“Look deep into nature and then you will better understand everything.” – Albert EinsteinSTEM

In addition to our STEM Summer Camps and special STEM days at the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Day Camp and Outdoor Center, we now offer STEM programs in collaboration with the CT STEM Academy located at 91 Main Street in South Meriden.

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Calling all engineers! Put your creativity and building skills to the test in this fun, competition based program. Students will participate in a daily engineering challenge that works on design, testing, evaluating, teamwork, leadership, and much more!

  • 2018 Spring II Session: 4/25, 5/2, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6
  • Day/Time: Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Ages: For students in Grade 2
  • Fee: $40 for 7 week session
  • Location: CT STEM Academy, 91 Main Street, Meriden


Explore a different side of STEM with this new program. Students who join will have the chance to see how the properties of substances can make for exciting projects; some projects might include slime, foam dough, and lava lamps.

  • 2018 Spring Session II: 4/25, 5/2, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6
  • Day/Time: Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Fee: $40 for 7 weeks
  • Location: CT STEM Academy, 91 Main Street, Meriden


Get ready to blast off with this exciting program! Students will have the opportunity to build small rockets from household materials that they can launch at home, eventually building up to a well-designed rocket that will be launched from our own high pressure air compressor. Students with a knack for engineering and design should consider this course in basic rocketry.

  • Spring II Session: 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11
    (No class Memorial Day)
  • Day/Time: Mondays 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mountain Mist Day Camp, Lower Pavilion
  • Fee: $50
  • Ages 9 - 12


Students will participate in fun, interactive experiments and learn the chemistry behind it all. Sugar crystals, slime and baking soda powered boats are just some of the fun projects. Join us for our new chemistry program.

  • Spring II Session: 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4
  • Day/Time: Mondays 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: South Meriden STEM Classroom, 91 Main Street, Meriden
  • Fee: $40
  • Ages 9 - 12


Get your hands dirty with STEM! Students will take part in hands on activities to learn the basics of fruit and vegetable nutrition, pollination, plant science, and more. Students will plant their own seeds and take their plants home at the end of the program.

  • Spring II Session: 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9
  • Day/Time: Saturdays 9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Mountain Mist Day Camp, Lower Pavilion
  • Fee: $50
  • Ages 9 - 12



No need to miss out on STEM fun when the school year ends. Join us at Mountain Mist Day Camp where you can enjoy STEM camps in the morning and traditional camp activities in the afternoon. 

Our 2018 STEM camps include Nature Science Camp, Rocketry and Flight Camp, STEM Maker Camp, Engineering Camp, and STEM is All Around Us Camp.  Visit our STEM Camps page to learn more.

STEM programs at the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Outdoor Center

Our STEM offerings at Mountain Mist include STEM Science Saturday programs in our science classroom, and summer STEM camps.

To read an article about one of the Meriden YMCA STEM Academy summer science programs click here.

The Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Outdoor Center has been a flourishing summer day camp for over thirty years. For several years, the outdoor center has been offering adventure learning opportunities with low ropes courses, high ropes courses, and team building activities.

In 2009, the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Day Camp began to make a shift towards science enrichment opportunities. These enrichment opportunities have been offered through the Messy Lab Science Program, Space Camp, Nature Science Camp and the Young Scientists program (beginning in January 2012).

In July 2011, the Meriden YMCA was awarded a NASA Summer of Innovation Grant for its innovative approach to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education. As a result of these steps, Mountain Mist Outdoor Center has committed to offering science education programming for school age students during the school year. These science offerings, combined with the existing team building and ropes course educational offerings, are known as the Meriden YMCA STEM Academy at the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Outdoor Center.

In the spring of 2012, the Meriden YMCA began offering full day programs for local students called Science Saturdays for local school groups. A Science Saturday offering will include a pre-planning survey, pre-planning session with the Meriden YMCA Operations Director and the Science Education Director, and a debriefing session with the Meriden YMCA Operations Director and Science Education Director.

Our Facility

The Meriden YMCA STEM Academy at the Mountain Mist Outdoor Center is conveniently located in central Connecticut along the border of Wallingford and Middlefield, off Route 66 (East Main Street in Meriden, CT). The facility includes:

  • 66 acres of nature
  • The CAT (50 foot climbing tower)
  • Two Rock Walls
  • Ten Low Rope Challenge Course Elements
  • One Large Swimming Pool
  • Large Pavilion
  • Small Pavilion

Science Education Classroom

Our Staff
Our staff includes a group of highly trained professionals that have the following requirements:

  • College Education and/or Related Experience
  • Camp Experience (not necessarily at Mountain Mist)
  • Specialty that can be taught in a class setting
  • (Science interest in rocks, social studies interest in American Revolution, artistic, musical)
  • People skills and kid friendly
  • In addition, our staff includes certified ropes course facilitators for Mountain Mist’s low and high ropes course elements.

To learn more about the curriculum and what a typical day is like at the STEM Academy, contact Chris Stone or Carolyn Daniels.

Carolyn Daniels, Arts and Education Director, Meriden YMCA t 203-235-6386 or

Christopher Stone, Science Education Director, Meriden YMCA at 203-314-7865 or


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