2017 Summer Camp

Manitoga's Summer Nature and Design Camp 2017

July 10-21, 2017



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MANITOGA Summer Nature & Design Camp
One 2-Week Program: July 10 to July 21, 2017

Online Advanced Registration for returning campers: March 13 through 24
Online Open Registration begins March 27
50 available spots
$600 flat tuition fee (1st child)
$575 tuition fee for each additional child when applicable

Since 1988, Manitoga has been offering a summer day camp program designed to cultivate an awareness and love of nature in children through the exploration of Russel Wright’s woodland garden and his unique design experiments within the House and Studio. In a dynamic 2-week program, drawing from nearly 30 memorable summers, we will offer the very best of Manitoga, continuing the tradition of inspiring creativity and design through a deeper appreciation of the natural world.

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. 

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. 

4 special guest educators will inspire your child through art making, orienteering, and exciting presentations on birds, reptiles and more!


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, capers participate in a variety of art activities that encourage their individual creativity. 

More information about this year’s staff, Guest Educators, and dynamic programming to come!

Photos: Emma Orland, Melinda Franzese, and Melissa Pimentel