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: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 health surveys, and fully vaccinated instructors. Staff and students at in-person camps must comply to Safety Net guidelines in place at the time of the camp.

View the current DNALC COVID-19 Safety Net procedures.Updates to these procedures have been incorporated for summer 2021. Please be aware of the following important revisions:

  1. Camp attendees must be either fully vaccinated OR receive a negative COVID-19 test result within 5 days of the start of camp. Parents/Guardians must provide EITHER proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (defined as two weeks after the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccination or two weeks after the second shot of the two-shot Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test (rapid or PCR) performed within 5 days of the start of camp.
    Proof of vaccination or COVID-19 negative test can be shared with the DNALC by uploading an image of the document through a link that will be emailed the week before camp, any time before or by 8:00 PM on the Sunday prior to the camp start. The link to upload the vaccination/negative test document can also be found under "My Account" when signed in to the Parent/Guardian camp portal.
    If one of these documents is not received before the first morning of camp, your child will not be allowed to participate.
  2. DNALC staff vaccination policy: For the safety of our visitors, we now require that ALL employees of the DNALC be fully vaccinated (as defined above) for COVID-19.
  3. Drop-off and pick-up: Some camp drop-off and pick up times have been modified to allow for staggering of class cohorts as they enter and exit the building. As a result, some camp hours have shifted by 30 minutes. [See detailed Daily Schedules]
  4. Parent Days: Due to occupancy limits in classrooms, Parent Day will be held LIVE on Zoom. On Day 4 of each middle school camp – Fun with DNAWorld of Enzymes, Green Genes, and Forensic Detectives – campers will remain in class, and families will be provided a Zoom link to view class presentations from home, work, or any convenient location with Internet access! [See detailed Daily Schedules]

2021 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

CAMP FULL Fun with DNA
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CAMP FULL Fun with DNA
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CAMP FULL World of Enzymes
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CAMP FULL Fun with DNA
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WISE Fun with DNA for Girls
CAMP FULL Fun with DNA
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CAMP FULL World of Enzymes
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CAMP FULL World of Enzymes*
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CAMP FULL Green Genes
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CAMP FULL Green Genes
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CAMP FULL Forensic Detectives
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CAMP FULL World of Enzymes
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CAMP FULL Forensic Detectives
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CAMP FULL Green Genes
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CAMP FULL Forensic Detectives*
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CAMP FULL Forensic Detectives
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DNA Science

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Genome Science
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DNA Science

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Green Genes
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DNA Barcoding
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DNA Science

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

Dolan DNALC Camps

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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

In-Person

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

In-Person

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

BioCoding

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

In-Person

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

STARS STEM Program

In-Person

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

Directions

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.