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Dates: April 6 – 10
Times: Drop-off 8:30 – 9 am | Pick-up 3 – 3:30 pm
Grades: Campers currently enrolled in K-2nd grade (5-7 years old)
Prices (includes materials and daily snacks): $295* non-members | $275 Family membership and up | Siblings get $20 off
Ratio: 15 : 2
Registration: Sign up here

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is proud to present an inspiring week of nature exploration!

Calling young explorers and scientists curious about nature! This spring, young naturalists join us on a journey to investigate the wildlife of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Coast. They spend the week exploring nearby beach, creek, and garden habitats, and learning about the wild world around us. 

Campers observe, explore, and appreciate the wonders of the natural world here in our backyard as well as in the Museum’s collection. Every day they create artwork to take home, make scientific discoveries, and most importantly creates memories, friendships, and a personal connection to the nature of Santa Cruz.  

Each of the five days will focus on a different theme that will guide a variety of art projects, science investigations, supervised explorations, and games. “Leave no trace” ethics and safety in nature will be emphasized throughout the week so that campers leave equipped with a better understanding of how to responsibly interact with the natural world.  

Join us to build connections to nature and stewardship for our world. ENROLLMENT WILL OPEN FEB 1 at 9 am. 

*We have limited scholarships to support families with demonstrated financial need. CLICK HERE to apply for a scholarship. 

Daily Schedule:

Monday: Magnificent Mammals
Main location: Museum and Tyrrell Park
Welcome to camp! The first day focuses on our furry friends – mammals like us. Campers make arts and crafts inspired by nature and make new friends while exploring the park and museum. Campers learn how animals survive by playing fun games, exploring outside, and studying the Museum’s mammal specimens up close. 

Tuesday: The Best of Birds
Main location: Museum and Tyrrell Park
Santa Cruz in the spring is an incredible place to study birds that are migrating through! Campers study birds using binoculars and do up-close examinations of nests, feathers, and more. We play bird games and have lots of feathery fun learning about the birds of Santa Cruz.

Wednesday: Only Ocean Animals
Main location: Museum, Tyrrell Park, and Seabright Beach
The ocean is the biggest and most diverse habitat on the planet! Campers visit Seabright Beach and learn about the beautiful Monterey Bay and the animals that call it home. They study whales, crabs, seals, fish, birds, plants, and other amazing ocean-dwelling neighbors. At the Museum campers make ocean-inspired art and explore the tide pool and the animals in it.

Thursday: Incredible Invertebrates
Main location: Museum and Tyrrell Park
The world is home to millions of species of animals with no backbone. From the mightiest mollusks to the most humble of hermit crabs, the world of invertebrates is truly amazing! Campers learn all about their surprising strategies for survival through close observation and hands-on exploration. We will wiggle like worms and march like ants in our studies of the incredible invertebrate world.

Friday: Really Awesome Reptiles and Amphibians
Main location: Museum and Tyrrell Park
On the final day of camp, learn all about reptiles and amphibians. Campers make reptile art and amphibian crafts and play games inspired by our scaly friends. Our day will end with a special guest who will teach us even more about reptiles. The week ends with an open house during which campers take their guests on a tour of the museum. Family are encouraged to join us for our closing story at the end of the day!


Cancellation Policy: All cancellations will incur a $15 processing fee. Cancellations at least 2 weeks before the start of camp will be refunded. Cancellations within 2 weeks of the start of camp may not be eligible for refund. If the Museum cancels camp for any reason, you will be fully refunded.

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 education@santacruzmuseum.org

CLICK HERE to view Frequently Asked Questions on our main camp page.