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White Plains Parks Present Summer Nature, Music Camps

Westchester County parks are hosting summer nature camps.
Westchester County parks are hosting summer nature camps. Photo Credit: naturecampfoundation.org

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County parks are offering nature and music summer camps for youngsters while out of school.

A rundown of each summer camp is below.

The Children’s Summer Ecology Program: Introduces children in grades one through nine to the natural world and is conducted at three nature centers: Cranberry Lake Preserve in North White Plains, Marshlands Conservancy in Rye and Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River. Camp runs weekdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., beginning Monday, July 6. For information, call 914-864-7273.

Conservationists in Training: Youngsters entering grades seven, eight and nine can learn outdoor skills that run the gamut from radio-tracking wood turtles to map-reading during the program offered at Cranberry Lake Preserve in North White Plains and the Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River. The program is held Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in three two-week sessions, beginning Monday, July 6. For information, call 914-864-7273.

Nature Week: A two-session nature week is offered at Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers, featuring fun-filled adventure and discovery in the fresh air. Children in grades one through five will explore the butterfly garden, meadow and forest habitats, learn about local flora and fauna, participate in science experiments and learn to use a solar cooker. Sessions run Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, July 20, and Monday, July 27, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For information and to register, call the preserve at 914-968-5851.

Summer Music Center: The Summer Music Center at the Westchester County Center in White Plains is a six-week music instruction program for young people in grades three through 12, providing daily class instruction in band and orchestral instruments, as well as keyboard, guitar and recorder. The program runs from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. daily, Monday, June 29, through Friday, Aug. 7. For information, call 914-231-4673.

For more information and applications for all summer camps, visit parks.westchestergov.com/activities/childrens-camp s or call 914-231-4500.

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