Clearpool is the Place for Outdoor Exploration and Education

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 >

Over the past 20 years, Clearpool has established itself as a top outdoor and wilderness education resource for students of all ages. Our extensive education center and facilities include:

  • 350 acres of natural woodlands
  • 9.3-acre lake with 30-foot waterfront 
  • More than 5 miles of hiking trails 
  • Five cabins with capacity for 120 campers
  • Two fully equipped classrooms 
  • Nature Center 
  • High- and low-ropes challenge courses 
  • Gymnasium 
  • Two athletic fields and outdoor basketball court  
  • Playground 
  • Barn with small animals 
  • Campfire/Council Ring with small stage 
  • Dining Hall with rustic stone fireplace 
  • Health & Wellness Center

Clearpool Campus map

The Dining Hall is a spacious social center featuring vaulted ceilings and picture windows overlooking the forest, lake and trails. In the winter, visitors can warm their hands and feet in front of the hall’s stone fireplace. Meals are served buffet style and include a vegetarian option. A fresh salad bar is offered at lunch and dinner. Meal times:
Breakfast 8:00 a.m.    Lunch 12:30 p.m.    Dinner 5:30 p.m.

Lake/Water Activities
Clearpool Lake is a 9.3-acre natural water body, fully surrounded by forest and wildlife. A 30-foot waterfront offers swimming and boating activities, including Clearpool’s famous raft-building events! The scenic shore is a wonderful place to sit quietly and reflect on the beauty of the Model Forest and wilderness setting. Lifeguards are required for all waterfront activities. Please call about schedule and fees.

The Clearpool trail system consists of more than five miles of mapped trails, open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Some trails meander along the lake, others climb to the top of the hills with views of the surrounding watersheds. During a walk one might hear red-winged black birds, pileated woodpeckers or chickadees. Trees, shrubs, mosses, rock formations, deer, and more await the quiet forest explorer.

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For more information, please call 845.225.8226.

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