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Camp Explorations takes place at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. All Camp Explorations programs include daily experiments, hands-on activities, related games, journaling, and plenty of play! Every session is a new experience. If your child is enrolled in an all-day session, lunch is between 12:00-1:00 PM and is supervised.

2017 Camp: June 19–August 18

Price Lunch Aftercare

 $175 per AM or PM  session (except  session 3 which is  $140). 

 $130 per Little  Explorers session.

 If your child is enrolled in an all-  day session, lunch is between  12:00–1:00 PM and is  supervised

 

 Aftercare is available following all afternoon Camp  Explorations sessions. Quiet games and activities are  provided, and free play is encouraged. Relax after a long  day of fun.  

 All ages - 4:00-6:00 PM - $50 per week

 

Questions? Visit our camp FAQ's page, call (734) 647-6421 or email camp.explorations@umich.edu.

 

2017 Session Information By Week:

Little Explorers

A camp for the Museum’s littlest explorers, ages 4-5.

  • 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM
  • Price $130 per session
Week 1

 
 
Animal Explorers
Animals are amazing!  Animals will come alive with movement and music activities, exciting outdoor and indoor play, and animal art projects.
 
7/10–7/14

 
 

Week 2


 

Space Explorers (session is now full)
Blast off into space as we explore the night sky and planets.  Become an astronaut as you complete training and learn about life in space.
 

7/17–7/21


 

Week 3


 

Dinosaur Explorers (session is now full)
Calling all dinosaur lovers!  Learn how to spot a dinosaur, dig for dinosaur bones and be a paleontologist.
 

7/24–7/28


 

Week 4



 

Nature Explorers
Explore the world around you by looking at leaves, trees, rocks and other objects found in nature around the Museum.  We will make our own binoculars to help us look closely.
 

7/31–8/4



 

Week 5


 

Bug Explorers
Learn all about bugs and insects.  Discover the world where they live as you crawl, fly and wiggle through this camp.
 
8/7–8/11


 
Week 6



 
Ice Age Explorers
Learn about the creatures from the Ice Age.  You will walk on all fours like a sabertooth cat, hunt a mastodon and learn about the Bristle Mammoth that was found in Michigan!
 
8/14–8/18



 

Morning Sessions

  • Camp for ages 6-12.
  • 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM
  • Price $175 per session
  • If your child is enrolled in an all-day session, lunch is between 12:00–1:00 PM and is supervised.

 

Week 1



Archaeology Quest
Explore lost civilizations!  Dig up the pasts of ancient Greece, Rome and more.
 
6/19–6/23



Week 2


 

CSI: Ann Arbor
Solve it with science!  Run your own crime lab and use different kinds of science to crack the case!
 

6/26–6/30


 

Week 3



 

Digging Up the Past
Unearth different eras from the past from dinosaurs to lost civilizations, from fossils to Ancient Egypt, and more!

 

7/3–7/7
(No Camp on July 4)

 

Week 4



 

Outdoor Explorers
Learn how to build shelters, tie knots, purify water and track animals.  Make your own compass and then practice using it as you explore the University campus.
 

7/10–7/14



 

Week 5



 

Astronomy Adventures (session is now full)
It's an outta this world adventure!  Explore the stars, planets, galaxies and the rest of our incredible universe.  Visit the night sky in our Planetarium, learn about the life cycle of a star and launch your own "rockets."
 
7/17–7/21



 
Week 6



 
Paleontology Rocks
Can you dig it?  Travel back in time to discover the ancient world of the dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.  How were their fossils formed and what do they tell us?
 
7/24–7/28



 
Week 7



 
Natural Science Extravaganza
Experience a new natural science topic each day.  Learn about dinosaurs, space and animals all in one week!  Activities are not repeated from other sessions, so campers enrolled in other weeks will have a great time, too!
 
7/31–8/4



 
Week 8


 
Creature Features
Learn all about furry, feathery, and scaly creatures and the world we share with them.  Campers will get to meet some live animal visitors, too!
 
8/7–8/11


 
Week 9


 
Emerging Engineers (session is now full)
Begin your discovery of the field of engineering by building bridges, learning about circuits and designing a maze for a robot mouse.
 
8/14–8/18


 

Afternoon Sessions

  • Camp for ages 6-12.
  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Price $175 per session
  • If your child is enrolled in an all-day session, lunch is between 12:00–1:00 PM and is supervised.
  • Aftercare is available following all afternoon Camp Explorations sessions.  All ages - 4:00–6:00 p.m. - $50 per week.

 

Week 1




Out of this World!
Blast off into space as you build and launch a rocket, complete a physical and mental obstacle course for astronaut training, and explore space in the Museum's Planetarium.
 
6/19–6/23




Week 2




 

Dinosaur Mysteries
Solve prehistoric mysteries with paleontology!  Use your detective skills to learn about different sizes of dinosaurs, fossils and trackways.  Learn what happened to the dinosaurs, how we know and why we can still see their relatives today.
 

6/26–6/30




 

Week 3



 

Science Sampler 
Try a little bit of all the science topics!  Science sampler topics include chemistry, physics and engineering.  Activities are not repeated from other sessions, so campers enrolled in other weeks will have a great time, too!
 

7/3–7/7
(No Camp on July 4)

 

Week 4








 

Wild Adaptations
Animals can perform some wild feats!  Learn what helps them fight off predators, soar through the skies, and dive to the depths of the ocean–and even talk to some deep sea scientists from the Creep into the DEEPEND program.

(The Creep into the DEEPEND program is offered by WhaleTimes.  Campers will join marine biologists virtually as they explore the deep sea in the Gulf of Mexico.)
 

7/10–7/14








 

Week 5



 

Fun with Physics
Explore the science of motion, sound and light.  Campers will make their own kaleidoscope, build a roller coaster and learn about electricity and circuits as they build their own circuit bugs.
 
7/17–7/21



 
Week 6



 
Nature Detectives
Dig into the mysteries of nature and science first-hand.  We'll explore local nature areas and learn about some of the plants and animals you see every day, and some you don't.
 
7/24–7/28



 
Week 7



 
I Dig Archaeology
Learn the techniques and tools used by real archaeologists.  Analyze artifacts, explore Archaic campsites, and excavate artifacts on your own archaeological dig!
 
7/31–8/4



 
Week 8



 
Adventures in Chemistry
Learn all about matter with kid-friendly physical and chemical reactions.  Make your own stained "glass," build a boat powered by a chemical reaction and explore food chemistry.
 
8/7–8/11



 
Week 9



 
Best of Camp Explorations
This week celebrates the best activities from Camp Explorations.  We bring back all of the favorites from previous weeks and years.  Campers will launch rockets, build an alarm, visit the Planetarium and explore the Arb.
 
8/14–8/18



 

Neuroscience Camp

How do our brains tell our muscles how to move? Did you know that nerve cells called neurons make electrical signals that move through our bodies? Join us for this all-day camp and listen to neurons as they do their jobs. Experience what it’s like to be on the University of Michigan campus.  

A National Science Foundation grant-funded program

The Neuroscience Camp is for students interested in science who have completed 7th or 8th grade.  Campers must live within the Ypsilanti Community School District or the Scarlett Middle School attendance boundaries.  Campers will get to meet U-M scientists, visit their labs and see how they work with Drosophila flies, cockroaches and other organisms.  Campers can record live neurons, make a cockroach leg dance and even develop and try out some experiments of their own! 

When:  The camp runs from June 26–30, 2017, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.  Aftercare is available from 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Price:  $75.00 (20 camper maximum). Aftercare is an additional $25.00.

Register your child for Neuroscience Camp! 

Note: Students who participated last year are not eligible to participate this year.

Fill out a registration form and mail, fax, e-mail, or deliver completed forms to:

Mail: University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Ave., Room 1011
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079 

Fax: (734) 647-2767

Email: camp.explorations@umich.edu