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Spring 2019 Registration is open!

We have classes for all ages this spring at the Heldeberg Workshop!


1. Helde-Birding!

Birders of all abilities are welcome! Bring binoculars, your favorite field guide, a drink, and dress for the weather, including tick proofing and sturdy shoes. This experience will improve birding skills, offer identification techniques, boost life lists, provide mild exercise, and offer summer bird feeding tips. We hope to find about 40 species on the land. We will meet at the Pole Building each time.  Join us for an Adventure in Birding!

This class is for adults. Limit of 15.

Dates: April 14, May 19 and June 2
Time: 12 – 2 pm
Instructor: Chris Keefer
Registration fee: $55


2. Be A Kid Again!
Did you ever wish you could sign up for my summer classes for children like Forest Ninjas? Here’s your chance. Check your adult self at the Heldeberg gate and be a kid for 3 hours, playing exciting forest and field games, practicing nature awareness skills and opening up your sense of wonder.

Ages: Adults or adults with children. One adult for up to three children.
Instructor: Steve Young
Date and registration details: TBA


3. Archery
Learn the basic shooting techniques when using professional recurved bows.  These are the same bows used in national shooting competitions and the Olympics.   Practice calculating scores and improving from week to week. Candy shoots and our last day shooting competition keep students engaged as they become lifelong participants of the sport.

Note: Recurve bows will be used for Archery.

Dates: April 14, April 28, May 19, June 2, June 9
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Instructor: Claire Pusatere
Registration fee: $135

4. At Home in the Woods

Make yourself at home in the woods!  Join in for 5 weeks of adventure and challenge as we find wild foods, build a natural shelter that could keep you warm through an unplanned cold fall night in the woods, practice the skills of lost-proofing so you can always find your way home, and learn to build a safe fire in 5 minutes, no matter what. We’ll practice using our eyes like an owl, our ears like a deer and our nose like a bear so we’ll know our woodland home as well as the animals do.

Limited to 12 children ages 8-12

Dates: April 14, April 28, May 19, June 2, June 9
Time: 12-4pm
Instructor: Steve Young
Registration fee: $175

Dear Workshop family;

As a parent or grandparent of a child that has attended Heldeberg Workshop you have likely been on the receiving end of some enthusiastic and animated chatter about just how much fun your child has had on the land.  The time spent outside, especially the time that is not so tightly structured – using our bodies, our imagination, our words, our hands, our senses – is one of the most important parts of a healthy childhood that truly prepares us for adult challenges.

At Heldeberg, that translates to art on and from the land  the potters wheel, the loom and paper, literal immersion in the swamp, meeting bugs, reptiles, amphibians and birds up close on their terms, blending with the landscape, entering the world of a Revolutionary War Soldier or the Iroquois, making music or theatre, learning to live off the land, exploring caves and even hanging at Hogwarts’ Heldeberg Campus.  In other words: true fun and adventure that speaks to the imagination of children and puts that sparkle in their eyes.

What you might not know is that each year Heldeberg Workshop grants scholarships to give this experience to over 65 children whose families cannot afford our tuition.  These scholarships represent a great opportunity for these children.

We are reaching out to you, our community of parents and friends, to ask your assitance to give as generously as you can so that more children can experience what your children enjoy each summer.

We ask you to consider what Heldeberg has given your children and then give as much of this weekly tuition cost ($135) or as your budget allows so we can help as many children as possible.  Our goal in our inaugural fundraising campaign is to raise $7,000 to allow 40 additional children to attend on scholarship. Thank you in advance for helping us in making this a reality.

Click to donate with your credit or debit card or your Paypal account. Since Heldeberg Workshop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, your donation is fully tax deductible.

Here’s to there being 40 more parents being on the receiving end of some enthusiastic and animated chatter next July and August!   Because in that chatter is the magic of Heldeberg Workshop.


Board of Directors


P.S.: Thank you for your support of the Heldeberg Workshop and our educational programs.

The Heldeberg Workshop is not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing an Adventure in Learning. It is chartered by the Board of Regents and is located on over 240 acres at the foot of the Helderberg Escarpment in the Town of New Scotland. We offer 1 and 2 week outdoor courses, taught by certified teachers and expert artisans, in science and nature, high adventure, theatre and art, to name a few.

The Heldeberg Workshop is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. The Heldeberg Workshop has a permit to operate from the Albany County Department of Health. The Workshop is inspected annually; reports are available at the office on Ferry and Green Streets.

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