Clearpool Outdoor FAQ

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 >

Are you open during the winter?
Yes! Clearpool offers seasonal outdoor education and recreation programs from September through June. Winter activities such as snowshoeing, winter ecology, and winter wildlife study are available to school groups during the week, and families and community members on the weekends. Seasonal discounts are available.
View programs for School Groups and Community Members.

Are your trails open to the public?
Clearpool features over 5 miles of hiking trails which are open Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Download a trail map >
For more information or to arrange a specific visit, please call 845.225.8226 or email

What should we bring on our trip?
Pack to be outdoors as much as possible! Your registration packet will include a packing list of what to bring – and not to bring for your day or overnight trip.
Sample packing lists for day and overnight trips >

What paperwork must I bring for my students/group?
Be sure to have your group assignment list, health forms for all students and your cabin plan, if staying overnight.

Can students bring cell phones?
We strongly advise you to not allow students to bring cell phones. Service on our 350-acre wooded campus is poor and they can get lost or damaged. You have also come to Clearpool for an outdoor education experience and we feel that a cell phone defeats our number one goal – to connect with nature! If students must bring cell phones, we ask that they be put away until the trip is over.

Can you accommodate students with medical or developmental needs?
Yes!  We welcome individuals of all ages and abilities to our campus and many activities can be modified to ensure participation for all. Please let us know of any specific concerns or special accommodations in advance of your trip.

What happens when I arrive with my teachers and students?
The trip coordinator and staff assigned to your school will help direct and guide you throughout the day. We require that a teacher/chaperone accompany each Clearpool staff member for the entire program and their participation is welcome and encouraged to help make the experience for the students memorable and enjoyable.

What is the booking and payment process for group trips?
Once your signed trip contract has been received, we will send you an invoice for a nonrefundable 25% deposit with balance due 10 days prior to date of arrival. Your deposit secures your trip date(s); failure to pay the deposit within the agreed time may result in loss of your reservation. Late or non-payments will be referred to the Green Chimneys business office to make necessary arrangements.

What is a Certificate of Additional Insured?
All group trips to Clearpool require a certain amount of liability insurance and group leaders must provide proof of coverage. The document can be easily obtained through your business office or insurance carrier (many carriers refer to it as “event insurance”) and must list Green Chimneys as additional insured. If you have questions, please call 845.225.8226 or email

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