive today!

Brooklyn Biologists

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center, Brooklyn, NY

Dates: Monday, July 15-Friday, July 19, 2019

A tree grows in Brooklyn...but not just one! Young biologists will discover the Genovesi Environmental Study Center's natural habitats, explore different ecosystems including the wildlife that call them home, take nature walks, and participate in exciting hands-on activities. Campers will create a personalized nature craft as a keep-sake of their exciting week.

Feathers and Fur and Scales, Oh My!

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center, Brooklyn, NY

Dates: Monday, July 8-Friday, July 12, 2019

Some animals have fur, some have scales, and some have feathers! Join Genovesi Environmental Study Center for a week of camp exploring six different classes of animals: reptiles, mammals, insects, amphibians, birds, and fish. Get up close and personal interacting with our animal residents while learning about their different characteristics and adaptations. Each day will be filled with crafts, hands-on activities, animal encounters, and inquiry-based explorations.

I Spy New York: The Science of Photography

Location: Museum of the City of New York, Manhattan, NY

Dates: Monday, July 8-Friday, July 12, 2019

Curious about the historical significance and engineering of parks, bridges, buildings, and neighborhoods around your city? Explore history, science, and the art of photography through I Spy New York! Campers will enhance their literacy and research skills using the museum's technology and pick up photography skills using a digital camera. Possible field trips include Central Park and The Javits Center Green Roof.

STEM Stewards

Location: Queens Zoo (WCS), Queens, NY

Dates: Monday, July 29-Friday, August 2, 2019

Our world is constantly changing and just like animals, we play an important role in ecosystem health. How can we as humans help our animal friends? This week we will learn how we can be stewards to our local and global environments and gain a better understanding of our ambassador animals!

Zoo Explorer: The Fast and the Furriest

Location: Prospect Park Zoo (WCS), Brooklyn, NY

Dates: Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26, 2019

Campers will race around the world in this exciting week-long camp meeting animals up close and getting out into the zoo. Along the way, they will encounter challenges that test their creativity, sportsmanship, and teamwork as we explore our zoo animals and learn about their countries of origin. Puzzles, scavenger hunts, and trivia games are just some of the challenges campers might encounter! On your mark, get set, GO!

Animal Adaptations: Survival of the Fittest

Location: Staten Island Zoo, Staten Island, NY

Dates: Monday, August 5-Friday, August 9, 2019

What’s the difference between poison and venom? How does mimicry work exactly? Learn the answers to these questions and more at the Staten Island Zoo this spring! Campers will explore the adaptations of predators and prey, environmental adaptations, and the adaptations of extreme animals through hands-on and inquiry-based learning. Using the resources of the Zoo’s program animals, exhibits, biofacts, and hands-on classroom activities, campers will be able to identify and give examples of physical and behavioral adaptations and how they help animals survive.

Eco Adventures

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center, Brooklyn, NY

Dates: Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26, 2019

Explore the natural world around us! Young ecologists will encounter the many animals and plants at the Genovesi Environmental Study Center and explore the backyard and garden while keeping a naturalist journal of their discoveries. Campers will participate in exciting hands-on activities to investigate different ecosystems including creating leaf art and homemade binoculars, gardening, and dissecting an owl pellet. After this exciting week, campers will truly be stewards of the environment!

Guardians of the Garden

Location: Queens Botanical Garden, Queens, NY

Dates: Monday, July 29-Friday, August 2, 2019

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.

Queens Farm Summer STEMsation

Location: Queens County Farm Museum, Queens, NY

Dates: Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26, 2019

Do you have what it takes to be a farmer? Are you ready to design your own homestead? Join us at the Queens Farm to find out! Learn about food systems, crop diversity, season extension, and sustainable practices happening at the Farm. Each day, campers will do actual work in the growing fields and explore a different aspect of farming: crops, animals, compost, cooking (and tasting) a meal in our historic farmhouse. The program culminates with a special family day where each camper can showcase their personal farm project! 

Weapons of the Wild

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center, Brooklyn, NY

Dates: Monday, July 15-Friday, Jul 19, 2019

What’s the difference between poison and venom? How does mimicry work exactly? Learn the answers to these questions and more at the Staten Island Zoo this spring! Campers will explore the adaptations of predators and prey, environmental adaptations, and the adaptations of extreme animals through hands-on and inquiry-based learning. Using the resources of the Zoo’s program animals, exhibits, biofacts, and hands-on classroom activities, campers will be able to identify and give examples of physical and behavioral adaptations and how they help animals survive.