Summer Adventure Camps

2020 VMNH Summer Adventure Camps

Sponsored by:  Southwestern Piedmont Virginia Master Naturalists

Join us for a summer of fun-filled learning. Full week camp rates are $120 for members/$130 non-members (extra fees may apply for some camps) and include a morning and afternoon snack, as well as activities such as take-home crafts, group projects, and experiments.  Preschool camps are $40 for members/$45 non-members (an adult must stay with the child).  All camps are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., with the exception of our Pre-K camps which are Monday - Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Full week campers should bring a packed lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

To register for camp, please download the following forms and mail to VMNH, Education, 21 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, VA  24112 :  Permission Form (required), Unscheduled After Care Policy (required), Before and After Care Form (if needed). If requesting a scholarship and you meet the requirements on the back of the form, please download the following:  Scholarship Form.  To request more information, please e–mail, or call 276-634-4185.


Ages 3 - 5 (with an adult)

Lil' Naturalists

June 29 - July 1    

You are never too young to start exploring nature.  Join us as we explore the plants and animals that call our backyard home around VMNH. 

egistration deadline:  June 15

Grow As We Go

August 3 - 5 

Let's grow our curiosity and knowledge of science with activities and crafts to stimulate learning and create mementos of the experience!

Registration deadline:  July 20


Ages 6 - 8

Safari Adventures

June 1 - 5    

Let's swing into an adventure and explore the lives, habitats and conservation of animals around the world. Campers will experience exciting hands-on activities, lessons, and craft projects while learning about animals.
*There is an extra $10 fee for a field trip.

egistration deadline:  May 18

Weird Science

June 15 - 19   

Let’s get messy!  Campers will have a week filled with icky, sticky, slimy, and gooey fun experiments. Dress for the mess!

egistration deadline:  June 1

Ocean Exploration

July 6 - 10   

Dive in and become a marine biologist as we explore far into the deep blue sea! Scientists have only been able to study a small percentage of our oceans, so there’s much to be discovered! Campers will enjoy crafts, games, and experiments!
*A field trip is planned for Tuesday to a local park - no charge.

Registration deadline:  June 22

Dino Roar

July 20 - 24   

Dino roar, dino stomp!  Travel back in time to when the dinosaurs ruled the world. Campers who attend this camp will gain free entry to the museum’s Dino Festival July 24-25.

egistration deadline:  July 6

Busy Bugs

August 3 - 7   

Want to know what it really takes to survive like a bug? Campers will have the opportunity to get hands on with real bugs! Learn all about these tiny creatures by observing behaviors, making crafts, playing games and other hands on activities!
*There is an extra $10 fee for a field trip.

Registration deadline:  July 20


Ages 9 - 11

Explosive Experiments

June 8 - 12   

Grab your goggles and lab coats and get ready to make a mess! Campers will become scientists as they answer questions about the world around them through experimenting! Create mixtures, explore chemical reactions, and learn about lab safety! Dress to get messy.

egistration deadline:  May 25

Brilliant Builders

June 22 - 26  

Campers will be challenged with hands-on explorations as they engage in imagining, designing, constructing, inventing, testing, observing, and learning. This camp provides a great way to spark enthusiasm in engineering and technology in the next generation of problem-solvers!

egistration deadline:  June 8

Junior Naturalists

July 13 - 17 

Become a Junior Naturalist! Get outside and explore, be active, make new friends and have fun in the outdoors! Activities include nature exploration, games, and crafts. Participants spend most of the day outside and are encouraged to explore their natural curiosity for the environment.

Registration deadline:  June 29

Get Up, Get Active

July 27 - 31 

Awaken your child’s love for being active, enhance their cognitive skills and promote working in teams. Your child will learn different skills from different sports and learn about nutrition through interactive activities. Campers will explore different physical activities that will test their coordination, improve their balance, increase their endurance and show them that fitness is fun!

Registration deadline:  July 13

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