Academy Explorers Camp invites campers, ages 5-12, to learn about natural science in a safe, fun, and engaging way. Each week of camp explores an exciting new theme and features an off-site field trip! From fossils to our extreme earth to amazing animals, check out our camp themes to find the best fit for your child’s interests.
Camp Dates and Topics
Superhero Science (July 5–7)
Explore the science behind superheroes and study the animals that inspired them. Learn to bend water, use magnetism, and levitate!
Digging Dinosaurs (July 10–14)
Discover what it’s like to be a paleontologist. Create your very own dig kit, dig into dinosaur mysteries, solve paleo-puzzles, and get your hands on real fossils. Take a field trip to collect (and take home) real fossils!
Dinosaur Discovery (July 17–21)
Travel back in time to explore the world during the Mesozoic Era. Discover how the dinosaurs survived on Earth for 175 million years, design your own dinosaur feathers, and learn about the dinosaurs that are still alive today! Take a field trip to meet some live dinosaur cousins in their modern-day homes!
Animals Alive (July 24–28)
Find your new favorite animal as you get to know live reptiles, mammals, birds, amphibians, and even invertebrates during this animal-mazing week! Investigate animals from all over the world and discover how they survive in the wild. Take a field trip to meet live animals from all over the world!
Animal Antics (July 31–August 4)
Go wild and see if you can keep up with the Academy’s live animals! Befriend a parrot, help feed a tortoise, race a rat, and learn how you can help animals at the Academy and all around the world. Take a field trip to meet extraordinary live animals and the people that care for them!
Dinosaur Detectives (August 7–11)
Go on a paleo-adventure! Uncover the clues of the past using real fossils and then imagine your own unique dinosaur to display in Dinosaur Hall. Take a field trip to collect (and take home) real fossils!
Extraordinary Insects (August 14–18)
Awesome animals come in small (and spiky and wiggly and beautiful) packages! Travel the route of the Monarch butterfly, create a prehistoric dragonfly, and get up close with live Academy invertebrates! Take a field trip to find insects during the ultimate nature hike.
Dino-rama (August 21–25)
Uncover the secret lives of dinosaurs and explore the world 65 million years ago. Learn about brand new dinosaur discoveries, build a Jurassic habitat, run in our Maiasaura marathon, and play a giant game of Tic-Tac-Triceratops! Take a field trip to look even more deeply at dinosaurs and the super scientists who study them.
Outdoor Adventures (Aug. 28–Sept. 1)
Visit the food web pond, get an insect’s eye view, play a game of grass-hoppers, and create your very own mud pie. Learn that there is more to the outside than you could have ever imagined! Take a field trip to go outside and get dirty!