Summer Camp

From the Director

Summer CampOur Summer Camp has been at the heart of Cayuga Nature Center’s environmental education programs since the camp was established in 1986. Since then, the camp has made an impact on our campers, staff, and our community at large because of our practice and belief that nature is the best teacher. By keeping outdoor and nature-based experiences at the core of our curriculum, we allow for campers to develop new skills and learn about the world around them on a daily basis. Through hands-on learning, creative and challenging outdoor activities, and active game-play, campers build their knowledge, courage, and confidence.

Every day holds a new adventure and new opportunities for our campers to build on outdoor skills and make new friends. At the Cayuga Nature Center’s Summer Camp, campers learn with their peers about a variety of nature topics such as native wildlife habitats, mammal tracking, plant identification, and overall Northeastern ecology. By cultivating their curiosity, campers develop new interests and a sense of place on the Earth. Through this sense of place, connections to the natural world are built, and the value of nature is recognized at a young age. These experiences and values lead to campers becoming the next generation of environmental stewards, and voices of their community.

After many years of working in environmental education and summer camps in Wisconsin, I am grateful to be given the opportunity to take the role of Environmental Education Manager/Camp Director at the Cayuga Nature Center. Since arriving, I have quickly found how strong a place our Summer Camp holds in the Ithaca community. It seems that no matter who I talk to in the area, they have some connection to our summer camp. Past campers, counselors, and family members share many positive and wonderful experiences with me, in some cases 20 years after their time at camp. It’s amazing to know that I am coming in to such a wonderful program and an organization that has impacted the community so strongly. I am excited to be a part of this outstanding program and to be able to help each camper’s connection with nature grow and flourish.

Katie Bagnall-Newman


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