Discover Clearpool – a Unique Outdoor Education Center for Environmental Learning

Clearpool welcomes more than 10,000 students each year from Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester Counties and New York City. Our environmental education and wildlife exploration programs span three seasons which means teachers can pick the program which best suits their curriculum and their schedule. Learn more >

The Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus is a premier outdoor education center and recreation facility for nature-based education and discovery. Located on 350 acres of natural woodlands, Clearpool offers a spectacular setting for school students, families, community groups, and anyone who wants to experience nature in a unique, year-round environmental exploration setting. An array of programs includes nature study, adventure learning, seasonal activities, day or overnight excursions, and summer camp.

Countless ecological resources and extensive wildlife make Clearpool a dynamic wilderness education classroom, retreat and conservation site for all ages. Protected woodlands include more than five miles of forest trails, a natural lake, marsh, wetland, and extensive stream system, providing multiple habitats for a diverse population of plants, birds, and animals.

Originally founded in 1901 as a summer camp for disadvantaged inner-city children, Green Chimneys’ Clearpool Campus has become an established education resource for schools, a valued partner to human services organizations, and a true steward of the environment. After more than 100 years, it remains one of the finest outdoor facilities in the same pristine surroundings that existed a century ago. These elements continue to inspire imagination and exploration among children and adults.

In October 2011, Clearpool became the site of the fourth New York State Model Forest established in the New York City Watershed region, setting aside 264 acres of privately-owned forestland to support environmental education in a demonstration forest setting and forest stewardship within Putnam County.

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