Olana PartnershipHudson, NY – The Olana Partnership’s 9th Panorama Summer Program for youth will take place in July 2018 at Olana State Historic Site. These week-long programs are delivered by certified teachers and museum educators with years of experience; they have developed compelling activities and hands-on content for each of the three weeks. Camps are designed to be educational, and yet everything is linked to creative play and discovery in a stunning location. Our program leaders are professionals with extensive museum and outdoor education training.

Week 1: July 16-20 – Olana as an Oasis: Discovering Diverse Ecosystems (Ages 6-12)

Olana is a vast landscape stretching over 250 acres.  When Frederic Church designed it, he was clearly inspired by his travels to foreign landscapes – to the deserts of the Middle East, to the frozen tundra in Labrador, to the mountain ranges in South America, to the coasts of the Caribbean – he certainly saw it all. These travels led him to design Olana with both an artistic eye and a scientist’s sensibility for protecting and enhancing his own little eco-system. Explore these different environments through fun scientific experiments and outdoor excursions with incredible environmental educators from the Taconic Outdoor Education Center. Youth will hike, play games, collect and notice, do experiments, make art, and tour the museum, plus much more.

Week 2: July 23-27 – Unearthing the Artistic Senses (Ages 6-12)

When people look at a painting, they use their visual senses – however so many other factors influence how you “read and feel” art.  Frederic Church’s works of art were meant to activate all your senses.  For his masterpiece Heart of the Andes there were pieces of music written to accompany the piece. His famous work Niagara was made to transport the viewer to the edge of the falls and feel the wet-dewiness on their skin. El Khasné Petra was painted to make you feel the sun on your face, the sounds of the camel’s feet and the awe of arriving at one of the wonders of the world. Each day of the week we will explore with all 5 senses and make artwork that we can see, hear, feel, taste and smell. This will be a week of fun, messy, stinky artmaking.

Week 3: July 30-August 3 – PREMIERE! The Nature of Wandering w/ author Keri Smith, The Wander Society (ages 8-14)

Frederic Church is known for being a wanderer of the world. Come learn the art, science, and nature of wandering with artist and author Keri Smith.  Smith has designed this week to be filled with secret missions, outdoor investigation, making, deep-looking, teamwork and independent thinking. A few years ago, while perusing a used book store, Smith uncovered a copy of Walt Whitman’s Leave of Grass with strange marginalia and symbols.  Since then she has worked hard to keep The Wander Society alive and has become an advocate for spontaneity, adventure and real-world observation. Come learn how to be your very own explorer of the world, hang out with Walt Whitman himself, and be inspired by a stunning contemporary artist who loves creativity and history. (Smith is an artist, mother, and a New York Times bestselling author and creator of The Wander Society, Wreck This Journal, and How to be an Explorer of the World. This week is the world premiere of programming that will become a national model; how cool is that?

JUST THE FACTS: This program is for young people between the ages of 6 and 14 and will take place Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm. The Olana Partnership offers early bird discounts as well as reductions in fees for registering for more than one week of camp. Early bird pricing ends March 17, 2018. The base cost for the week (without discounts) is $225/week before March 17, $290/week after March 17. Families can choose to participate for one, two or all three weeks. Visit www.olana.org for additional information and to download registration forms and to make payment online. Forms and payment can also be mailed to The Olana Partnership, Attn: Amy Hufnagel, PO Box 199, Hudson, NY 12534. Registration for all camps will close June 15.

ABOUT OLANA AND THE OLANA PARTNERSHIP: Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), the preeminent American artist of the mid-19thC and the most important artist’s home, studio and designed landscape in the United States.  Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation. Olana’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape with a Persian-inspired house at its summit embraces unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains and, today, welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually.

Olana State Historic Site, a historic site administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Taconic Region, is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The Olana Partnership, a private not-for-profit education corporation, works cooperatively with New York State to support the restoration, conservation, and interpretation of Olana State Historic Site. To learn more about Olana and The Olana Partnership, please visit www.olana.org

Wagon House Education Center programming is made possible in part through support provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation; the Taconic Foundation, and the members of The Olana Partnership.



Media Contact:                                                                                 

Melanie Hasbrook                                                                              

Development and Marketing Communications Manager                

518-828-1872 x 103                                                                           



Program Contact:

Amy Hufnagel

Director of Education

518-828-1872 x 105



PO Box 199

Hudson, NY 12534-0199