Dave Hall (right) at hike, 2014, Dryden & Enfield programs; Rural Youth Services

Dave Hall (right) leads programs year-round for Dryden area middle school youth.

Trumansburg Afterschool program RYS/Rural Youth Services

Outdoor skills, Trumansburg/Ulysses RYS Program

Joint Youth Commission - Boynton; Rural Youth Services

After-school cooking class at Boynton Middle School through JYC

RYS During Covid 19

Our educators normally spend their time offering free in-person enrichment programs for youth in the schools.  During Spring time, they were going online via Zoom to bring some favorite  -- and NEW! -- fun and free activities to youth across Tompkins County. 

Rural Youth Services is providing summer 2020 programming, and the programs will start on July 13th. This year we will offer a combination of online and in person programming. In the online part, we will go over instructional material that will be relevant to the next day's program. RYS educators team will also be collaborating on the lead of youth programs in Dryden, Lansing, Trumansburg, Enfield, & the Town of Ithaca. They will all be together for the Zoom meetings, so that we can share our knowledge as instructors and allow our kids to interact with youth from other places in the county (at least virtually!). For the in person meetings, they will meet separately within their towns.To help ensure the safety of participants, a parent or guardian must complete a permission form for each program; a link will be provided by the educator!


RYS Summer Program offerings soft start - July 13

Each week, we plan to meet with youth on zoom from 3PM - 4PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. We will meet in person from 9AM - 1PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in separate locations.


Week 1- July 13- July 17 - Jr. Naturalists: Danby, Dryden, Enfield, Joint Youth Commission, Lansing , Trumansburg/Ulysses Youth Services

Meet with other youth as we explore nature, learn how to use field guides, create nature journals, learn awareness and survival skills and more. Bring your passion for nature and we will dig deeper into your own interests. Expect to learn plant identification, primitive fire-making, and shelter-building skills.

Life skills--Decision Making, Responsible Citizenship


Week 2 – July 20-24- Photography: Danby, Dryden, Enfield, Joint Youth Commission, Lansing , Trumansburg/Ulysses Youth Services

Students will learn basic digital photography skills, as well as some older photographic arts. We will explore some beautiful places, and take photos along the way. Students will have the opportunity to have an online gallery for family and friends on the last day. 

Life skills--Sharing, Marketable Skills


Week 3 - July 27-31- Hiking: Dave Hall/Dryden Youth Services

Come get outside as we explore local trails, discover springs and otherwise learn to travel safely when we're in the great outdoors


Week 3 – Jul 27-31 - Craft Program: Danby and JYC

Youth learn how to make several craft projects including stone carving, making hypertufa planters, wood carving and screen printing. We will also have our own paint and sip event where youth can paint their own art work! 


Week 3 – Jul 27-31 - Cardboard Boat Competition: Enfield Youth Services and Trumansburg/Ulysses Youth Services

Come join us as we design, build, and test our own boats. See who can build the biggest, or perhaps more importantly, the most buoyant vessel!

More details on the links below:

Melis – Danby Youth Services

Dave - Dryden Youth Services

Eric - Enfield Youth Services

Beth - Joint Youth Commission Youth Services

Travis - Lansing Youth Services

Ethan - Trumansburg –Ulysses Youth Services


Juliana Quaresma
Rural Youth Services Assistant Coordinator
(607) 272-2292 ext. 140

Last updated July 9, 2020