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STEM Matters NYC Programs: Camps for Grade 5

Unplug and explore STEM outdoors!

Explore the one-week camps for students entering grade 5 in September. Unless noted below, these camps take place Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm each day.

Expedition Staten Island Zoo: Exploring Animal Behavior

Location: Staten Island Zoo in West Brighton, Staten Island

Dates: Monday, July 5 - Friday, July 9, 2021

Interested in immersing yourself in wildlife conservation and exploring how humans impact the natural world? Join us on Expedition Staten Island Zoo to experience what it’s like to be a real field researcher! Each day explore a different step in the investigation of animal behavior, from asking a question and making observations to analyzing data and drawing conclusions. Work with a team of fellow young scientists to conduct research using the Zoo's animals, exhibits, and biofacts, while meeting with zookeepers, educators, veterinary technicians, and researchers about careers in the zoological world.

Junior Zoologists

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 19 - Friday, July 23, 2021

Do you want to be a zoologist or a veterinarian when you grow up? Get ready to experience an exciting week interacting with and observing the animals at the Genovesi Environmental Study Center! Join us to learn about animals and their habitats and becoming an expert animal caregiver. Throughout the week, junior zoologists will support the animals' needs and routines by building stimulating habitats and enrichment toys, and promoting socialization through handling. Campers will also visit our urban farm to discover our herbivores' diets and harvest produce for feeding!

Animal Architects

Location: Bronx Zoo in Bronx Park, Bronx

Dates: Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 6, 2021

What do bird wings and jet engines have in common? Let your imagination run wild with bioinspiration! Explore wildlife and habitats from around the world and learn how structure, materials, and other inventions have been inspired by nature. Join us for a week of exhibit visits, animal demonstrations, hands-on activities, and nature exploration.

Back to the Zoo-ture

Location: Prospect Park Zoo in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 12 - Friday, July 16, 2021

Have you ever seen a wolf roaming Park Slope? How about a Wooly Mammoth in Windsor Terrace? Join us as we travel through time to discover our natural history in Brooklyn's backyard! Get up-close like never before with amazing animals while exploring how their wild neighborhood has changed through the centuries.

Extreme Ocean Animals

Location: NY Aquarium in Coney Island, Brooklyn

Dates: Monday, July 19 - Friday, July 23, 2021

Have you ever seen a shark walk on land? Or an octopus disappear? Join us as we investigate our ocean’s unique animals and their habitats. Through hands-on projects, animal encounters, and exhibit and beach explorations, learn how marine animals use their extreme adaptations to survive in the ocean, past and present!

LARC: Learn, Advocate, Rise-up, & Conserve

Location: Forest Park, in Woodhaven, Queens

Dates: Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 6, 2021 from 9:00am - 12:00pm

Did you know birds and people have a lot in common? From clean air to stable climates to safe homes, birds and humans share the same basic needs. Join Audubon New York in Forest Park in Queens and learn to use technology to become a better community scientist while observing birds. Explore how environmental justice and bird conservation can help save your local green spaces and the birds who live there. During this week-long half-day program, connect with the natural world around you and become an advocate for all your feathered friends!