Membership and Scholarship


Enrolling in a membership to our parent organization, the Paleontological Research Institution, at the Family level or above allows access to member pricing for all of our camps. This pricing is equivalent to a $25 discount for each week of camp that you purchase. In addition, our members enjoy:

  • FREE admission for a year to the Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center for your entire household.
  • FREE reciprocal admission to 350+ science centers and museums worldwide through the ASTC passport program, (click here for more information on the ASTC passport program.)
  • Discounts on education programs, lectures, field trips, and special events.
  • Discounts on publications and gift shop merchandise.

To purchase or renew a membership, please visit the membership page of PRI’s website. Currently, membership enrollment and renewal is not offered through our camp’s online registration, so families intending to use member pricing must purchase or renew memberships before enrolling in camp.

Scholarship/ Y.N.A.P. Membership

Thanks to a recent major gift, the Young Naturalist Access Program provides Tompkins County young people facing difficult circumstances (aged 5 – 17) with free access to a special new membership that includes a week of summer camp at Cayuga Nature Center AND a one-year YNAP Youth Membership to PRI’s public educational venues, the Cayuga Nature Center and the Museum of the Earth. YNAP provides young people and their families/caregivers all of the benefits of a regular PRI membership plus free access to all of our ticketed events, such as Maple Fest and local Fossil Field Trips, as well as a week of free camp, as space is available.

To apply, or to learn more about this program, please visit our Y.N.A.P. page.

For questions regarding membership or scholarship status, please contact Pam Millar at