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Summer Camp

Even though the Museum is closed, your child can still enjoy our summer camp!

The Museum is offering a limited selection of summer camps this year. Camp sessions take place at the Ruthven Museums Building with walking field trips to other campus and offsite locations.

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 p.m. and is supervised.

2018 Summer Camp: June 18-August 3

Price Lunch Aftercare

$185/morning session*

$175/afternoon session*

*For Neuroscience Camp please consult Neuroscience Camp Fees

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

Aftercare is available following all afternoon Camp Explorations sessions.

Aftercare $50/week*

*For Neuroscience Camp please consult Neuroscience Camp Fees

 

Registration going on now!

 

Completed Grades K-2

For students who have completed Kindergarten, first or second grade

Morning Sessions 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

  • Sensational Science, June 18-22
    • Sample a variety of science topics! Science topics include chemistry, physics, engineering, and more! Campers will experiment with concoctions that bubble and fizz, learn about size with nano-sized experiments, and build their own catapult. 
       
  • Archaeology Quest, July 9-13
    • Learn the techniques and tools used by real archaeologists. Analyze artifacts, explore Archaic campsites, and excavate artifacts on your own archaeological dig! Explore lost civilizations when you dig up the pasts of ancient Greece, Rome and more. 
       
  • Birds and Dinosaurs, July 23-27
    • Do you love dinosaurs and birds?  Then this camp session is for you! Learn all about kinds of dinosaurs and see some of the Museum’s fossils.  Campers will also learn about birds and their relation to dinosaurs and discover some of the animals we see in Michigan today.

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

Afternoon Sessions 1:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Creature Features, June 18-22
    • Learn all about furry, feathery, and scaly creatures and the world we share with them. Search for animal signs at the University’s Arboretum. Campers will get to meet some live animal visitors, too!
       
  • Digging Up Dinosaurs, July 9-13
    • Use your detective skills to learn about different kinds of dinosaurs, fossils and trackways. Dig for dinosaur fossils and other prehistoric creatures. Learn what happened to the dinosaurs, how we know and why we can still see their relatives today.
       
  • Astronomy Adventures, July 23-27
    • Shimmering stars, glistening galaxies, and other mysteries of the Universe await you. Learn about the the constellations, visit the solar system and launch your own “rockets.” It’s an out of this world adventure!

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

Aftercare 4:00-6:00 p.m.

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.

 

Completed Grades 3-5

For students who have completed third, fourth or fifth grade.

Morning Sessions 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

  • Fun with Physics, June 25-29
    • Explore the science of motion, sound and light. Campers will design and build a roller coaster, learn about flight and build their own flying device, and learn about the science behind optical illusions. 
       
  • I Dig Archaeology, July 16-20
    • Learn the techniques and tools used by real archaeologists. Analyze artifacts, explore Archaic campsites, and excavate artifacts on your own archaeological dig! Explore lost civilizations! Dig up the pasts of ancient Greece, Rome, and more. 
       
  • CSI: Ann Arbor, July 30-August 3
    • Solve it with science! Search the crime scene for evidence just like the pros. Evaluate the fingerprints, fibers and other evidence in your own crime lab, question the suspects and use different kinds of science to crack the case! 

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

Afternoon Sessions 1:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Emerging Engineers, June 25-29
    • Begin your discovery of the field of engineering by building bridges, building your own sculpture circuits, and designing a maze for a robot bug.
       
  • Paleontology Rocks, July 16-20
    • 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? Become a paleontologist as you learn about the tools paleontologists use and study real fossils. 
       
  • Wild Adaptations, July 30-August 3
    • Animals can perform some wild feats and plants can be mystifying! Learn what helps animals fight off predators, soar through the skies, and dive to the depths of the ocean. Investigate carnivorous plants and how plant seeds travel. Participate in the camp’s Animal and Plant Olympics at the end of the week! 

Aftercare 4:00-6:00 p.m.

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.

 

Neuroscience Camp

For students who have completed sixth and seventh grade

June 18-22, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

 

 

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 an 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. 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: June 18-22, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Cost: $400

Scholarships available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at their school or are part of a district that has community eligibility for free lunch. The scholarship covers $350 of the camp fee and the fee for before and aftercare is waived. To apply for a scholarship, please provide a letter from the school showing your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch at their school.

Before Camp Care and After Camp Care is also available for a nominal fee.

  • Before Camp Care: 8:00-9:00 a.m., $20/week
  • After Camp Care: 4:00-6:00 p.m., $40/week
  • Register for both Before and After Camp Care, $50/week

This camp is supported by the National Science Foundation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions? Call (734) 647-6421 or email camp.explorations@umich.edu.