PANORAMA: Summer Youth Program

Olana’s Week-Long Summer Youth Program

This year, The Olana Partnership will hold its 14th annual PANORAMA: Olana’s Week-Long Summer Youth Program for four weeks starting in July through early August 2023 at Olana State Historic Site. Certified teachers, professionals, and museum educators will deliver thematic programs each week. This year, instructors will provide hands-on educational activities for children ages 7-11 that encourage creative play and discovery at Olana. Each week will run Monday-Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Registration will close on Wednesday, June 14, 2023.




Week 1: See Like A Photographer

Monday, July 10-Friday, July 14

Led by experienced teaching artists, students will take a closer look at Olana’s newest exhibition, Terraforming: Olana’s Historic Photography Collection Unearthed, and explore different ways of seeing the world around them. Students will explore how elements of photography like light, composition, and perspective play a key role in making art, telling stories, and exploring nature. During the week, participants will use their new skills to make a collaborative final project and craft a collection of their own images.


Week 2: Explore Like A Scientist

Monday, July 17-Friday, July 21

Educators from the Taconic Outdoor Education Center will guide students through Olana’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape where they will learn about the various habitats, environments, flora, and fauna that call Olana home. Getting inspired by artist Frederic Church’s own relationship with scientific observation, students will discover secrets of the natural world and use their newfound environmental knowledge to explore how they relate to their surroundings.



Week 3: Invent Like An Artist

Monday, July 24-Friday, July 28

Students will learn about the places and cultures that influenced Frederic Church’s artistic and architectural vision during this week focused on art making and architecture. Led by expert teaching artists, students will learn more about how history and place can inspire artists to create works in 2D and 3D, using their own environment and explorations at Olana to inspire personal art making.


Week 4: Think Like A Farmer

Monday, July 31-Friday, August 4

Students will dive into Olana’s history as a working farm by creating their own artistic and culinary creations. Led by Olana Educators and special guest visitors from the Hudson Valley’s agricultural sector, this week will encourage students to learn more about where the food they eat comes from and about how farming practices play an important role in their own lives. Through hands-on activities and place-based art making, students will learn about local farming and food through the lenses of art and agriculture



Safety guidelines:

This program occurs indoors and outdoors in Olana’s indoor classroom space and under a tent by the Wagon House Education Center and throughout the site. Olana is a New York State Park and will adhere to CDC/NYS COVID-19 guidelines.

Each week will run Monday-Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Registration will close on Wednesday, June 14, 2023


Registration will close on Wednesday, June 14, 2023.

The cost of attendance is $375 a week for members of The Olana Partnership or $425 a week for non-members. To become a member, visit

Full scholarships and financial support for transportation are available for students who attend Title 1 schools and/or receive SNAP and EBT benefits. To apply for funding or to learn more email


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 Golub Family Foundation; The William H. Pitt Foundation, Inc.; Stewart’s Shops; the Bank of Greene County; and the members of The Olana Partnership.