I’m Ryan. Be one of my campers!

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Ryan and a camper conducting a (very messy!) science experiement.About Ryan:

BS Wildlife Science, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) (Syracuse, NY)
MPS Natural Resource and Recreation Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) (Syracuse, NY)
From the time he was a young boy in his native state of New York (the upstate part!), Ryan has been captivated by the outdoors and all things science. Ryan has a variety of experience working with youth in science-related programs as a volunteer educator for the NYS Parks Department and as a science educator with his college. He sees science education as a way to engage youth in their natural surroundings and aims to make science something fun and enjoyable.

Here’s what Ryan has to say about his 2013 summer camps:

• Young Inventors (7/22-7/26) •

As a child, one of my favorite activities was to play with my Lego sets. I relished the excitement of building giant castles with secret folding trap doors and collapsing draw bridges. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was engineering: using my imagination and creativity to build something from nothing. The opening of the Child Inventor Service exhibit is a testament to the Museum’s mission to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math (known as STEM) into early childhood learning. This inspired me to create Young Inventors Camp, all about building, designing, and of course, inventing. I’m really looking forward to inspiring curiosity and creativity in the campers and watching what they will build with it. On the last day of camp, we’ll test our engineering skills in a special Egg Mobile Crash Test Derby. Everyone is invited to watch and cheer on the Young Inventors!

• Dinos Rock! (8/12-8/16) •

No childhood is complete without some infatuation with the giant reptilian creatures of long ago. Their size, diversity, and mystique make dinosaurs a great topic for a summer camp. In Dinos Rock! camp, we will be exploring other ancient animals like mastodons, giant ground sloths and even a cheetah that roamed the Great Plains of North America. The museum has many real fossils and replicas that we will examine for a hands-on experience. We’ll make our own fossil casts and become paleontologists as we venture on an exciting dig in the backyard.

Talk to Ryan:

Curious about Ryan’s camps? Contact Ryan at 828-1234 x229 or email him at ryan@kitetails.org.

Ready to register? You can do it online here or call Shana at 828-1234 x232.