An Introduction to Nature for Elementary School Students
An Introduction to Nature
The Nature Study program at the Huyck Preserve introduces elementary school children to nature through a week-long, half-day program. Students learn about nature through exploration of our forest trails and streams. What animals and plants live in our forests, pond, and streams? The kids will find out! We use science-themed games and crafts to reinforce the basic concepts of ecology and environmental science we've discussed out in the woods.
Have your children attended Nature Study in the past? We hope they will return this year, as we offer new lessons and activities each year while bringing back popular favorites!
In 2021, Nature Study will be held entirely outdoors with a large tent, porta potty, and handwashing station available to students. Severe storms will cancel classes.
Students must submit a daily Covid-19 health screening from home before coming to class.
Students must wear masks when social distancing is not possible.
Covid-19 protocols are subject to change, and families will be notified.
Nature Study for each age group is $105 for Preserve Members, and $180 for Non-members. Programs can be paid for by check or cash in-person at the Preserve, or by credit or debit card online. To pay for a program online, please add the desired programs to your cart to the right.
Please contact the Preserve office directly for information on scholarships for families with a demonstrated need.
How to apply
To register online: apply online using our secure website and pay by adding the item to the right to your cart.
To register by mail: download the application using the link at at the upper right of this page, or stop by the Preserve to obtain a printed copy of the application. Submit the completed application by mail or drop it off at the Preserve.
Applications are not completed until payment is received.
If classes fill, unpaid spots will be given to other children.
There is a Nature Study class for every
Summer 2021 Class Dates
Grades K-2 - July 12-16 FULL
Grades 3-5 - July 19-23 FULL
Please base enrollment on your child's grade during the
2021-2022 school year.
Classes run from 1pm - 4pm
Please arrive on-time for pick-up and drop-off at the Eldridge Research Station, 284 Pond Hill Rd., Rensselaerville
or call the office at 518-797-3440.