Summer Explorations

There’s so much more to explore at Summer Explorations! 

A Summer Explorations Camper wearing a mask showing off tie dye at Elisabeth Morrow School

Get Ready!

Summer Explorations returns
June 27–August 5, 2022.

Our summer program for children age 2 through ninth grade offers innovative classes and activities in science, art, technology, drama, sports, and more! All of our workshops are taught by certified, experienced educators on our 14-acre campus. Registration for our 2022 program will open in early spring.

Meet Our Staff

Ms. Liza Hards

Director of Auxiliary Programs

Ms. Hards has been a faculty member at the Elisabeth Morrow School for 29 years. Ms. Hards has worked at EMS since 1992 as a first -and second-grade classroom teacher and has been Director of Auxiliary Programs for the past 12 years.

Ms. Hards believes that play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Summer Explorations allows campers to continue skill-building while enjoying a fun camp experience.

During her free time, Ms. Hards enjoys camping, crafting, and spending time with her husband Steve and children, Tyler ‘22 and Dana ‘25.

Ms. Jillian Henthorn

Associate Director of Auxiliary Programs

Ms. Henthorn joined the team in June 2019 and brings with her a great background in outdoor education and youth development.

Ms. Henthorn has a passion for educating people of all abilities and ages and has worked in both informal and formal classroom settings and summer camps.

In her free time, you’ll find her exploring new hiking trails, exercising, or gardening. Ms. Henthorn enjoys birding and is working to create a coloring book of birds naive to New York and New Jersey.

Ask Questions or Schedule a Tour

Tours are by appointment only. Contact Ms. Hards by calling 201-568-5566 ext. 7333 or email


Early Childhood: Age 2–Grade 1

This classroom-based program of 10-12 students is led by certified teachers and involves “theme weeks” and lots of opportunities for water play, playground time, and nature study on our beautiful 14-acre campus. Half and full-day options are available.

Day–Camp: Grades 2–6

Campers entering second through sixth grades select two of our morning workshops (such as painting, jewelry making, woodworking, coding, sports, outdoor adventures, animation, filmmaking, and so on) and participate each afternoon in one of our 130+ enriching afternoon workshops. Half and full-day options are available.

Pre-Teen & Teen Programs: Grades 7-9

Older students develop strong leadership skills through our Leaders in Training program, an intensive three-week course. Campers selected for this program participate in a variety of exercises and challenges and have the opportunity to complete a First Aid/CPR course and an American Camping Association online course in youth leadership.

My child had an incredible six weeks of camp. The staff is friendly and welcoming and passionate about what they do. They provide a vast array of programs for older students, and many crafts and play-based activities for younger ones.

Jane D., Summer Explorations Parent

Directions to EMS

Get Updates on Summer Explorations


Sign up for newsletter updates