Summer Camps

Art & Nature Explorers Camp

Lead Instructor: Lynn Guenther

Monday-Friday, June 23-27, 9:00am-1:00pm | Ages 7-12 | Click here to register

$225 Museum Members | $275 General

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis camp is for kids that love art, animals, and lots of adventure. Spend the week exploring the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum and the great outdoors. We will create a nature journal to record our observations and discoveries. Enjoy writing, drawing, painting, sculpting, mapmaking, and learning about our watershed. We will use quality materials and tools to experiment and to create pieces of artwork inspired by our adventures. Our explorations will include Seabright Beach, Arana Gulch, Natural Bridges and the Museum of Natural History. The last day of class we will have a beach clean up and party. All classes meet at the Museum of Natural History except Wednesday when we’ll have a special field trip to Natural Bridges.

Junior Curator Camp

Lead Instructor: Elizabeth Evans

Tuesday-Friday, July 8-11, 9:00am-2:00pm | Ages 7-9 | Click here to register

Tuesday-Friday, July 15-18, 9:00am-2:00pm | Ages 9-12 | Click here to register

Tuesday-Friday, July 22-25, 9:00am-2:00pm | Ages 12-14 | Click here to register

$225 Museum Members | $275 General

curator campGo behind-the-scenes at the Museum to explore new and ancient artifacts, determine their value, and tell their stories in creative installations. We’ll investigate the rocks, plants, ocean, animals, and history of Santa Cruz on daily nature hikes, scavenger hunts, and explorations at nearby Seabright Beach. Working with both real museum artifacts (we have over 16,000!) and newly collected specimens, campers will learn how to curate their own unique exhibits about our local natural history. All campers will participate in an opening reception and show their work in a special exhibition this summer at the Museum.

Outdoor Adventure Camp

Lead Instructor: Pete Wampler

Monday-Friday, July 28-August 1, 9:00am – 3:00pm | Ages 9-12 | Click here to register

$325 Museum Members | $375 General

IMG_6730Dirt on your clothes, leaves in your hair, sand in your shoes – that’s what being a kid is all about! Join our Outdoor Adventure Camp and you get to do just that! Campers enjoy a full week of hiking, dipping nets in the lagoon, close observation of native wildlife, and more. We’ll explore the scenic beauty of Santa Cruz County while learning about our local natural history, playing games, and making new friends. Due to the field-based nature of this camp, drop-off and pick-up locations will vary throughout the week. If your kids love to hike, go on adventures, and investigate nature, this is the camp for them!