Panorama: Summer Learning for Youth


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.

Only a few spaces left! 

plein air

SOLD OUT! 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 of 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 person to the edge of the falls and feel the wet-dewiness on their skin. El Khasné Petra 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 art-making!

wander society

SOLD OUT!  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 Best Selling 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!)

Families can choose to participate for one week, two, or all three weeks. Payment can be made online or can be mailed to The Olana Partnership, Attn: Amy Hufnagel, PO Box 199, Hudson, NY 12534.  To qualify for the discounted rate, all payment online or by mail must be received by Saturday, March 17. Registration for all programs will close Friday, June 29.  


*Subsidies are available for up to 3 families this year. To receive more information please email
*Our budgets, who we hire, and the art materials we purchased are based off of enrollment. Early bird registrants can cancel and receive a 50% refund until June 1. If you register after March 17, we cannot refund your order.

Media and Program Contact: Amy Hufnagel, Director of Education, The Olana Partnership. (518) 828-1872 x 105 or 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 Taconic Foundation; the John Wilmerding Education Initiative, and the members of The Olana Partnership.

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