Brandwein Institute Summer Science Camp Program 2022

Week 1: July 18 – July 22

Week 2: July 25 – July 29

Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve.

Registration is now open for two weeks of hands-on field-based nature and science education led by Master Teacher Kasey Stankunas. You can register for one week or both, but register quickly because spaces are limited!

Grades 1 to 6 — Hands-on field-based nature and science education.

  • Monday – Friday, July 18 – 22
  • Monday – Friday, July 25 – 29

Grades 7 to 9 – Scientist-in-Training (SIT) hands-on research at Brandwein Summer Science Program. Participants will spend a portion of each day as a SIT working closely with an experienced group leader and local science experts researching natural phenomena.

  • Monday – Friday, July 12 – 16
  • Monday – Friday, July 19 – 23

Location:  The Summer Science Program will be held at the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve (BNLP), 400 Minisink Turnpike, Port Jervis, New York. Signs will be posted on Minisink Turnpike directing parents to the drop off area.

Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.  Parents are expected to drop off children and pick them up promptly.

Meals and Snacks: Participants are expected to provide their own lunch, beverage, and snacks. The Brandwein Institute will provide water.

Incidentals: Participants should bring a small backpack, face mask, water bottle, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

Cost and Registration: The cost for the five-day science program is $200 for one week and $300 for two weeks. The family discount cost for a second child is $150 for one week and $250 for two weeks.

REGISTER HERE (waiver and payment details)

Questions? Email

Saturdays, A Story & A Stroll

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Enjoy nature with your little one on selected Saturdays from May to October from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Bring your child or grandchild (toddler to age 4) for a nature-themed storytime followed by a wonder-filled walk through the preserve with Naturalist, Sara Mayes. All programs will take place at the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve located at 390 Minisink Turnpike in Port Jervis, NY. Our beautiful trails are easily walkable and all-terrain urban stroller-friendly.

MAY 21 – My Happy Year by E. Bluebird

JUNE 25 – Bee by Britta Teckentrup

JULY 30 – Inch by Leo Lionni

AUGUST 27 – Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman

SEPTEMBER 24 – Frederick by Leo Lionni

OCTOBER 22 – Tree by Britta Teckentrup


Sundays at the Preserve

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All of our Sunday programs are from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and will take place at the Brandwein Nature Learning Preserve located at 390 Minisink Turnpike in Port Jervis, NY 12771. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Spring Family Programs

MAY 1 – Welcoming Bluebirds: Come learn about Bluebirds and how to invite them to your yard, then walk our Bluebird trail! For all ages.

MAY 22 – The Wonders of Weather: Enjoy a variety of activities to learn about and enjoy the day’s weather. Rain or shine! For all ages.

JUNE 5 – I Spy Nature: Nature observation meets creativity as we make 3-dimensional collages with corresponding riddles. Inspired by the “I Spy” book series. Best for ages 10 and older.

Summer Family Programs

JUNE 26 – Bee Smart: Discover the importance of bees and how we can help them. Make a mason bee house! For ages 5 and up.

JULY 10 – Lovely Lepidoptera: Come learn to identify, search for, attract, and safely observe butterflies and moths. For ages 5 and up.

AUGUST 28 – Beach in a Box: A fascinating look at the beauty and science of seashells. Make a small “Beach in a Box” to take home. For ages 5 and up.

SEPTEMBER 18 – Be a Rockhound: A fun, hands-on introduction to rock collecting. For ages 5 and up.

Fall Family Programs

SEPTEMBER 25 – The Art of Clouds: Learn cloud identification and appreciation through sky watching and the creation of cloudscapes. For ages 5 and up.

OCTOBER 16 – Science of the Season: Enjoy a variety of science, math, and art activities with the help of our beautiful trees. For ages 5 and up.

OCTOBER 23 – Apple Cider Time: Step back in time and experience an autumn agricultural tradition, cider making! For all ages.

OCTOBER 30 – Birds of Prey Up Close: A live raptor presentation by wildlife rehabilitator, Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center. For all ages.

NOVEMBER 5 – Tracks & Trails: Into the woods we go, to search for and interpret the clues left by the wildlife that live at the preserve. For all ages.