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Update: Education Programs

Dear Students, Educators and Guardians,

As many schools are shuttered now as part of important efforts to “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be facing new challenges to continue teaching and learning while students are home.

The Cary Education Team is here to help, and offers:

Free K-12 teaching and learning resources. Discover ecology-based lessons developed by our education team. You’ll find featured activities ready-to-go for students at home.

The Hudson Data Jam Competition. Students develop data literacy, ecological insights and communication skills while exploring a dataset on New York’s Hudson Valley. Open to all middle and high school students, judged virtually. Webinars will be offered for participants and educators.

Cary Education Programs still accepting registrations:

We will be monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic; if the need for cancellation arises registration fees will be refunded in full. 

Mid-Hudson Young Environmental Scientist program (MH-YES): Accepting applications through Tuesday, April 7th. Paid internships for high school students to work in teams with scientists, undergrads, and teachers on a six-week field and laboratory study of a local environmental issue during the summer.

Summer Eco-Discovery Camp (grades 2-7): Learn more about how your child can explore Animals and Plants on the Move through a fun week of hiking, games, and scientific inquiry.

Summer Art + Science Camp (grades 8-12): This camp provides students with the creative opportunity to explore science through an artistic lens.

On hold:

Our Field Trips and Schoolyard Programs for school groups are on hold at this time, in line with school closures. We are no longer accepting applications for these programs. We are working with individual schools who have already registered to develop alternative plans.

Thank you for your efforts to keep ecology teaching and learning alive in this challenging time. Remember that ecology is all around us, and that every place is an ecosystem - even your backyard, neighborhood, local stream or wetland, town or city. A place where organisms interact with each other and the physical environment to sustain vibrant and diverse communities, provide services vital to people, and inspire us in myriad ways.

Please check back for updates; we will be developing new resources and opportunities in the coming weeks. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, concerns, requests or suggestions caryeducation@caryinstitute.org.

We look forward to sharing creative, energizing ways to help everyone remain uplifted and connected with our natural world and to each other!

Cary Education Team