Camp TV is produced in collaboration with many partner organizations across the United States (listed here in alphabetical order). Read about their educational programs for children and youth, below. You can also read about our station partners.
The focus of 1520 ARTS is to help grow the Hip Hop community in Utah while providing local youth with an opportunity to develop their skills. This is done through competitions, workshops, performances and education. The ultimate goal is to provide members of our community with a chance to learn, work and create while exposing our local Hip Hop community to people from all over the country. By providing a forum to unite Hip Hop artists and their families in passion for their art, participants in 1520 Arts are inspired to succeed not only on the dance floor, but in life itself.
America’s Test Kitchen Kids
America’s Test Kitchen Kids helps young chefs understand the hows and whys of food and cooking through our cookbooks, monthly subscription boxes, podcast, educational material, and extensive (free!) digital library. The kid-tested, kid-approved recipes and STEAM activities will inspire families to spend quality time together as well as a lifetime of tasty cooking.
You can find out more on ATKkids.com. Follow ATK Kids on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), founded in 1945, continues to affirm its position as one of America’s leading orchestras with excellent live performances, renowned guest artist features and engaging education initiatives. The ASO performs more than 150 concerts each year from the Delta Classical Series, Movies in Concert, Family Concert Series, Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE and the Coca-Cola Holiday Series, as well as community and education concerts.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
This summer, experience golden hour at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. BBG is open until 8:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday each week through August. Children can drop in and explore the Discovery Garden or enroll in summer programs in the Children’s Garden. Adults can register for online horticulture classes and experience audio tours and art performances in the Garden. BBG is also partnering with other Brooklyn cultural institutions to bring you BCAP at Home, a mix of live, pre-recorded, and do-at-your-own-pace at-home activities for elementary school kids and their adults.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, located in Cody, WY near Yellowstone National Park, is a museum complex consisting of the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Whitney Western Art Museum, the Draper Natural History Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, and the Cody Firearms Museum. The Center’s mission is to connect people to the stories of the American West. The Center provides in person and online experiences that explore the natural history, art, and cultures of the American West.
You can explore the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the amazing animals that live there at the Center’s Interactive 360 Online Adventure and find more hands-on projects and activities for children and families at https://centerofthewest.org/learn/interactives/. Learn more about the Center’s museums and experiences at centerofthewest.org. Follow the Center on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
In the Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers program, students and children explore a diverse range of musical genres found in New York City neighborhoods. Basic music skills are developed in classrooms or at home as children learn songs from different cultures, reflect on their own communities, and develop singing and listening skills.
Children’s Museum of Acadiana
“Learning by Doing.” The CMA exists to foster a creative environment through “hands-on” exhibits and programs, where children and their families explore and make discoveries that reveal everyday experiences, cultures, and human differences. As a first museum experience for many, we want to enhance the lives of children of all socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as, to provide an environment inspiring self-expression and achieving self-esteem while learning respect for others. Central to the philosophy is that a child learns by doing, the CMA serves as both a learning resource for educators and a development center exploring new methods of informal education. The CMA strives to develop a future generation of museum appreciators by initiating and encouraging a life-long love of museum experiences as an integral part of their educational process.
The Children’s Museum of Acadiana is committed to:
- Serving the toddler to ten-year-old age group, their families, and teachers through a variety of participatory exhibits and programs that cover a broad range of subjects;
- Creating and providing exhibitions and programs which challenge the analytical process and interaction with visual, auditory, and physical aspects in the areas of human development and cultural understanding;
- Reaching a broad audience and encouraging imagination, curiosity, questioning, and realism;
- Finding resources for developing and providing programs (“Only One You” and “Mornings at the Museum”) to address learning challenged (socioeconomic based and learning disorder) children;
- Creating and sustaining a volunteer program that inspires in the individual a lifelong desire to be dedicated to and serve the community in which they live;
- Enhancing and broadening the school core curriculum;
- Attracting and leveraging a diverse staff and board of directors who share a commitment to children and who bring creativity and expertise to the Museum.
Children’s Museum of South Dakota
Greet a life-size T. rex and climb the clouds. Harvest food and move it from farm to market.
Splash in a stream and play on our prairie. At the Children’s Museum of South Dakota we spark imagination and learning for all children and their grown-ups through play, creativity, and discovery.
Located in Brookings on the eastern side of South Dakota, the Museum offers a place to create memories while supporting a love of lifelong learning through exploration and discovery.
The museum was created on 4 acres of land in a 38,000-square-foot elementary school in the heart of the Brookings Historic District located downtown. We are an awesome road trip destination and a great place to explore the world. Cafe Coteau, our onsite cafe, offers a great place to relax and view the South Dakota skies while enjoying a healthy meal.
Check out our Seize the Play blog for more ways to play and #museumfromhome at prairieplay.org/seize-the-play/.
Children’s Museum of the Arts
Children’s Museum of the Arts unites children and artists to create and share ambitious works of art with their communities and the world.
Cooper Hewett, Smithsonian Design Museum
Cooper Hewitt is America’s design museum. Inclusive, innovative and experimental, the museum’s dynamic exhibitions, education programs, master’s program, publications and online resources inspire, educate and empower people through design. An integral part of the Smithsonian Institution—the world’s largest museum, education and research complex—Cooper Hewitt is located on New York City’s Museum Mile in the historic, landmark Carnegie Mansion. Steward of one of the world’s most diverse and comprehensive design collections—over 215,000 objects that range from an ancient Egyptian faience cup dating to about 1100 BC to contemporary 3D-printed objects and digital code—Cooper Hewitt welcomes everyone to discover the importance of design and its power to change the world.
Cooper Hewitt offers digital programs for all ages and skill levels, including the growing Smithsonian Learning Lab collection, which provides teaching tools for educators and caregivers; the Design at Home video series, which creates opportunities to engage in hands-on design activities; and live-streamed programs.
For more information, visit www.cooperhewitt.org or follow @cooperhewitt on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is the Rocky Mountain Region’s leading resource for informal science education. Our mission is to be a catalyst and ignite the community’s passion for nature and science. For over 120 years, the Museum has offered a variety of exhibits, discussions, and activities to help Museum guests celebrate and understand the wonders of Colorado, the Earth, and the universe. To learn more about the Museum, visit dmns.org or call 303.370.6000. Connect with the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Many of the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits are made possible in part by citizens of the seven-county Denver metro area through the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
Located in San Francisco, California, the Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception.
We create tools and experiences that help you to become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits, a website with over 35,000 pages of content, film screenings, evening art and science events for adults, plus much more. We also create professional development programs for educators, and are at the forefront of changing the way science is taught. We share our exhibits and expertise with museums worldwide.
The Florida Public Archaeology Network
The Florida Public Archaeology Network is a statewide organization, with eight regional centers in Florida, whose mission is to promote and facilitate the conservation, study, and public understanding of Florida’s archaeological heritage. Each regional center provides educational programming to the public, assists local governments, and provides assistance to the Florida Division of Historical Resources.
GrowingGreat’s mission is to empower children to make healthy food choices through hands-on science and garden education. We are committed to low-income families in our cement-covered city where a school garden may be a child’s only experience with living, growing things. As a pioneer in school gardens in Los Angeles since 1999, GrowingGreat (growinggreat.org) has reached hundreds of thousands of children and their families with hands-on nutrition, garden, STEM and literacy education. We offer programs from preschool to high school, in Spanish and English, during and after school, and always with the opportunity to enjoy fresh, healthy foods. On the national level, we lead the GrowingGreat Veggies & Fruits STEM education program featuring activities at science centers, children’s museums and zoos. Our GrowingGreat from Home virtual programs include STEM activities, Reading Club videos, and delicious, affordable recipes to support parents, children and teachers. We believe every community, regardless of economic status, should have access to fresh produce, and all children should experience the joy of growing fruit and vegetables in their own garden.
This summer, we invite you and your family to join the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from your home for educational and inspirational programs designed for kids, teens, and families. For more information visit our website.
Jeff Hopkins is a storyteller, educator, children’s book illustrator, and the creator and host of “Sketch with Jeff!” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Jeff believes that art is about sharing stories and connecting with others and can be found online at www.jeffhopkinsdraws.com.
World champion magician and science educator Jason Latimer is the host of a new educational YouTube series, Impossible Science: At Home! Each week, Jason makes the impossible possible through science by using magic to inspire curiosity and make learning STEM fun and entertaining. Exploring topics such as invisibility, levitation, mind control and animation, Jason uses household items to teach kids, celebrities and special guests that asking the right question can change everything.
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery. The mission of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth.
Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Koo Koo Kanga Roo is a dance party of the senses. For over a decade, lifelong friends and collaborators Bryan and Neil have toured the globe delighting fans with their high-energy music, infectious positivity, and interactive live show. They cut their teeth on the road, playing everything from DIY basements and birthday parties to sharing main-stages with a wide array of genre-defying acts like Yo Gabba Gabba, The Aquabats, and Frank Turner.
With summer in their sights and a steadfast commitment to search out joy in even the most daunting circumstances, Koo Koo Kanga Roo are ready to plug in the speakers, flip on the strobe lights, and bring their unique style of inclusive dance party to your doorstep.
Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center’s mission is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and excite learners of all ages about the power, promise, and pure fun of science and technology.
LSC is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. The Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, live simulcast surgeries, hurricane- and tornado-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, teacher-development programs, and the Western Hemisphere’s biggest planetarium—the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and LSC Giant Dome Theater. More than 750,000 students, teachers, and parents visit Liberty Science Center each year, and tens of thousands more participate in the Center’s off-site and online programs.
In the spring of 2020, Lincoln Center redesigned its arts and education offerings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ever since then “Pop-Up Classrooms,” a centerpiece of this programming, has been offering children and families engaging arts learning experiences remotely. For more information, please visit lincolncenter.org
From Virtual School Programs that give students an engaging experience with “behind the scenes” tours, animal visitors, and standards-based lessons to Wildlife Wishes that give guests the opportunity to celebrate a special event with our animals, you will find it all at the Memphis Zoo!
Want to share the Zoo with your friends and family? Wildlife Wishes are fun, educational, and personalized messages that bring the Zoo to you! Get up close with an ambassador animal of your choice to send some digital love for any occasion or just to say hello.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
#MetKids is made for, with, and by kids at The Met! Through videos, blogs, creative projects, and our interactive map, we provide resources from The Metropolitan Museum of Art for kids aged 7 – 12 anywhere.
Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The Minnesota Zoo
Created by the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Zoo opened in 1978 with a mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife. Cutting-edge exhibits provide exciting experiences with animals and their habitats introducing guests to species from around the globe. Education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout the region, and around world. Conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems.
The Minnesota Orchestra
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, now in its second century and led since 2003 by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, ranks among America’s top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in its home state and around the world; award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and educational engagement programs; and a visionary commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of tomorrow.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s mission is to enrich, inspire and serve our community as an enduring symphony orchestra internationally recognized for its artistic excellence.
Kevin Cornell Ed.S., a.k.a. Mister C, is a creative, innovative, and inspiring 19-year educator who produces educational media (songs, videos, experiments) for online, on-air and in-person projects. Kevin Cornell is a regional Emmy award winning children’s producer, three-time regional Emmy-nominated host, TedX speaker, and Ohio’s Lead PBS Digital Innovator. Most recently, Kevin and Alabama Public Television have partnered to produce DIY Science Time, a hands-on, experience-driven educational program designed for students grades 4-5 that encourages learners to “Give science a try, with a simple DIY”.
Kevin’s diverse educational experiences and deep understanding of pedagogical content knowledge allows him to effectively partner with school districts and national organizations to create informal learning opportunities for students, parents and teachers of all socio-economic backgrounds. Kevin works to continuously find innovative ways to inspire students and parents through media and live theatre presentations! His mission to create educational outreach programs and encourage viewers to explore the world. These experiences ultimately transform student and parent attitudes about learning and allows them to see that learning science is fun!
The Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City is the world’s museum for modern and contemporary art, and a place for discovery and inspiration for everyone.
Family Programs at MoMA currently include online art workshops and talks with artists. We also have resources for families and educators to learn more about our collection and discover ways to get creative at the Museum and at home.
Exploring MoMA together is the perfect way for families to share a new experience. You can enjoy open space in our galleries, relax with art outdoors in the Sculpture Garden, visit beloved artworks by artists such Frida Kahlo, Jacob Lawrence, and Vincent van Gogh, and best of all, kids 16 and under always get in free.
To stay in the know, sign up for MoMA’s family programs newsletter at moma.org/enews.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
With a mission to inspire conservation of the ocean, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is the most admired aquarium in the United States, a leader in science education, and a voice for ocean conservation through comprehensive programs in marine science and public policy. Everything we do works in concert to protect the future of our blue planet. More information at MontereyBayAquarium.org.
Move-to-Improve is a free classroom-based physical activity program brought to schools by the New York City Department of Education’s Office of School Wellness Programs. Move-to-Improve helps elementary school teachers in district public schools enhance their lessons by integrating physical activity into academic instruction to get students moving.
Move-to-Improve activities are adaptable for different ages, academic levels, and physical abilities. Visit WeTeachNYC.org, put “Move-to-Improve” in the search bar to access our Physical Activity Guide, videos, classroom resources, and music.
Questions? Contact MTI@schools.nyc.gov
National Dance Institute
National Dance Institute is a non-profit arts education organization that provides dance and music classes for children worldwide. We welcome all to dance with us this summer in free classes via ndiLIVE!, our online learning platform available via Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. (YouTube includes captioning.)
Every weekday online, NDI teaching artists lead children in signature NDI choreography, a variety of high-energy dance classes for all ability levels, and weekly music classes. Our DREAM Project@Home offers movement classes tailored to children with disabilities. All classes are accompanied with upbeat live music by NDI musicians.
New Victory Theater
Check out New Victory Arts Break, free online videos and activities to discover the joy of performing arts at home. Featuring artists from around the world and across the country, New Victory Arts Break helps kids discover different cultures, try new art forms and broaden their creative experiences. New Victory is proud to broadcast New Victory Arts Breaks on The WNET Group’s Camp TV and Let’s Learn.
From the heart of NYC’s Times Square, New Victory opens new worlds to young people and families through extraordinary performances, robust arts education programs and exciting family engagement opportunities. Bringing kids to the arts and the arts to kids, New Victory is a project of New 42, the cultural nonprofit with a mission “to make extraordinary performing arts a vital part of everyone’s life from the earliest years onward.”
New York State Museum
The New York State Museum is a center of art, science, and history dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the state. Established in 1836, it is the oldest and largest state museum in the country. From its beginning, the Museum has been home to some of the nation’s leading scientists, including the founders of American paleontology, ethnology, botany, and mycology. Its collections rank among the finest in many fields and total more than 16 million scientific specimens and one million cultural objects.
For all educators, caregivers, and students looking for engaging and educational activities to do right from home, visit the museum’s Online Resources & Activities Portal! This portal brings together many of the museum’s resources, including links to virtual “Fieldtrips,” digital collections, online resources, and fun activities for kids based on the museum’s research and collections. Content on this page will be updated often, so be sure to check back for new information and activities!
New York State Office of General Services
For over 40 years, the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) has planned and organized free public events throughout New York State. From Utica to Harlem, OGS annually presents thousands of events, ranging from information tables to concerts to cultural festivals and everything in between. Some noteworthy events include a year-round farmers market, the NYS Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance, the Kidz Expo, Concourse celebrations, the Capital Concert Series, Summer at the Plaza events, the beloved Empire State Plaza Skating Rink, the NYS Holiday Tree Lighting, and much more.
Although we’ve been unable to hold many of our in-person events, we’ve developed a range of virtual experiences for you and your entire family. Enjoy fun and educational activities with the Virtual Kidz Expo, tour the NYS Capitol and Empire State Plaza with Virtual Visit, or learn about local NYS farms with Farmers’ Spotlight. To check out all of our virtual offerings and any upcoming events, visit empirestateplaza.ny.gov or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
OGS would also like to give a special thank you to the New York State Museum, the New York State Police, the New York State Office of Fire Prevention & Control, and the Albany Fire Department for their collaboration.
New York Philharmonic
The New York Philharmonic connects with up to 50 million people annually through concerts, broadcasts, recordings, education initiatives. A resource for its community and the world, the New York Philharmonic offers Very Young People’s Concerts, Young People’s Concerts for Schools, Philharmonic Schools, and the Very Young Composers Program. The Orchestra responded to the pandemic with NY Phil Bandwagon — free, outdoor concerts across New York City — and streamed concerts on NYPhil+. The Philharmonic has premiered works by leading composers since 1842 and toured to 435 cities in 63 countries. Jaap van Zweden became Music Director in 2018, succeeding titans including Bernstein, Toscanini, and Mahler.
New York Public Library
For over 125 years, The New York Public Library has made books, knowledge, education, and opportunity accessible to all. This summer, the Library is encouraging kids and teens to read for fun, offering a mix of online programs, at-home virtual summer camp activities, in-person outdoor activities, and more.
With extensive resources both online and in branches across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library is an important educational partner for kids of all ages and their families this summer—and all year long.
With a career that includes award-winning videos, New York Times op-eds, a major label split and the establishment of a DIY trans-media mini-empire (Paracadute), collaborations with pioneering dance companies and tech giants, animators and Muppets, and an experiment that encoded their music on actual strands of DNA, OK Go continue to fearlessly dream and build new worlds in a time when creative boundaries have all but dissolved.
Formed as a quartet in Chicago in 1998 and relocated to Los Angeles three years later, OK Go (Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, Andy Ross) have spent their career in a steady state of transformation and continue to add to a curriculum vitae filled with experimentation in a variety of mediums. OK Go has been recognized for their achievements with twenty-one Cannes Lions, twelve CLIOs, three VMAs, two Webbys, The Smithsonian Ingenuity Award, and a Grammy. Most recently, they have partnered with the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas to create OK Go Sandbox, an educational non-profit that provides free resources to teachers that use OK Go’s videos as starting points to teach STEAM concepts.
One Voice Children’s Choir
One Voice Children’s Choir is comprised of children ages four through eighteen living along the Wasatch Front in the United States.
One Voice Children’s Choir originated with performances in the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City. The choir grew in popularity when they appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2009.
One Voice Children’s Choir took to YouTube with dynamic musical covers connecting with an international audience. One Voice Children’s Choir is part of ONE VOICE CHILDREN – a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation with a mission to inspire the world through the power of children’s voices.
For over 25 years, Playworks has mapped schools and playgrounds to ensure safe, healthy and meaningful play can happen every day. Playworks helps schools and districts start with recess to see gains throughout the school day. Reclaim class time, get kids active, build social skills, and increase school safety with our evidence-based approach. For schools, organizations or companies that want to learn more, please visit our website.
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Roger Williams Park Zoo is on a mission to create engaging experiences that empower guests to join in conserving wildlife and wild places. As the ultimate living classroom, the Zoo is an award-winning center for environmental education. For nearly 150 years, the Zoo has connected people with wildlife to inspire a love and appreciation for the environment and it’s animals. From daily Zoo visits to community/school outreach programs and even digital learning, it is with each experience that we create future leaders with a desire to protect and save species.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is an international nonprofit conservation organization with two front doors, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. We integrate wildlife health, care, science, and education to develop sustainable and evidence-based solutions that foster the interconnectedness of people and nature and cultivate a world where all life thrives. Conservation is at the heart of everything we do and it starts with that connection we make with people and wildlife every day.
S’more Ideas is an innovative kids media company, creating projects with purpose, passion and humor. S’More Ideas is the intersection of smart content strategy, great creative ideas and high impact production; grounded in deep knowledge of kids development and media.
The Story Pirates believe that kids are creative geniuses. All of them.
The Story Pirates are a nationally renowned group of top comedians, musicians, best-selling authors and incredible teachers with over 15 years of experience creating content that celebrates the imaginations of kids. Winner of the 2020 iHeartRadio award for Best Kids and Family Podcast, The Story Pirates Podcast is one of the top three kids and family podcasts in the world. Downloaded over 35 million times and featuring songs and sketches based on stories written by kids, their special guests include top talent like Billy Eichner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julie Andrews, Dax Shepard, Bowen Yang, Natasha Rothwell and John Oliver. The Pirates have released three critically acclaimed middle-grade books with Penguin Random House and three popular albums, all based on ideas from kids around the world. The Creator Club, their new subscription service, features activities, live-streamed events, a weekend radio show, and videos to entertain and encourage creativity for kids at home.
They Might Be Giants
A band doesn’t tour for 35 years if the people don’t come back for more. Brooklyn originals They Might Be Giants are a beloved perpetual motion machine. The band’s melodic, upbeat, energetic, spontaneous, and often virtuosic show delivers in a way most live acts can’t. As they close in on their fourth decade of music-making, the band continues to burnish their legendary status by actively recording their original songs and touring internationally. They’ve made over 20 albums, sold more than a few million, and won a couple of Grammys.
**Additional content for Camp TV provided courtesy of New York and New Jersey educators.
Thanks to our partner PBS stations who contributed the following segments to the national broadcast of Camp TV:
Detroit Public Television: Making Clay Sheep (Episode 220)
Georgia Public Television: Let’s Make a Harp in partnership with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Episode 204)
KLRN: Bruno the Tortoise in partnership with The San Antonio Zoo (Episode 211)
KUEN: Party Hip Hop Dance Moves in partnership with 1520 Arts (Episode 209)
Rhode Island PBS: From and Otter Point of View in partnership with The Roger Williams Park Zoo (Episode 217)
WCTE: Design Your Own Shirt produced by Craig Gray in partnership with The Appalachian Center for Crafts (Episode 207)
WFSU: PB and J Archeology (Episode 214)