Nassau BOCES is offering a broad array of arts and outdoor summer programs for children and teens entering grades 4-12 next fall.
Whether it’s learning to develop an artistic talent or finding your inner biologist, Nassau BOCES offers something for every child this summer. Programs range from boating, canoeing, and snorkeling to dance and creative writing, and are designed and overseen by certified educators so that children and teens can explore their interests in safe, fun and hands-on environments. For more details on all Nassau BOCES summer programs, visit

Enjoy a magical summer at Long Island High School for the Arts
Summer Arts Academy offers young artists on Long Island entering grades 6-12 next fall a chance to learn from professional artists and develop their skills further. Classes from beginner through advanced will be offered. Daily classes and workshops are held in a custom-designed, air-conditioned arts complex with dance studios, digital media and music/audio production labs, art studios, practice rooms and a fully-equipped professional theatre. Participants can enroll in classes that focus on drama, musical theatre, creative writing, and various dance, music and visual arts; take master classes in clowning, stage combat or self-defense; take a trip to a museum or Broadway show. This four-week program runs from July 6-30 and meets weekdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset. Interested students should ask their guidance counselors or principals for an application. After acceptance, which requires an individual school district recommendation, students are placed in classes based on age and level of achievement. For more information, call Principal Ava Favara at 516-622-5678 or visit

Outdoor and Environmental Education programs offer summer experiences you won’t find anywhere else
Outdoor and Environmental Adventures and Marine Biology are two popular programs that will be offered this summer. Outdoor and Environmental Adventures is a high-energy, adventure-packed program for students entering grades 4-8. During the course of this three-week program, children will have the opportunity to hike, canoe, fish, and explore a pond, beach and marsh. Other opportunities include building a survival shelter, making a solar still to collect fresh water, using a map, compass and GPS to navigate through the woods, and climbing a 32-foot-high wall.
The Marine Biology program allows students entering grades 8-12 to become field biologists as they learn about marine life and the environments they inhabit. During this three-week program, students will explore miles of beach and acres of salt marsh, compare north and south shore waters, tour Atlantis Marine World, undertake a cooperative research project, and canoe, snorkel and fish in Long Island waters.
Both programs meet weekdays from July 1-22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., excluding July 5. Transportation is provided from central locations and will be determined based on student registration. For more information on any Outdoor and Environmental Education program, call 516-396-2264 or e-mail

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