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Summer Adventure Camps


For more information, please contact us at 276-634-4185 or discover@vmnh.virginia.gov.

Summer Adventure Camp Scholarship Program
Thanks to the VMNH Foundation, the Southwestern Piedmont Master Naturalists, and the Kiwanis Club, a limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarships will provide registration for one week of camp per applicant. To be considered, please complete the scholarship request form and the camp registration form and return them to the museum by the camp registration deadline.  Forms will be available online soon.

Registration and Fees
Registration forms and payments are due in advance. Please refer to deadlines for each camp.  Forms will be available online soon.

Lunch Options
Campers can bring their own lunch or purchase lunch from the museum's Paleo Café.  Campers should bring lunch and a water bottle to day–long camps.  Forms will be available online soon.

Before and After Camp Care
Need to drop off and/or pick up your camper before or after camp hours? No worries.  Forms will be available online soon.

  • Before care: 8 – 9 a.m., $25/week
  • After care: 4 – 6 p.m., $50/week

Summer Adventure Camps:  Ages 3 to 5 with adult

Doodle Bugs!  Camp out!
Date:  June 3 - 5
Time:  9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee:  $30 members/ $35 non members
Registration deadline:  May 20

Calling all campers to join us in enjoying nature! Campers will learn about nature through hands on activities, explorations, and crafts.  Of course no camping experience can be complete without stories and singing around the (mock) campfire! Dress to get dirty!

Doodle Bugs! Change Is Coming!
Date:  June 24 - 26
Time:  9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee:$30 members/ $35 non members
Registration deadline:  June 10

Join us as we learn about life cycles. Preschoolers will discover the changes that take place in insects, animals, and plants as they engage in exploration, crafts, songs, stories, and role playing.

Doodle Bugs! Summer Splash!
Date:  July 8 - 10
Time:  9:30-11:30 a.m.
Fee:  $30 members/ $35 non members
Registration deadline:  June 24

Make a splash this summer at the Virginia Museum of Natural History! Join us as we learn about water through games, songs, stories, crafts, and fun exploration. Be prepared to get wet!

Doodle Bugs! Construction Zone!
Date:  July 22 - 24
Time:  9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee:  $30 members/ $35 non members
Registration deadline:  July 8

Enter the construction zone! Preschoolers will use their imaginations, science and math skills as they create structures using blocks and everyday items. Exploration, music, and stories will be built into this construction zone as well!

Doodle Bugs! Sense Scientists!
Date:  August 5 - 7
Time:  9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee:  $30 members/ $35 non members
Registration deadline:  July 22

Calling all scientists to join our “lab” and investigate the amazing senses! Preschoolers will investigate each of their five senses through science experiments, literacy activities, games, music and lots of fun interactive activities.


Summer Adventure Camps:  Ages 6 to 8

Who Done It?
Date:  June 1 - 5
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $95 members, $105 non-members
Registration deadline:  May 15

Mystery abounds at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Come use your sleuthing skills to find out who ate the last cookie, where did Teddy the bear travel, who stole Vinny the velociraptor, and more!

Nature Rangers
Date:  June 8 - 12
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $95 members, $105 non-members
Registration deadline:  May 22

Campers will discover the amazing plants and animals that call our backyard home as we explore the trails and natural areas around VMNH. Dress for the outdoors!

Adventure Egypt
Date:  June 15 - 19
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $95 members, $105 non-members
Registration deadline:  May 29

Campers will be transported back in time to Ancient Egypt! Construct pyramids, design your own tomb, and even race mummies in this week long voyage back in time. Just watch out for the Nile crocodiles!

Super You!
Date:  June 29 - July 3
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $95 members, $105 non-members
Registration deadline:  June 12

You don’t need super powers to be a super hero! Find out, first-hand, how nutrition, exercise, and play can help you be a health hero! Campers will experience the power of making healthy choices while having fun while they’re doing it! 

POWwow!
Date:  July 13 - 17
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $105 members, $115 non-members
Registration deadline:  June 26

Come explore the different Indian tribes of Virginia through history, legends, music, dance, creating your own totems, tipi construction, and more. Campers will even participate in an authentic Powwow!  **This camp will include an Indian-themed field trip July 14.

Camp Bug Out!
Date:  July 27 - 31
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $95 members, $105 non-members
Registration deadline:  July 10

Bugs are way cool! What’s the difference between a cockroach and a beetle? How many different types of bugs live in Virginia? How is it possible for bumble bees to fly with such tiny wings? Explore the answers to all of these questions and more at Camp Bug Out!

Build That!
Date:  August 3 - 7
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $95 members, $105 non-members
Registration deadline:  July 17

Put your imagination and curiosity to good use as we explore engineering design.  Participants will build and test a variety of projects, plus imagine and create their own contraptions!


Summer Adventure Camps:  Ages 9 to 11

Go with the Flow!
Date:  June 1 - 5
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $105 members, $115 non-members
Registration deadline:  May 15

Beat the heat at the Virginia Museum of Natural History as we explore the wonderful world of water. From water quality testing to canoeing, this camp gets wet and wild! Campers should dress to get wet!  **Field trip included.

Mad Scientists Club!
Date:  June 15 - 19
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $95 members, $105 non-members
Registration deadline:  May 29

Explore the crazy world of science through experimentation. Experiments will include investigating properties of matter, being shocked by the concept of electricity, making bottle rockets, and many other fun scientific projects!

Earth Explorations
Date:  June 29 - July 3
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $95 members/ $105 non members
Registration deadline:  June 12

Ever wonder why lava shoots out of a volcano? Why the earth shakes and rattles? Come explore the science behind earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and more through hands-on exploration!

Junior Naturalists
Date:  July 6 - 10
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $95 members/$105 non members
Registration deadline:  June 19

Back by popular demand! Campers will spend the week exploring the environment and earn Junior Naturalist Certification along the way.  Dress for outdoors!

Museum Mayhem!
Date:  July – 13 – 17
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $105 members, $115 non-members
Registration deadline:  June 29

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a museum? Campers will explore the science that goes on at the museum and experience first-hand, the stuff and ideas that go into making exhibits and displays. Campers: bring your creativity! You will make an exhibit!  **This camp will include a museum-related field trip July 14.

Junior Engineers
Date:  July 20 - 24
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $105 members, $115 non-members
Registration deadline:  July 3

Get creative as we undertake a variety of engineering challenges throughout the week! Campers will design, build, and test various structures and become a certified VMNH Junior Engineer along the way!

Forensic Detectives
Date:  July 27 - 31
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee:  $95 members, $105 non-members
Registration deadline:  July 10

Enter the world of crime scene investigation by becoming a forensic detective. Using techniques such as fingerprinting, blood splatter investigation, soil analysis and more, you can become the next crime scene investigator!

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