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Summer Camp 2014 Registration

NHMU Sixth through Eighth Camps

Summer Camp at the Natural History Museum of Utah is the perfect place for your child entering fourth or fifth grade in the fall of 2014 to explore the natural world while fostering an interest in science.

  • Full Day Sessions run from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, unless otherwise listed
  • Partner Camps for this grade range begin and end at NHMU. Transportation to field trip locations is provided.
  • Prices vary. Check individual listings. Fees for short week sessions are prorated.

Museum Members receive discounted pricing. You can review member discounts in the next step of the registration process. Learn about Membership — and join — here.

Camp registration will close the Monday prior to each camp session.

Ready to get started? Browse the available camps and click Register Now to sign up.


Art of Science | 6th-8th Grade | June 9 - 13
Partner Camp with Bad Dog Arts


This week of camp will take its cue from current research, local scientists and the connection to the science of art. Mornings will be spent with staff from Bad Dog, exploring the use of scientific principles like light, pigment, and heat within an art context. We will go for walks to collect materials and spend our morning using what we have found to create art and art materials. We’ll shift gears slightly each afternoon, investigating topics such as the importance microbes that dwell inside us as we work with scientists and visit a lab where this research is taking place. We’ll get an understanding of what it takes to curate collections by visiting with scientists and their collections here at the Museum. We’ll also to dive into nano science and DNA extraction. Camper drop off and pick up at NHMU.

Time: Full-day session, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $290 / Members receive a discount
Camper Drop Off and Pick Up Location: NHMU, 301 Wakara Way


Great Salt Lake Field School | 6th-8th Grade | June 16 - 20

Partner Camp with Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College


Ever wonder what it would be like to be a scientist at Great Salt Lake? Come help Great Salt Lake Institute faculty and college students study the Lake’s unique environment. Use your incredible observation skills to see how this salty terminal lake serves as both hotel and restaurant to over five million birds each year. Investigate brine shrimp life cycles, the salinity and pH of Great Salt Lake, and maybe even search for spiders that birds feast on for lunch! We’ll gather samples on trips to the Lake and study them in the labs at Westminster College’s Great Salt Lake Institute. The stand-up paddle boarding at the end of the week is not to be missed! Transportation to field trip locations is provided.                

Time: Full-day session, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $290 / Members receive a discount
Camper Drop Off and Pick Up Location: NHMU, 301 Wakara Way


Extreme Naturalists | 6th-8th Grade | June 23 - 27


Jim Bridger may have gotten here first, but he didn’t have a digital camera or a blog! We’re putting together a team of extreme naturalists for a modern-day expedition of discovery. Come explore the natural wonders along the Wasatch Front and document your discoveries through drawing, writing and photography while creating your own field notebook. We’ll plan our trips carefully, taking only what we can carry. Fortunately, we won’t have to walk everywhere like our explorer ancestors! Transportation to field trip locations is provided.

Time: Full-day session, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $290 / Members receive a discount
Camper Drop Off and Pick Up Location: NHMU, 301 Wakara Way


Adventure Photo and Film | 6th-8th Grade | July 7-11


Watch out Sundance! We’re unleashing a new crop of nature photographers and film geniuses! Participants will gain the knowledge necessary to take amazing pictures in nature and will also create a short video. Then walk down the red carpet at your movie’s premiere at a film festival on Friday afternoon! Take your photos and mini-movie home with you on DVD. Equipment and training provided along with transportation to field trip locations.

Time: Full-day session, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 
Fee: $290 / Members receive a discount
Camper Drop Off and Pick Up Location: NHMU, 301 Wakara Way

This session and its Wait List are full.


Ex-Splore with Us! | 6th-8th Grade | July 14 - 18


You are invited to journey with us as we explore our environment! Three days will be spent with Museum educators, uncovering the microscopic secrets of life as we extract DNA, investigate cell structures, grow bacteria, discover macro and micro inverts in water samples, and tour Museum collections. Two days will be spent with staff from Splore, canoeing the Jordan River and its surrounding area. We’ll inspect the flora and fauna and learn about this important ecosystem. Transportation to field trip locations is provided.

Time: Full-day session, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 
Fee: $290 / Members receive a discount
Camper Drop Off and Pick Up Location: NHMU, 301 Wakara Way

 This session and its Wait List are full.


Tiny Universe | 6th-8th Grade | July 21 - 23* (M-W)


Nano is science at the smallest scale! The new field of nanotechnology involves investigating and making things at the level of atoms and molecules. Join us as we take a hands-on approach to the exploration of the unseen world -- where objects often behave quite differently than those you can see with your naked eye. Collaborate with scientists and participate in nano research, experiment with nanotechnology, and discover the nano in nature.

*Short Week Session, M-W
Time
: Full-day session, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $174 / Members receive a discount 
Camper Drop Off and Pick Up Location: NHMU, 301 Wakara Way 

This session and its Wait List are full.


Archaeology 101 | 6th-8th Grade | August 4 - 8


Have you ever wanted to explore the field of Archaeology, learning the tools of the trade? Then this camp is for you! Spend the week with the Museum’s Assistant Curator of Archaeology, exploring Utah’s Fremont culture. You’ll practice excavation techniques and learn to identify and describe ceramics, stone tools, animal bone, and food fragments. Meet a variety of archaeology experts as we visit the zooarchaeology lab on campus, see a flint knapping demonstration, and find out about rock art and its symbolism. In addition, you’ll try your hand at primitive technologies such as pot coiling, throwing an atlatl, and cordage creation. Transportation to a local rock art site is included.

Time: Full-day session, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $290 / Members receive a discount
Camper Drop Off and Pick Up Location: NHMU, 301 Wakara Way

 This session and its Wait List are full.


Our Place on the Planet | 6th-8th Grade | August 11 - 15
Partner Camp with Youth Theatre


Today more than ever, every place in our world is connected to every other place. To understand the far-reaching implications of decisions, we must understand how human and natural systems connect places to each other. In line with National Geographic’s Geo-Literacy initiative, NHMU is working to create an awareness of how our choices impact not just our everyday life but the lives of future generations. Join us as we investigate the origins of everyday products, explore ideas on a micro and macro level, and become problem solvers as we create solutions to global problems. Afternoons will be spent discovering the world of drama through the lens of critical thinking, creativity and self-expression with staff from Youth Theatre. Drop off at NHMU 8:30am and pick up at Youth Theatre by 4:30. Transportation between sites is provided.

Time: Full-day session, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee: $290 / Members receive a discount
Camper Drop Off Location: NHMU, 301 Wakara Way
Camper Pick Up Location: Youth Theatre, 300 South 1240 East (University Street) 

Only two spots left! Register Now 



 

 

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