Camps that connect kids to nature!
Through exploration, experimentation, and experiences outdoors the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History hopes to inspire future scientists. Join us to discover a passion for nature, learning, and community. All Nature Explorers camps connect campers to their environment in fun and exciting ways that engage their natural sense of curiosity while supporting academic success.
Can you Dig it?
Entering grades K-2
Unearth the fossils, rocks and ancient history of Santa Cruz! Campers will spend a week exploring the many surprising things you can learn from digging in the ground. They will build friendships while investigating artifacts, studying fossils, playing games, and building awesome crafts!
Session 1: July 8 – 12 FULL – Space is still available for scholarship applicants.
Session 2: July 15 – 19 FULL – Space is still available for scholarship applicants.
(Sessions are the same) CLICK HERE for more information and to enroll.
Art and Science in Nature
Entering grades 3-4
Calling young artists and scientists curious about nature! This summer, young explorers will join us on a journey to investigate symmetries, patterns and curiosities in the natural world. They will spend the week exploring nearby beach, creek and garden habitats, then making art inspired by their discoveries.
July 22 – 26 FULL
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Entering grades 5-6
Explore sustainable solutions by finding inspiration in nature! Campers will spend the week navigating challenges and engineering solutions that promote sustainable living. We’ll build connections to nature and practice stewardship for our future!
July 29 – August 2
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Camp Scholarships The Scholarship Fund is made possible by generous donations by members of the community. We hope to reduce barriers to enriching experiences such as our science camps for families in our community who would otherwise not be able to afford such opportunities. CLICK HERE to apply for a camp scholarship. Frequently Asked Questions
- What should my camper bring every day? Please send your camper with: LUNCH, layers, clothes that can get dirty during exploration, sturdy closed-toe shoes (no flip flops!), water bottle, hat/sun protection, medicine (see below). Please label your camper’s belongings so we can help them keep track of their things.
- Does the Museum provide lunch? The Museum DOES NOT provide lunch. We will offer a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack. Please provide a snack if your child prefers something specific.
- Should my camper bring medicine? If your camper needs to take medication during the day, please make sure that they have it with them including instructions that they can follow. Alert staff that your child has these. The Museum does not provide or administer medication of any kind.
- What if my camper has allergies? Please indicate your camper’s allergies and their severity (touch, inhalation, ingestion) upon registration. Include in your child’s daily pack any emergency medication as needed (anti-histamine, epi-pen, etc.) with clear instructions detailing symptoms and your preferred plan of action and doctor’s contact information. We may ask that all campers and staff restrict what they bring to camp if we find that we are unable to otherwise provide a safe environment according to the severity of a camper’s allergy.
- How will campers get to the field trip sites? Spring camp field trips are all within walking distance. The Museum will provide safe transportation to each site for other camps. We are fully insured to transport students and our instructors have impeccable driving records. Campers will wear seat belts at all times.
- Who are the camp staff? This camp has been developed by the Museum’s education team. This includes Education Manager, Felicia Van Stolk, who has a decade of experience leading and managing educational programs, including science camps. The lead instructor is an experienced educator, camp leader, and environmental scientist. He is accompanied by other education staff and volunteers. All staff and volunteers have passed background checks. Staff are all CPR and First Aid certified.
- Is there a Scholarship Fund? Yes! We welcome donations to support the scholarship fund. We offer full and partial scholarships to support families with demonstrated financial need. CLICK HERE to apply for a scholarship.
Your feedback about the website, registration system, and camp are greatly appreciated. The Museum’s education staff has years of experience in environmental education, outdoor learning, and running camps at various outfits across the state and are eager to share their passion for the environment with your family. Feel free to share your thoughts, concerns, or questions with firstname.lastname@example.org The artwork on this page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.