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Summer Education Guide 2012

by The Staff on May 3, 2012

Colleges and Universities

Berkshire Community College

1350 West St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 499-4660, berkshirecc.edu

343 Main St, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 236-1630; berkshirecc.edu

Full schedule of credit classes available over two summer sessions. Single-day and ongoing community workshops in photography, bridge, dog obedience, music and more.

College of Saint Rose

432 Western Ave., Albany, (800) 637-8556, StRose.Edu

Summer immersion session and two regular summer sessions offering undergraduate and graduate credit and non-credit courses for current college and adult students. Summer academy weeklong courses in culinary, fine and performing arts, for youth grades 6-10. Two-week intensive summer youth music programs at the Massry Center for the Arts, and the innaugural summer visual-art pre-college program for high school students with serious interest in the visual arts.

Columbia-Green Community College

4400 Route 23, Hudson. 828-4181, sunycgcc.edu

Two summer sessions offering credit and non-credit classes, online, on campus and in the field. Credit courses range from kayaking and painting to web development and human biology. An array of non-credit classes and workshops focusing on art, food and wellness includes American sign language, social media skills, tromp l’oeil, buying and selling real estate, keelboat sailing, haiku and cooking. Summer sports camps are offered in baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, golf, volleyball and field hockey for kids ages 8-17, as well as dance classes. A student-run garden will grow produce for the food pantry and the campus cafeteria.

Empire State College

2 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, (800) 847-3000and 587-2100, ESC.edu

Flexible degree and non-degree study programs through online courses, guided independent study, residencies and study groups.

Hudson Valley Community College

80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, 629-4822 and (877) 325-4822, hvcc.edu

Full schedule of online and on-campus credit classes. Technical certification programs available through the workforce development institute. Credit-free community and professional education offerings in arts, business, communication, computers, fitness, transportation and family. Kids’ summer camps in atheletics, technology, theater, circus skills and an array of educational enrichment programs at the Summer Academy.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

375 Church St., North Adams, Mass., (413) 662-5000, MCLA.edu

Online, hybrid and on-campus classes, featuring two-week intensive courses and condensed six-week sessions. Professional development program for educators, human-resource specialists and other professionals.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

110 8th St., Troy, 276-8351, summer.rpi.edu

Three sessions of summer credit courses in schools of architecture, engineering, humanities, arts, social sciences, management and science. Customized short courses, certificate programs, professional development for educators. Full-contact sports camps for grades 3-12. Residential and day enrichment programs for high school students and day enrichment programs for middle and elementary school students include Young Actors Guild, creative writing workshops, robotics engineering, computer-game development and more.

The Sage Colleges

Russell Sage College, 65 1st St., Troy, 244-2217, sage.edu/rsc

Sage College of Albany, 140 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 292-1717, sage.edu/sca

Wide range of consolidated undergraduate, graduate and doctoral courses over two sessions. Summer enrichment programs for grades 9 through 12 are available. Intensive four-week art and design program for high school students with professional artists at the Opalka Gallery. Weeklong portfolio preparation program for high school students planning to apply for college art programs.

Siena College

515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, 783-2300, Siena.edu

More than 50 credit courses available in the liberal arts, business and science. Children’s summer-camp sessions in alternative energy, astronomy, robotics and performance. Summer sports camps with the Siena Saints for ages 6-17.

Skidmore College

815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-5000, skidmore.edu

Credit and non-credit programs in the liberal, studio, creative, and performing arts for pre-collegiate, college-level and postgraduate level and professional study. Camp Northwoods program of sports, cultural arts, nature study and relaxed play for children in grades 1-6. Intensive institutes for pre-professional and professional artists in dance, flute, jazz, theater, studio art and writing. Pre-college program for high school students in the liberal and studio arts. New York State Summer Writers’ Institute and Young Writers Institute for high school students. Array of kids summer sports programs with the Skidmore athletic department. Adult rowing program.

University at Albany

1400 Washington Ave., Albany, 442-3300, albany.edu

More than 500 credit-bearing graduate and undergraduate courses, including traditional and online offerings in sessions ranging from four to six weeks in length.

Union College

807 Union St., Schenectady, 388-6000, union.edu

Undergraduate credit courses offered to Union and visiting students and qualified high school students in such areas as biology, classics, history, political science, psychology and sociology.

Schenectady County Community College

78 Washington Ave., Schenectady ,381-1200, sunysccc.edu

Broad schedule of credit and non-credit courses, short courses and online courses offered throughout the summer.

Williams College

880 Main St., Williamstown, Mass., (413) 597-3131, williams.edu

No traditional summer semester, however, on-campus summer learning opportunities include the Midsummer Adult Piano Retreat, undergraduate research colloquium, science, art and humanities program, Overland summer writing program for grades 4-12 and sports camps and clinics run by Williams coaches.



Adirondack Folk School

51 Main St., Lake Luzerne, 696-2400, AdirondackFolkSchool.org

Offering a schedule of more than 200 workshops and ongoing adult classes teaching the traditional arts, crafts, skills and culture of the Adirondacks, from blacksmithing and fly tying to banjo and basketweaving. Saturday workshops and family events.

Ajkun Ballet Theatre

The Egg, Empire State Plaza, ajkunbt.org.

Intensive dance and performance training and summer residencies for dancers ages pre-k to young adult.

Albany Institute of History & Art

125 Washington Ave., Albany, 463-4478, albanyinstitute.org

Weekly kids’ art and history programs, drop-in art classes and demonstrations and lectures for the grown-ups.

Albany Public Library

161 Washington Ave., Albany, 427-4344, albanypubliclibrary.org

Free weekly activities from toddlers to teens, adult education and computer classes at all branches.

Arts Center of the Capital Region

265 River St., Troy, 273-0552, artscenteronline.org

Themed weeklong creative camps for kids, children’s classes, and adult workshops and ongoing classes for both enrichment and credit, from culinary to fine arts.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock

84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 644-4400, simons-rock.edu

Young writers’ workshop, three-week writing intensive for high school students.

Barrington Stage Company

30 Union St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

KidsAct! program for students ages 8-14 provides comprehensive performance training, including acting, dance and movement, voice, singing and stage combat, culminating in a public performance. Two sessions.

Berkshire Theater Festival

83 east Main St., Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-5576, BerkshireTheatreGroup.org

BTF Plays! Performance-driven, weeklong camp for grades 3 and up; three sessions available broken down by age group. Apprenticeships, assistantships and internships available with the summer theater festival for college students.

Capital District Community Gardens

40 River St., Troy, 274-8685, cdcg.org

Produce project offers sustainable urban farming and entrepreneurial opportunities to high school students. Organic-gardening classes provide resources for home and community gardeners.

Capital District Gay & Lesbian Community Center

332 Hudson Ave., Albany, 462-6138, capitalpridecenter.org

Peer support groups, queer youth chorus, advocacy and education and community programs available to youth and adults.

Capital Repertory Theatre

111 N. Pearl St., Albany, 445-7469, capitalrep.org

S.T.A.R. five-week intensive summer theater training and performance program for students ages 12-16.

Children’s Museum of Science and Technology

250 Jordan Road, Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy, 235-2120, cmost.com

Variety of weekly science-themed camps throughout the summer: Junior Discover camps offer crafts, experiments and games for ages 5-7; Senior Explorer camps offer science experiments and studies for ages 8-10; Tween Scientist camps provide hands-on scientific experience in a variety of fields for ages 11-14.

Clark Art Institute

225 South St., Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-2303, clarkart.edu

Daily gallery talks, lecture series, and weekly family programming.

Cornell Cooperative Extension


CCE Albany County: 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, 765-3500, ccealbany.com

CCE Columbia County: 479 Route 66, Hudson, 828-3346, blogs.cce.cornell.edu/columbia.

CCE Rensselaer County: 61 State St., Agriculture and Life Sciences Building, Troy, 272-4210, ccerensselaer.org

CCE Saratoga County: 50 W. High St., Ballston Spa, 885-8995, ccesaratoga.org.

CCE Schenectady County: 107 Nott Terrace, Schaffer Heights, Suite 301, Schenectady, 372-1622, counties.cce.cornell.edu/Schenectady

4-H clubs offered for ages 5-19, with more than 100 project opportunities. 4-H clinics include programs in dog obedience, horse, shooting sports and veterinary science. Summer Scene summer camp at Ridgefield Park in Albany teaches environmental awareness through games, crafts, nature studies and more. Adult community workshops cover a wide range of topics from gardening to economic savvy.

Dionondehowa Wildlife Sanctuary and School

148 Staunton Road, Shushan, 854-7764, dionondehowa.org

An array of intimate classes in nature studies, expressive arts, and healing arts for young and old alike; annual summer writers’ retreat and a July sky symposium exploring atmospheric aerosol spray programs through science, workshops, music and art.

East Line Books

1714 Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-4151, EastlineBooks.com

Ongoing writing classes and workshops in a variety of genres for all age ranges.


351 Hudson Ave, Albany, 465-9916, eba-arts.org

Weeklong day camps for ages 7-12 with a focus on dance, visual arts, creative writing, illustration, storytelling, book making, and performance. Movement and dance classes for ages 3-12, dance, fitness and wellness classes for teens and adults, fitness classes for seniors.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

125 W. Bay Road, Amherst, Mass., (413) 658-1100, carlemuseum.org

Workshops and ongoing classes in music, movement, art, animals and imagination for infants to 10-year-olds at this children’s museum.

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, 475-0291, WWW. dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

Full schedule of free, one-day, hands-on environmental education programs for families of all ages.

Grand Street Community Arts

68 Grand Street, Albany, 463-2222, grandarts.org

Community arts center offering Grand Street Kids Club, a free camp for inner-city youth ages 4-12, featuring arts and crafts, step dancing, poetry, historical-site and theater visits, swimming and recreational games. And Youth Organics, a garden project providing skills trainings in sustainable agriculture and community organizing.

Hancock Shaker Village

1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 443-0188, HancockShakerVillage.org

Workshops in traditional Shaker skills from chickenkeeping to woodworking, as well as photography. Topical tours of the farm and buildings.

Hubbard Hall

25 E. Main St., Cambridge, 677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Full schedule of workshops and ongoing classes for youth and adults in music, dance, visual arts, theater and fitness. Summer children’s theater program and music program. Lecture and performance series.

Hyde Collection

161 Warren St., Glens Falls, 792-1761, HydeCollection.org

Vacation Art Studio Classes in July and August for students in grades 2-6. Weekly tours-for-tots program for ages 3-6, discovery days for pre-k to grade 6 and ARTfull Afternoons for children ages 6 to 12. Monthly lecture series.

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield, Mass.,(413) 499-9348

Adult classes in watercolor, Afro-Cuban drumming, ceramics, hip-hop and jazz jams, as well as studio space.

Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts

401 Canal Place, Little Falls, (315) 823-0808, mohawkvalleyarts.org

Six- to 10-week art and dance classes for adults in drawing, painting, pottery and dance. One- to two-day workshops in everything from jewelry making to cemetery preservation.

New York State Museum

Empire State Plaza, Albany, 474-5877, www. nysm.nysed.gov

Time Tunnel Summer Day Camp two-week sessions run by a staff of educators, scientists, historians, artists and counselors; campers explore the museum through each session’s thematic lens, have daily computer time, play games and sports in the museum courtyard, and swim at the Lincoln Park Pool. Counselor in Training program for ages 16-18. Weekly family programs.

Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-4100, nrm.org

Weekly hands-on preschool art program; gallery talks and workshops for adults.

Old Songs

37 S. Main St., Voorheesville, 765-2815, oldsongs.org

Four- and six-week group classes on a variety of acoustic folk instruments and music theory.

Omi International Arts Center

1405 County Route 22, Ghent, 392-4747, artomi.org

Camp Omi, a diverse, arts-based, two-week camp for small children to teens set in internationally renowned Fields Scupture Park; children swim daily and work with Omi’s artists in residency.

Pine Bush Discovery Center

195 New Karner Road, Albany, 456-0655, albanypinebush.org

Guided hikes and workshops for families of all ages.


432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204, proctors.org

Summer Adventures theater, dance, music, improv and filmmaking camps available for ages 6-18.

Rensselaer County Historical Society

57 2nd St., Troy, 272-7232, RCHSOnline.org

History walks and history talks for families and adults; mornings at the museum preschool story time and activities.

Salem Art Works

19 Cary Lane, Salem, 854-7674, salemartworks.com

Workshops in fine and industrial arts including blacksmithing, iron casting, ceramincs, drawing, glass blowing, painting, sculpture and welding. Youth workshops and family events.

Sanctuary for Independent Media

3361 6th Ave., Troy, 272-2390, MediaSactuary.org

Youth Media Sanctuary, a community media arts peer-training project, designed to teach multimedia skills to young people in North Troy and to develop independent local voices; frequent media-arts and advocacy workshops and events.

Sand Lake Center for the Arts

2880 Route 43, Averill Park, 674-2007, SLCA-CTP.org

Two- and three-week youth programs in theater, filmmaking, animation, dance and art.

Saratoga Springs Public Library

49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 584-7860, sspl.org

Kids’ summer reading program; infant, toddler and child storytimes. Teen Rebel book club and weekend family programs.

Schenectady County Public Library

99 Clinton St., Schnectady, 388-4500, scpl.org

Array of youth and family programs for infants to adults, including storytimes, crafts, summer reading program, performances and classes from local museum staff, scientists, musicians and more. Adult education opportunities include computer classes and book discussion groups.

Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium

15 Nott Street Terrace Heights, Schenectady, 382-7890, schenectadymuseum.org

Weeklong SciWorld hands-on science and technology camps. Weekly FETCH Lab programs present science topics through experiments and hands-on activities modeled after the popular PBS show. Monthly Little Wonders of Science program introduces science concepts to children ages 3-5.

Shakespeare & Company

70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-3353, Shakespeare.org

Shakespeare & Young Company professional actor training for ages 16-20. Riotous Youth program for age groups 7-9, 10-12 and 13-15 incorporating voice, movement, and acting, culminating in a performance created by the students and inspired by Shakespeare’s work.

Steamer No. 10 Theatre

500 Western Ave., Albany, 438-5503, steamer10theatre.org

C.A.S.T., Creative Arts at Steamer Ten, summer programs offer seven weeklong performing arts camps for kids ages 8-18. Internships available for high school and college students.

Thacher Nature Center

87 Nature Center Way, Voorheesville, 872-0800

Weekly hikes, tours and workshops to enrich the park experience.

Theater Institute at Sage

Russell Sage College, 65 1st St. Troy, 244-4504, sage.edu/capa/tis

Proformance-focused theater training with professional theater artists: Kids on Stage two-week program for ages 5-8, Summer on Stage three-week theater school for ages 8-16, and Summer Shakespeare Institute, a four-week production camp for ages 14-18.

Time & Space Limited

434 Columbia St., Hudson, 822-8448, timeandspace.org

Kids Create arts and crafts workshops for ages 4-8. Hands-on summer programs including building, art, music and science for ages 6-9 and 10-14. Community outreach programs for ages 18 and up and summer youth theater for ages 16-21.

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

104 Walker Street, Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-3206, gildedage.org

Ventfort Kids summer sessions invite contemporary techno kids to unplug and enjoy a Gilded Age experience through crafts, games, baking, gardening, and fun at the 1893 mansion and grounds. Weeklong sessions for ages 7-12 run July 9 through August 20. Tea and Talk on Tuesdays.

West Kortright Center

49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith, (607) 278-5454, westkc.org

Workshops for kids and adults in memoir writing, theater, documentary video, yoga, plein air painting and more.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

34 Tinker Street, Woodstock, (845) 679-2079, woodstockguild.org

Four- to eight-week adult classes in ceramics, woodworking, jewelry and drawing, youth and family ceramics classes, artist residencies and performances.