The University of Rhode Island is proud to host dozens of camps and programs on a wide variety of themes for all ages. From computers, landscape architecture, engineering and sports to sailing, strings, jazz and more, a host of programs will make summer sizzle for all!

For Youth – Open new doors for summer

Alton Jones Camp

Alton Jones Camp: Located on the 2300 acre W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich, R.I., offers a big backyard for learning, exploration, adventure, and fun. Both day and overnight camps are offered for youth ages 5 to 16. Day Camp bus service is available from Providence, Warwick, West Warwick, and Kingston. Programs include:

  • Farm Day Camp – Weekly Sessions: June 26-August 14, (ages 5 – 8)
    Farm Day Camp offers children an old-fashioned country farm experience. It’s classic New England barn is surrounded by rocky pastures, lush gardens, a pristine pond, and welcoming forest trails. The farm is home to ducks, chickens, pigs, rabbits, cows, sheep, and goats. Help feed and care for the animals, collect eggs, plant seeds, and harvest fresh vegetables from the garden. There is also be hiking, songs, games, crafts, folklore, and swimming. ($240/week.)
  • Eco-Zone Day Camp – Weekly Sessions: June 26-August 14, (ages 8 – 12)
    Eco-Zone Day Camp is an adventure in ecology exploration. Get ready to make exciting discoveries and get your hands dirty in the process. With fields, meadows, forests, and miles of trails, there are many places to explore. Search our ponds and streams for insects, frogs, and fish. Go on a stream hike, swim in the lake, and learn to canoe or kayak. Stay late on Thursday for a night hike, campfire, and an optional camp out. ($250/week.)
  • Overnight Camp – Weekly Sessions: July 2-August 13, (ages 9 – 16)
    Alton Jones Overnight Camp is packed with outdoor adventures. Eight specialized programs offer a wide variety of activities. Options include paddle boarding, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, pond exploration, wilderness skills, nature arts, hiking, archery, cooking, astronomy, farming, swamp tromp, stream hike, and much more. Overnight marine exploration trips explore Mystic Aquarium and Long Island Sound or coastal Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay. Or choose a backpack adventure through the scenic Arcadia Management Area. ($625 – $790/week.)
Ocean Science Exploration Camp at the Inner Space Center

The Inner Space Center (ISC) at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett, RI, offers an Ocean Science Exploration Camp for youth ages 11-15. During this weeklong day camp, ocean explorers will engage in hands-on activities and investigations, tune into live oceanographic expeditions, meet scientists, and learn about different ocean careers. The summer 2017 session will take place June 26-30, 2017, and will focus on geological oceanography. Campers will explore the geological features and history of coastal Rhode Island. Throughout the week, campers will conduct field investigations and apply scientific techniques to sample sediments, survey beaches, and investigate how coastal RI habitats differ and may be changing. Camp cost: $495 per/camper. To learn more and/or register, please visit the camp website or contact Erin Bilbo (; (401) 874-6183. 

Computer Camp

Sign up your child (ages 8 to 15) for a week full of creative fun-filled learning at URI’s Kingston Campus Computer Camp! Each of the one-week Camp sessions has a different topic that ranges from game web-page design to python programming, and is specialized for a different ages and ability level. All sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Camps will be held weekly from early July through August. Check out our courses and how to register at

KIDSEYE Summer Filmmaking Camp

KIDSEYE!, is an intensive and fun five-day summer camp that exposes young people to the basic elements of the filmmaking process, culminating in a premiere screening of their finished work. This year’s camp will be held July 10-14, 2017 on the Kingston Campus for students ages 8 to 17. Held on the Kingston Campus, the camp is presented and run by FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival™ and is sponsored in part by URI College of Arts & Sciences, the URI Film Media Program and the Harrington School of Communication and Media.

URI Summer Music

The Music Department offers three summer camps for youth:

July 10–15, 2017, String Camp 2017, Artistic Director Emily Chen. Join us for a week of fun music making! This full day string camp is open to all students of bowed string instruments from grades 3-12 and will offer a variety of high quality music courses, including string orchestra, small chamber ensembles, music history and theory classes, interactive workshops, evening concerts and activities, and guest performances.

July 30–August 5, 2017, Chamber Music Intensive 2017, Allison Lacasse, Artistic Director. Join URI Faculty & Guest Artists for a week of woodwind, brass, and percussion chamber music! This unique and intimate camp is an opportunity to perform solo repertoire with an accompanist and chamber music with new friends.

July 23–29, The Jazz Camp at Newport sponsored by Salve Regina and the University of Rhode Island, the Jazz Camp at Newport is an exciting opportunity for students ages 14-18 to meet new people, learn from experienced music professors and discover the depths of their talent during a weeklong series of classes, rehearsals and more.

Eco-Exploration Camp

Eco-Exploration Camp is a fun, outdoor environmental education day camp. Children ages 6-11 will learn about natural history and ecology of Rhode Island through investigations and activities related to animals, plants, geology and more. Each week features a field trip to a nearby location. July camps are held at the URI Botanical Gardens on the Kingston Campus and August camps held at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence. The weekly camp will be held from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday throughout the summer.

Campus Recreation

URI’s Campus Recreation will host a number of programs this summer for participants of all ages. Recreation experts will teach everything from swimming in the water, sailing or kayaking on the water, or learning to rescue people from the water throughout the summer. Land lovers may enjoy camps for soccer, baseball, athletic performance training and a host of other programs. Visit Campus Recreation for details.

For Adults – Get Credit for Summer

Summer Session Classes

More than 4,000 people enroll in summer sessions at URI each year. There are hundreds of course selections from African American Studies to Writing, with offerings from every college of the University; including Business, Pharmacy, Engineering and Nursing.
New this year: If you are a high school junior or senior, why not spend part of your summer with us and take credit?
For more information visit online or call 401-874-2107.
Session I: May 22 to June 30
Session 2: June 26 to August 4
Session 3: May 22 to August 4

International Nonviolence Summer Institute

The University Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies presents the 18th Annual International Nonviolence Summer Institute 2017. This event prepares adults from around the world in the art of nonviolent conflict reconciliation. The institute will be held June 5-16, 2017 offering different levels of training during that time. For more information, visit online or call 401-874-2875.

Summer Institute in Digital Literacy

This six-day institute focuses on how literacy is changing as a result of emerging media and technologies, July 23–28, 2017. We’ll consider the implications of this cultural and technological shift for teaching and learning. Join us in exploring innovative approaches now being used by K-12 educators, librarians, and college and university faculty. You will learn how to conduct project-based inquiry using a variety of digital texts, tools and technologies, which will help create challenging and engaging learning opportunities for you and your students. Visit Institute in Digital Literacy for registration and more information.

Study Abroad — International Education

The University offers students the opportunity to study in 16 URI faculty led summer study abroad programs (Belize, Bermuda, Cape Verde, China, Ecuador, France, Ghana, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Spain, Peru and Tanzania). These programs are designed to allow students to earn three to six credits toward their URI or other college/university degree. These programs are open to both URI students and non-URI students, as well as both degree seeking and non-degree seeking students (including teachers, parents and other professionals). For more information and all registration deadlines, visit online or call the Office of International Education at 401-874-5546.

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