The Integrated Arts and Science Center

In September of 2017 just off the southwest corner of Jeff’s Kitchen, Hayground will be breaking ground on our new Integrated Arts and Sciences Building. This is a big but natural step forward for both Hayground School and Hayground Camp. This new building will positively impact our programming in a number of ways. Here are a few:

Having a new 1,800 square foot art room that is dedicated to our middle and upper camps - the mini and lower camps will have their own dedicated art room in the main building - will allow us to design for more in-depth art projects. The design of the room, down to the height of the tables and stools and the materials that we use, will all be geared towards older kids. Because we will have two art rooms, we will also be able to reduce the number of kids in the art room at any given time, allowing for higher ratios of counselors to kids and more space for each camper to work. In addition, this will spread the art that we are doing across the campus, giving artistic expression its rightful place in our community.

Another 1,800 square feet of space will be designed as an open floor plan of labs and stations for exploring the natural world around us. Citizen Science is the name of the game. Similar to our belief that children should know where their food comes from and understand the cycles of life for plants and animals, we believe that children should understand the natural world outside of the borders of Hayground’s campus. That’s why we are partnering with a botanist and a citizen science educator to build a curriculum that takes kids off campus to our dunes and waterways, farms and beaches, tides and shore birds and allows us to learn about sustainability and erosion and the relationships between our ourselves and our natural resources. The lab becomes a launch off point where we discuss hypotheses before going out into the world to test them. And it also becomes the place where we come back and grow beach grasses and strengthen our dunes to take real action in the service of our natural world.

The roof garden will provide us with another 1,500 square feet of scientific space, expanding our existing garden diaspora of two gardens and two green houses throughout campus, all living classrooms where kids learn through observation and hands-on interactivity.