Summer Camp

The Friends of Rye Nature Center’s summer day camp offers adventure and ecological exploration for preschool through seventh grade. Set on 47 acres of forest and trails, our camp creates an ideal setting to explore the outdoors. We offer a hands-on approach to scientific inquiry and connect everyone to nature by making environmental stewardship fun!


WEEK 1 JUNE 26 - 30


Most of our favorite superheroes have names and powers that are modeled after the animals around us. From Batman and Spider- Man to Wasp and Black Widow, stories of people with animal powers have captured our imaginations. Join our team as we discover what makes these animals so SUPER!


WEEK 2 JULY 3 - 7 (No camp July 4)*


Participate, don't anticipate! Themes and activities will be a surprise to campers, but each day groups will become a different type of scientist: geologist, biologist, entomologist, chemist, and more! We promise a fun week performing experiments and practicing the skills needed to be the best scientists out there.


WEEK 3 JULY 10 - 14


It's a bird, it’s a plane! No...it’s a boomerang...or is it a kite? Actually, it’s anything that can fly. This week we will be exploring the science behind objects that fly and how they stay in the air. Campers will learn the meaning of aerodynamics, the different forces of flight, and work as a team to build hoop gliders and rockets.


WEEK 4 JULY 17 - 21


Oh no, it's happened again! One of the Nature Center’s animals has gone missing. Who took it? Campers will get hands-on experience using a variety of forensic science techniques to uncover this year’s mystery. Our STEAM educator will present a mock crime scene to campers who will then use their newly acquired forensic skills to solve the case


WEEK 5 JULY 24 - 28


Take a five day break from modern living and learn to survive off the land. See what it takes as we build forts, make fires, and learn where to find water even in the driest of deserts. We’ll learn to tie knots using eco-friendly threads and use tools the way our ancient ancestors did. Can you withstand nature’s toughest challenges?




Saturn has a watery moon called Enceladus and this week’s campers are in charge of colonizing it! What ingenious ideas will they have for growing food, making a base, keeping it warm, and making sure there is enough air? Campers will learn various techniques and tools that could be used for surviving. Join us at Friday's showcase which will feature a model colony on Saturn’s moon complete with a clear bio dome.


WEEK 7 AUGUST 7 - 11


Join the Nature Center team as we learn about foraging as well as the medicinal and practical uses for different plants. Not only will we learn culinary techniques, but we’ll also create our own salves, twig toothbrushes, and herbal teas. Our campers will work together to create healing products and healthy snacks for a camp-wide restaurant and general store.

Camp Groups:


EXPLORERS - $365 per session

Entering Preschool or Kindergarten

9:00 am – 1:00pm

Designed for our youngest campers’ growing minds and bodies, our Explorers program is grounded in early childhood educational values and promotes nature exploration and inquiry. Each day is structured to create confidence and comfort as children discover the Nature Center’s forests, wildlife, resident animals, ponds, and garden. Group size is limited to 16 children. Children must be at least 3 ½ years old by the start of camp. The campers should be sent with a morning snack and healthy lunch.


DISCOVERERS - $410 per session

Entering K – 5th grade in the fall

*Note children are clustered into groups by age/grade level

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Grouped according to their ages, the Discoverers enjoy a variety of nature and science activities taught by our camp’s naturalists and specialists. Science experiments, gardening, hiking, natural history lessons, art and media projects fill these campers’ days. There is plenty of time to get wet on the slip and slide and to play games such as FRNC’s favorite, “Deer and Wolf.”



$475 per session (includes late night and weekly field trips)

Entering 6th or 7th grade in the fall

Monday – Wednesday, Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 Thursday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Our NIT’s enjoy the freedom and responsibilities of being the oldest campers on our 47 acres. A typical day includes activities with our specialists and naturalists as well as time to pursue the group’s own interests and develop outdoor skills. Each Thursday, the NIT’s stay late for a cookout dinner, campfire, and twilight exploration of the camp grounds. Field trips change weekly. In the past, groups have visited the Wolf Conservation Center, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.


*Session 2 is pro-rated due to the July 4th Holiday.

The prices are as follows:

- Explorerers $292

- Discoverers $328

- Naturalists in Training: $380.


No other sessions of Summer Camp may be pro-rated.




No refunds or credits will be given towards other programs, camps, or events if you cancel your enrollment. In the event you need to cancel, a tax receipt will be issued to you indicating that the program fee was converted to a charitable donation. Membership is non-refundable.