With the Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns program, NYC children visit volunteer host families who live in rural, suburban, and small-town communities along the East Coast and Southern Canada. Participants enjoy outdoor summer experiences and can take part in year-round leadership and educational programs.


  • Cost: Free for eligible families
  • Who: New applicants: 7 – 12 years old; returning applicants: 13 – 18 years old
  • When: Multiple dates, July – August
  • Where: Towns along the East Coast and Southern Canada
  • Website: freshair.org

How to Apply

Apply online or fill out the application send it:

The Fresh Air Fund Attn: Community Outreach
633 Third Avenue, 14th Fl
New York, NY 10017

Spots fill up on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s best to send in the application, along with the supporting documents, as soon as possible.

If your child is getting special education services, in-school supportive services, or mental health or social work services in or out of school, please call 1-800-367-0003 to get an evaluation form.