2017 Summer Camp
Manitoga's Summer Nature and Design Camp 2017
July 10-21, 2017
MANITOGA Summer Nature & Design Camp
One 2-Week Program: July 10 to July 21, 2017
Monday through Friday, 9am - 3pm
Children Ages 5 to 12
Online Registration is Open
50 available spots
$600 flat tuition fee (1st child)
$575 tuition fee for each additional child when applicable
Medical Forms Deadline: June 26
Since 1988, Manitoga has offered a summer day camp program to cultivate an awareness and love of nature and design in children. Join us as we explore designer Russel Wright's modernist house and garden where the inside is like the outside, and the outside feels like home. This dynamic 2-week program offers the very best of Manitoga, continuing the tradition of inspiring creativity and design through a deeper appreciation of the natural world. Magical adventures await!
Registration for all campers is NOW OPEN. Please register at the online form below:
Manitoga's COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING (CIT) Program gives teens the opportunity to work outdoors with children, build leadership skills and assist the camp staff with all aspects of the curriculum. There are 5 available spots - Accepting applications through April 28.
Please carefully review the program description at the link below prior to applying:
If your child (age 13 or older) is inspired by the idea of volunteering for the full two week Summer Nature & Design Camp, please have him/her complete the CIT online application form:
PLEASE NOTE: Once approved, information will be sent regarding next steps for registration. Applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited.
The camp is open to children 5 to 12 years of age who will be divided into groups according to age and grade level. Some activities involve the whole camp, while others are tailored to the abilities and interests of specific age groups. Each day begins at 9am and ends at 2:45pm for 5 and 6 year olds and at 3pm for those 7 and older. Throughout the day, campers rotate through a variety of activities built around specific themes in nature.
talented & certified staff
Camp will be led once again by long-time educator and artist Melinda Franzese, an art teacher at the progressive Soundview Preparatory School in Yorktown Heights and founder/director of their Summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) program. She will be joined by Conor Austin as Assistant Camp Director, an Education Studies graduate from Juniata College who has recently returned from teaching children in the Dominican Republic and has participated in Manitoga's camp for 15 years. Also on board are bright, enthusiastic Counselors to supervise and conduct a compelling array of activities with campers on Manitoga's magical and inspiring property.
4 special guest educators in just 10 days
Bill Robinson conducts a presentation of live birds where campers feel the wind from their wings and learn (by watching!) what they eat and how they survive in the wild. For more information, visit: robinsonwildlifelectures.com.
Tomoko Abe, artist and educator, teaches campers how to make art out of nature and in nature in her creative Cyanotype Workshop. To learn more about her artwork and process, please visit: tomokoabe.com.
Nicole Tantillo, a teacher from Soundview Preparatory School, who puts the fun in art and science through exciting activities such as making clouds from dry ice, capturing the wind with handmade pinwheels, and exploring the power of the sun. Her science-themed Instagram page is designed to spark interest and initiate conversation about STEAM - @mstantillo.
Eric Stone from the Rewilding School leads programs ranging from Critter Hunts and Land Navigation to Friction Fire and Shelter Basics that are sure to inspire your child's connection with the natural world. To learn more about this exciting programming, visit:
Nature activities and art & design projects bring these central themes to life in multi-faceted ways:
Design is everywhere at Manitoga! Campers explore designer Russel Wright's modernist House, Studio and garden where the inside is like the outside, and the outside feels like home. They see first-hand how nature inspires creativity and design.
Before Manitoga was the place we love today, it was covered by ice, home to Native Americans, and a granite quarry. Campers learn about the plants and animals native to the area and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the processes and patterns found in nature.
How do you "see" the woods when your eyes are closed? With your ears, hands and even your feet, of course. Orienteering, mapping, foraging, and "sneaker creaking" are just some of the activities planned as part of the adventures in the woods.
Manitoga is a magical place for children to cultivate a deep love of nature and a profound respect for the environment. Using all of their senses, the campers and staff are fully immersed in the scents, sounds, textures, and visible beauty that the site has to offer. Russel Wright's principles of Know Nature and Feel Nature infuse all aspects of the camp program.
Taking inspiration from the distinct design elements of Russel Wright and the artistry of the natural world, campers participate in a variety of art activities that encourage their individual creativity.
Safe and sound
Manitoga Summer Nature & Design Camp operates in strict compliance with Putnam County Department of Health regulations. The camp is inspected before the season begins and once the program is in session. All camp staff are certified in CPR/First Aid and Responding to Emergencies and/or Wilderness Training.
More information about this year’s staff, Guest Educators, and dynamic programming to come!
Hawk T-shirt Design: Joe Pimentel
Photos: Emma Orland and Melinda Franzese