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Summer camps may be canceled but WCNY in partnership with WNET Thirteen invites students across WCNY’S 19-county broadcast area to attend “Camp TV,” a new hour-long television series that brings the day camp experience to life on TV.

Watch weekdays now–Sept. 4 from 9–10 a.m. on WCNY-TV.

Watch Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3–4 p.m. now–Sept. 4 on Global Connect.

“Camp TV” will provide educational and fun-filled activities to children who cannot attend summer camp this year. Host and head counselor Zachary Noah Piser, a Broadway performer (“Dear Evan Hansen,” “Wicked”), will guide campers as they learn through play. Children will participate in engaging summer camp activities and programs about nature and animals, science and technology, arts and crafts, and more.

Head counselor Zach kicks off each episode with a welcome song and announces the day’s theme: silly hat day, camping day, rhyme day, silly sock day, backwards day and more. Zach then guides campers through a variety of activities—exploring nature, math, science, the arts, movement, storytelling, writing and more. For example, kids will learn about surface tension while making bouncing bubbles and discover shapes while creating a flying origami star. They will learn how to do magic tricks, turn sneakers into tap shoes, create an oboe from a straw and make guacamole. They will meet all kinds of animals, from a playful bearcat to chickens who like classical music. Every episode also includes a storytelling segment that features a different book of the day.

Local partners will be featured in the new series including the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and Baltimore Woods Nature Center.

Local partners will be featured in the new series including the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and Baltimore Woods Nature Center.

The MOST Museum of Science and Technology

The Discovery Center of Science opened its doors on Nov. 15, 1981, in a storefront at 321 S. Clinton St. in downtown Syracuse. It was the first hands-on science museum in Upstate New York. On Oct. 27, 1992, the Museum, renamed the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, opened to the public in its new location in the former Syracuse Armory building with new hands-on exhibits and the Silverman Planetarium, at the time the only public planetarium in Central New York. The Bristol IMAX Omnitheater, the only domed film IMAX theater in New York State, opened Jan. 26, 1997. To provide informal science learning experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage discovery, and inspire investigation. WCNY has teamed up with the MOST for several projects including Ready to Learn Family Community Learning programs and the MOST offered a science homework/question hotline staffed by MOST educators once schools were closed in March – and WCNY promoted this hotline via its StayConnected COVID-19 hub and via TV Classroom.  The MOST also works with many different school districts to deliver educational programming.

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Baltimore Woods Nature Center

Part of the Central New York community since 1966, Baltimore Woods Nature Center is located on 182 acres of land in Marcellus. Visitors to Baltimore Woods enjoy their trails and participate in on-site nature day camps and more. In addition to on-site program, Baltimore Woods’ Baltimore Woods’ award-winning Nature in the City program is in its 17th year, providing place-based hands-on, minds-on science education to all 19 elementary schools in the City of Syracuse.

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Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Founded in 1914, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park is among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country as an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The zoo is dedicated to connecting people to the natural world by providing engaging guest experiences, exceptional animal care, and unparalleled conservation education. The education departments of WCNY and the Zoo have also been working together to offer in-person and now virtual Zoo to You programs for children throughout the community as well as specifically to Ready to Learn audiences. The Zoo offers educational programs for people of all ages.

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WCNY invites children to watch the program and share what they like most about the new show for a chance to win a gift card prize.

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