DNA Learning Center

Dolan DNA Learning Center

Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Dolan DNALC building in Cold Spring Harbor

Dolan DNALC: 334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724 (Directions below)

Since its founding in 1988, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center (DNALC) has provided an environment where students and the public can learn about science by asking questions and doing experiments. The DNALC has four laboratory classrooms, one computer classroom, and a museum exhibit.

2021 DNALC Summer Camp Flyer PDF

DNALC COVID-19 Safety Net: Staff and students at In-Person camps must comply to Safety Net guidelines in place at the time of the camp. For In-Person camps:

  • The DNALC is committed to providing a safe place for hands-on science. Depending on prevailing circumstances and CDC and New York State Health Department guidelines, our COVID-19 Safety Net provides for distanced workstations, individual equipment, daily temperature monitoring, and fully vaccinated instructors.
  • View the current DNALC COVID-19 Safety Net procedures. Updates to these procedures will be incorporated as summer approaches.
  • Families will be provided revised DNALC COVID-19 Safety Net  procedures and student drop off/pick up instructions in June.

Summer Camps

June 28 – July 2
July 6 – 9*
July 12 – 16
July 19 – 23
July 26 – 30
August 2 – 6
August 9 – 13
August 16 – 20
August 23 – 27
Aug 30 – Sep 3

IN-PERSON at the Dolan DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor

WISE Fun with DNA
for Girls

*July 5-9: Camps in this week are scheduled for four days due to the Independence Day holiday;
there will be no class on Monday, July 5th.

Dolan DNALC Camps

baggie cell illustration

Fun with DNA

In-Person | Virtual Live | On-Demand

Entry-level course in DNA science; entering grades 6–7

World of Enzymes

In-Person | Virtual Live | On-Demand

Intro to enzymes in molecular biology and industry; entering grade 8 & Fun alumni entering grade 7

Green Genes


Clone a gene and make a fluorescent protein; entering grade 9 & World alumni entering grade 8

Forensic Detectives

In-Person | Virtual Live | On-Demand

Intro to conventional forensic science; entering grades 9–10

DNA Science


A course on lab techniques of recombinant DNA technology and gene cloning; entering grades 10–12

DNA Barcoding

In-Person | Virtual Live | On-Demand

Use DNA barcoding to explore biodiversity; entering grades 10–12


In-Person | Virtual Live

Intro to programming and bioinformatics; entering grades 11–12

Genome Science

In-Person | Virtual Live | On-Demand

Analyze the genetic complement of several organisms; entering grades 11–12 with advanced coursework or camp

Sequence a Genome


Generate composite sequences of mitochondrial genomes; entering grades 11–12 with advanced coursework & camp



Two-week summer research experience for minority students; entering grades 10–12

Directions to Dolan DNA Learning Center

Contact us:

  • Email:
  • Phone: (516) 367-5170
  • Fax: (516) 367-5182

Located at:

  • 334 Main Street
  • Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Mailing Address:

  • 1 Bungtown Road
  • Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724


Download Directions to Dolan DNALC

From the West:

Take the Long Island Expressway (exit 41 North) or the Northern State Parkway (exit 35 North) to Route 106 North (Jericho-Oyster Bay Road). Take 106 north to Route 25A east. Make a right onto 25A and travel east for approximately four miles. (You will pass Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on your left at Bungtown Road. DO NOT ENTER BUNGTOWN RD. ENTRANCE). Continue on 25A to the next traffic signal and bear left into the town of Cold Spring Harbor (25A is Main Street). Pass the shops in town. The Dolan DNA Learning Center is the red brick schoolhouse on the right, just past the Whaling Museum.

From the East:

Take the Long Island Expressway (exit 49 north) or the Northern State Parkway (exit 40 north) to Route to 110 North. Take 110 north to 25A west into the town of Cold Spring Harbor. Route 25A is Main Street. The Dolan DNA Learning Center is the red brick schoolhouse on the left across from the intersection of Goose Hill Road, just before the Whaling Museum.