Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center

For over three decades, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center (DNALC) has provided biology-focused lab enrichment including summer camps, school field trips, and student research opportunities for hundreds of thousands of precollege students on Long Island and in the tri-state area. In 1988, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory established the DNALC as the world's first science center devoted entirely to public genetics education.

The DNALC is excited to announce the opening of DNALC NYC, a brand new 17,500-square-foot facility in downtown Brooklyn. A collaboration with the City University of New York (CUNY), DNALC NYC is located at the City Tech campus. With six teaching labs, two computer classrooms, and interactive exhibits, DNALC NYC is nearly twice the size of the Cold Spring Harbor flagship.

The DNALC invented summer DNA camps, and this summer students are invited to get back in the business of hands-on science. Week-long science day camps are open to students entering grades 6-12 at the Cold Spring Harbor and Brooklyn locations. Guided by experienced instructors, campers use sophisticated laboratory and computer equipment to perform experiments several grade levels ahead of their peers. Kit-based virtual camp options are also offered. Scholarships are available for qualified applicants.  

The DNALC begins taking school field trip reservations for the upcoming school year in spring. Students in grades 5-12 are invited for half- and full-day laboratory field trips, where they perform experiments and lab activities that directly correlate with requirements for NY State Regents Living Environment and AP Biology courses and align with the New York State Science Learning Standards for middle and high school. Teachers and school administrators are encouraged to make reservations early, as spaces fill quickly. Scholarships are avaiable for Title I schools.

Rest assured that the DNALC is committed to providing a safe place for hands-on science. Depending on prevailing circumstances, the program's COVID Safety Net provides for distanced workstations, individual equipment, daily health surveys, temperature monitoring, and fully vaccinated instructors.

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