Summer Camps

Scholarships are now available. If your family is in need of financial assistance with camp fees, click here to learn more.

Junior Ccurator campurator Camp

Lead Instructor: Elizabeth Evans

Available Sessions:
July 8-11
Ages 7-10 
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Go 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 Aadventure campdventure Camp

Lead Instructor: Pete Wampler

July 28-August 1
9am – 3pm
Ages 8-12
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$325 Museum Members
$375 General

Dirt 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!