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Adventures in Science Camps

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Summer camps that introduce children in Grades 1-5 to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through hands-on investigation.

Adventures in Science summer camps foster an enthusiasm for the natural sciences, a sense of wonder, and a spirit of curiosity. Campers use inquiry and critical thinking to engage in the process of science, and every camp empowers children to ask questions, make observations, collect evidence, and draw conclusions about the world around them. 

2020 Summer Camp Registration

Registration begins January 22 at 10 am. Registration is by phone only: please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200.

Your child must be in the appropriate grade in order to participate in each program. Please enroll your child in the camp that corresponds with their grade for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see individual programs for dates, times, and cost.

Camps sell out quickly. In the event that a program is sold out, you may add your name to a wait list by calling Central Reservations at 212-769-5200.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Please note: our cancellation policy for Summer has changed. To receive a full refund, you must cancel by June 1st, 2020. If you cancel after this date, no refund will be given. To cancel your registration in any of our programs, please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200.

More Information

For more information, please email adventures@amnh.org or call 212-769-5357.

To stay up to date on new programs and registration dates, sign up for our Family Programs Newsletter.

This sheet answers frequently asked questions, and contains information about our teaching methodology:
 

Summer Camps - First Discoveries

CAMP
GRADE LEVEL
DATES & TIMES

Camp:
First Discoveries

Get a taste of hands-on learning in this introductory camp. Over four half-days, you will see the night sky through the eyes of an astronaut, follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs, immerse yourself in the music and instruments of cultures around the world, and explore the biodiversity at Earth's extremes.

 

Monday - Thursday 
June 29 - July 2
9am – 1pm

Cost: $550 (Members $525)

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Grade Level:
Grade 1

Dates & Times:
June 29, 2020 - July 2, 2020
9 am - 1 pm

Grade 1

June 29, 2020 - July 2, 2020

9 am - 1 pm

Summer Camps - Grades 2 and 3

CAMP
GRADE LEVEL
DATES & TIMES

Camp:
BioAdventures: Incredible Life

The animal kingdom displays a wealth of incredible features that help animals survive in a complex and competitive world. Explore these fascinating and sometimes strange adaptations on this tour through the tree of life.

 

Monday–Friday
July 6 - 10
9 am–4 pm

To add your name to the wait list, please call Central Reservations at (212) 769-5200.

Cost: $725 ($700 Members)

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Grade Level:
Grade 2, Grade 3

Dates & Times:
July 6, 2020 - July 10, 2020
9am – 4pm

Grade 2, Grade 3

July 6, 2020 - July 10, 2020

9am – 4pm

Camp:
Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family

T. rex once ruled the landscape, but it was not alone. Using the special exhibition as our guide, discover the diverse and wonderful tyrannosaur family that gave rise to the most fearsome predator ever to walk the Earth.

 

Monday–Friday
July 13 - 17
9 am–4 pm

 

OR

 

Monday–Friday
July 27 - 31
9 am–4 pm

To add your name to the wait list, please call Central Reservations at (212) 769-5200.

Cost: $725 ($700 Members)

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Grade Level:
Grade 2, Grade 3

Dates & Times:
Monday - Friday July 13-17 OR Monday - Friday July 27-31.
9am - 4pm

Grade 2, Grade 3

Monday - Friday July 13-17 OR Monday - Friday July 27-31

9am - 4pm

Camp:
AstroAdventures: A Trip to Space

What do we know about our neighboring planets or stars millions of light-years away? Join us as we fly through a digital simulation of the universe, and investigate nearby moons, planets, and stars.

 

Monday–Friday
July 20 - 24
9 am–4 pm

To add your name to the wait list, please call Central Reservations at (212) 769-5200.

 

In 2020, the Museum is celebrating the legacy of Charles Hayden, whose vision made the Hayden Planetarium possible and brought the universe to New York City.

Cost: $725 ($700 Members)

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Grade Level:
Grade 2, Grade 3

Dates & Times:
July 20, 2020 - July 24, 2020
9am - 4pm

Grade 2, Grade 3

July 20, 2020 - July 24, 2020

9am - 4pm

Camp:
Fieldnotes: Mary Anning

Can you imagine a time before people knew about the dinosaurs? Mary Anning described many of their relatives long before the field of paleontology existed. Explore her pioneering work, practice the field methods she relied on to discover fossils of unknown creatures, and compare animals still alive today to uncover the history of the Museum’s most popular science.

 

Monday–Friday
August 10 - 14
9 am–4 pm

To add your name to the wait list, please call Central Reservations at (212) 769-5200.

Cost: $725 ($700 Members)

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Grade Level:
Grade 2, Grade 3

Dates & Times:
August 10, 2020 - August 14, 2020
9am - 4pm

Grade 2, Grade 3

August 10, 2020 - August 14, 2020

9am - 4pm

Camp:
GeoAdventures: Forces of the Natural World

The Earth is a dynamic, sometimes unpredictable planet. Model an earthquake with shake tables, investigate the shifting plates beneath our feet, delve into man-made adaptations for living on the margins, and explore how Earth's forces have shaped our planet from the deepest ocean trenches to the highest volcanic peaks.

 

Monday–Friday
August 17 - 21
9 am–4 pm

To add your name to the wait list, please call Central Reservations at (212) 769-5200.

Cost: $725 ($700 Members)

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Grade Level:
Grade 2, Grade 3

Dates & Times:
August 17, 2020 - August 21, 2020
9 am - 4 pm

Grade 2, Grade 3

August 17, 2020 - August 21, 2020

9 am - 4 pm

Camp:
Reading the Rainbow of Color

Our understanding of color is not black and white. Explore the meaning and making of color, and the power of perception across the tree of life as it appears in our special exhibition The Nature of Color. How do animals and plants use color to survive? And what do those hues mean to humans? Play with prisms to split the spectrum, search for cultural significance, and bask in the beauty of nature’s palette.

 

Monday–Friday
August 24 - 28
9 am–4 pm

To add your name to the wait list, please call Central Reservations at (212) 769-5200.

Cost: $725 (Members $700)

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Grade Level:
Grade 2, Grade 3

Dates & Times:
August 24, 2020 - August 28, 2020
9am - 4pm

Grade 2, Grade 3

August 24, 2020 - August 28, 2020

9am - 4pm

Camp:
BioAdventures: Discovering the Deep

Journey to the depths of the oceans and find peculiar worlds. Explore the edge of ocean science and some of the new tools that scientists are developing to access areas and animals that were previously beyond our reach.

 

Monday–Friday
August 31 – September 4
9 am–4 pm

To add your name to the wait list, please call Central Reservations at (212) 769-5200.

Cost: $725 (Members $700)

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Grade Level:
Grade 2, Grade 3

Dates & Times:
August 31, 2020 - September 4, 2020
9am - 4pm

Grade 2, Grade 3

August 31, 2020 - September 4, 2020

9am - 4pm

Summer Camps - Grades 4 and 5

CAMP
GRADE LEVEL
DATES & TIMES

Camp:
Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family

T. rex once ruled the landscape, but it was not alone in its ascent. Using the special exhibition as our guide, discover the diverse and wonderful tyrannosaur family that gave rise to the most fearsome predator ever to walk the Earth.

Monday–Friday
July 6 - 10
9 am–4 pm

OR

Monday–Friday
July 20 - 24
9 am–4 pm

Cost: $725 ($700 Members)

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Grade Level:
Grade 4, Grade 5

Dates & Times:
Monday–Friday; July 6 - 10 OR July 20 - 24.
9am - 4pm

Grade 4, Grade 5

Monday–Friday; July 6 - 10 OR July 20 - 24

9am - 4pm

Camp:
Fieldnotes: Investigations

You've seen it on display at the Museum, but have you ever considered just how science works? How would you go about answering your own questions about nature? Take on the role of a Museum curator and learn how to design an investigation that helps us solve the mysteries of the world.

 

Monday–Friday
July 13 - 17
9am - 4pm

To add your name to the wait list, please call Central Reservations at (212) 769-5200.

Cost: $725 ($700 Members)

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Grade Level:
Grade 4, Grade 5

Dates & Times:
July 13, 2020 - July 17, 2020
9 am - 4 pm

Grade 4, Grade 5

July 13, 2020 - July 17, 2020

9 am - 4 pm

Camp:
BioExplorers: Constructing the Tree of Life

Every organism on Earth is related—from carnivorous plants and metamorphosing insects to fungi spores—even you! Explore biodiversity on display in the halls and use data to investigate how biologists put together and understand our tree of life.

 

Monday–Friday
July 27 - 31
9 am–4 pm

To add your name to the wait list, please call Central Reservations at (212) 769-5200.

Cost: $725 ($700 Members)

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Grade Level:
Grade 4, Grade 5

Dates & Times:
July 27, 2020 - July 31, 2020
9am – 4pm

Grade 4, Grade 5

July 27, 2020 - July 31, 2020

9am – 4pm

Camp:
GeoExplorers: Earth's Destructive Power

Earthquakes, volcanoes, and more—watch out! Have you ever wondered what causes natural disasters? Learn about the forces of nature and how people around the world cope with risks, disasters, and their aftermath.

 

Monday–Friday
August 10 - 14
9 am–4 pm

To add your name to the wait list, please call Central Reservations at (212) 769-5200.

Cost: $725 (Members $700)

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Grade Level:
Grade 4, Grade 5

Dates & Times:
August 10, 2020 - August 14, 2020
9am - 4pm

Grade 4, Grade 5

August 10, 2020 - August 14, 2020

9am - 4pm

Camp:
Reading the Rainbow of Color

Our understanding of color is not black and white. Explore the meaning and making of color, and the power of perception across the tree of life as it appears in our special exhibition The Nature of Color. How do animals and plants use color to survive? And what do those hues mean to humans? Play with prisms to split the spectrum, search for cultural significance, and bask in the beauty of nature’s palette.

 

Monday–Friday
August 17 - 21
9 am–4 pm

To add your name to the wait list, please call Central Reservations at (212) 769-5200.

Cost: $725 ($700 Members)

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Grade Level:
Grade 4, Grade 5

Dates & Times:
August 17, 2020 - August 21, 2020
9am - 4pm

Grade 4, Grade 5

August 17, 2020 - August 21, 2020

9am - 4pm

Camp:
AnthroExplorers: Our Evolutionary History

What is the secret to our success as a species? Explore clues left behind by prehistoric hominins and investigate how their early adaptations affected their survival. Together we'll decipher the differences between our species and our extinct relatives.

 

Monday–Friday
August 24 - 28
9 am–4 pm

To add your name to the wait list, please call Central Reservations at (212) 769-5200.

Cost: $725 (Members $700)

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Grade Level:
Grade 4, Grade 5

Dates & Times:
August 24, 2020 - August 28, 2020
9am - 4pm

Grade 4, Grade 5

August 24, 2020 - August 28, 2020

9am - 4pm

Camp:
AstroExplorers: Structure of the Universe

The laboratory of the astrophysicist is always in flux—it is made up of all of the exploding, moving, and emerging matter in the depths of space. Explore how astronomers gather information about stars and worlds light-years away and what that tells us about the structure of the universe.

 

Monday–Friday
August 31 – September 4
9 am–4 pm

To add your name to the wait list, please call Central Reservations at (212) 769-5200.

 

In 2020, the Museum is celebrating the legacy of Charles Hayden, whose vision made the Hayden Planetarium possible and brought the universe to New York City.

Cost: $725 ($700 Members)

Sold Out

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Grade Level:
Grade 4, Grade 5

Dates & Times:
August 31, 2020 - September 4, 2020
9am - 4pm

Grade 4, Grade 5

August 31, 2020 - September 4, 2020

9am - 4pm