Scholarships

We are committed to inclusion. Scholarships are generated with our choose-your-price sliding scale fee format, collected and distributed on a program-to-program basis. 

Contributions made over the minimum of the sliding scale are tax-deductible donations to our scholarship fund. Scholarships are limited to the sum of these funds but we may be able to draw on additional resources for families needing more financial assistance. If you need assistance with our program fees we encourage you to be in touch with us!

Scholarship Information

Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, pending available funds. We review applications every 2-3 weeks, and notify applicants soon thereafter.

Recipients will be notified by email and given a time-frame within which to accept or decline the amount awarded and complete payment of the balance.

Questions?

Please contact our office by email ([email protected]) or phone (607-272-2292). If you have questions about scholarships for someone who is not yourself or your child, please use our Scholarship Information Request Form.

Additional Outside Sources for Scholarships:

Although we do our best to make sure that everyone can attend our programs, please also consider applying right away to the following supplemental financial assistance programs, to allow them time for processing your application:

  • Ithaca Youth Bureau ECHO Scholarship – This scholarship is through the Ithaca Youth Bureau and intended for youth in Tompkins County participating in recreational activities, at any time of year. Please call the Ithaca Youth Bureau office for more information: 607-273-8364.

  • The Town of Danby offers grants to youth up to age 21 for camps and afterschool programs. Info & application: [email protected] or on the Town Hall bulletin board.
  • If you live outside of the Towns of Ithaca and Danby, inquire at your local town hall for possibilities of youth scholarships. Please let us know of any resources you find!

What to Know About Our Scholarships Before Applying:

  • Scholarship amounts we can provide are outlined below by program type.
  • Larger scholarships are considered under extenuating circumstances, and on a case by case basis.
  • Scholarship applications must be submitted a minimum of 30 days before the program start date to ensure consideration. You may apply closer to the start date, but we cannot guarantee a response before the program begins.

Scholarship Amounts by Program Type

  • Growing Wild Summer Camps: Up to $110/week for a maximum of 2 weeks of camp/child
  • Forest Village and Explorers Camps: Up to $150/week for a maximum of 2 weeks of camp/child
  • All Other Summer Day Camps: Up to $160/week for a maximum of 2 weeks of camp/child
  • Overnight Camps: Up to $200

If your child is eligible for the Free & Reduced lunch program and you provide a copy of your determination letter, we will consider additional funding requests.

Half of the program cost up to $100

If your child is eligible for the Free & Reduced lunch program and you provide a copy of your determination letter, we will consider additional funding requests.

Up to $100 per trimester. You must submit a separate scholarship application for each trimester.

If your child is eligible for the Free & Reduced lunch program and you provide a copy of your determination letter, we will consider additional funding requests.

  • Forest Preschool* ( 4 days/wk) up to $250 per trimester
  • Forest Preschool* ( 2 days/wk) up to $150 per trimester

*You must submit a separate scholarship form per trimester.

If your child is eligible for the Free & Reduced lunch program and you provide a copy of your determination letter, we will consider additional funding requests.

Adult Programs and Workshops: Amounts vary by program, please contact our office for more information

How to Apply:

  • Create an Online Account Portal using a computer and Firefox or Chrome (not Safari or Explorer, not on a tablet or smartphone).
  • Sign up for your selected program(s) and pay a deposit if applicable.
  • If you are unable to pay the deposit at this time, select “pay later with cash or check” then email [email protected] to make arrangements with the Registrar. Your spot is NOT held until the Registrar has replied to your email.
  • Complete a separate scholarship application for EACH participant and EACH program. Epic Days are not eligible for scholarship funds.
  • You will receive an email confirmation when we have received your application.

If you are applying for a scholarship for more than the maximum amount listed above, after you submit your application, please email us at [email protected] with information about your circumstances.

If your child qualifies for Free & Reduced Lunch, please mail or email a copy of your current determination letter.

Additional questions? Use the form below or give us a call at 607-272-2292 Ext. 195!

Ask a Scholarship related question

To apply for a scholarship, please visit your Account Portal.

Now, more than ever, we need nature as a balancing agent.”
Richard Louv

Author of 'The Last Child in the Woods'