Summer Camp: Biomimicry

Dates: July 27 – 31
Times: Drop-off 8:30 – 9 am | Pick-up 3 – 3:30 pm
Grades: Campers entering grades 5-6 (10-11 years old)
Prices (includes materials and daily snacks): $295* non-members | $275 Family membership and up | Siblings get $20 off
Ratio: 10 : 2

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!

Field trips have been modified to avoid public facilities. Campers will enjoy walking field trips to nearby parks and natural spaces to study.

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

Daily Schedule:

Monday: What Is Biomimicry?
Locations: Museum and Tyrrell Park
The first day of camp will focus on learning about the concept of biomimicry and building friendships with other campers. Kids will learn about the ways that scientists and engineers are turning to the natural world for inspiration for future technologies. Campers will be introduced to our design challenge of the week where they will work together to create solutions influenced by nature.

Tuesday: Habitats Of Urban Santa Cruz
Location: Museum, Seabright Beach, Santa Cruz Harbor, Arana Gulch
Campers will travel from Seabright Beach to Arana Gulch exploring the many different habitats to be found within a short walk of the Museum. They will learn from the many creatures that live at the beach and harbor before hiking around the nearby Arana Gulch Open Space Preserve.

Wednesday: Wonderful Wetlands
Locations: Museum and Neary Lagoon
To study similarities and differences between different habitats and plants around the world we will travel to the world famous Arboretum at the University of California Santa Cruz. The Museum will provide bus transportation to and from the field trip site. Drop-off and pick-up will occur at the normal times at the Museum.

Thursday: Wonderful Wetlands
Locations: Museum, Seabright Beach, and Santa Cruz Wharf
The ocean is our neighbor here in Santa Cruz, which gives campers a great opportunity to learn more about it and the things that call it home. We will study crabs and marine mammals and learn about their adaptations for living in their watery home. Campers will use spotting scopes and binoculars to make wildlife observations and study plankton at the museum.

Friday: Building Something New
Locations: Museum and Tyrrell Park
The lessons that campers learn throughout the week will culminate in a group project and presentation for visiting families at our Open House. Kids will think of ways that people could engineer solutions that use biomimetic designs to reduce resource use, increase energy production, build sustainably, and reduce our impact through cleaner and less wasteful living. Please join us at the end of the day for our Open House to see the amazing inventions and ideas that campers have created throughout the week!

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations will incur a $15 processing fee. We recognize the unprecedented challenges to families at this time, and are waiving our policy that cancellations within 2 weeks of camp are non-refundable. If your child must stop attendance because they or someone that they have come into contact with feels ill, you will be refunded a pro-rated amount. We do not want financial considerations to interfere with making healthy decisions for your family.  

If the Museum cancels camp before it begins, you will receive a full refund. If camp must be cancelled after beginning, you will receive a pro-rated refund.

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

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