Each summer, Bell Museum Science Discovery Day Camps engage hundreds of children in science through authentic objects and unforgettable learning experiences. The week-long camps include hands-on, inquiry-based classroom and laboratory activities, as well as outdoor exploration and recreation.
Campers meet University scientists, take field trips to University learning centers such as the Raptor Center, Insect Museum, research greenhouses and more. Campers also get to take part in recreational activities including swim trips to the world class University Aquatic Center.
Explore all of your favorite magical subjects such as transfiguration and how animals change in appearance, experiment with magnets and learn about levitation, discover animal mimicry and plants that eat meat, and practice your hand at different chemical reactions.
Discover the fascinating adaptations that help nocturnal animals survive in a world without sunlight—including a keen sense of smell, superhero-like hearing, and night vision goggles.
Get up close and personal with Madagascar hissing cockroaches, worms, grasshoppers, beetles, ants and other interesting invertebrates. Learn about their biology and the important role they play in the natural world.
Solve engineering problems found in nature and observe how plants and animals respond to these obstacles, and discover how we use nature’s ingenuity in our designs.
Explore the life of a wildlife biologist by studying living flora and fauna, and their relationship to their environment. Learn to use field equipment and how to track animals.
From pygmy shrews to blue whales, duck-billed platypus and the spiny anteater, find out what makes some mammals unique and what characteristics they share. Explore the Bell’s dioramas to find which mammals live in Minnesota, what type of habitat they live in and what they eat.
Can you guess which animals climb glass, carry babies in their mouth or have antifreeze for blood? From salamanders to snakes, learn about the remarkable adaptations that are a part of their everyday lives.
Learn about fish biology and fish behavior through dissections, collections and observations, and discover how fish swim, why they form schools, and what they need to survive in the water.
Explore the unseen world of invertebrates. Collect insects from underground, from the water and from the air to study their biology and the role they play in balancing our world
Create various forms of art from natural materials and discover patterns and colors of nature. Learn how people used art as a form of record keeping and storytelling and develop a play illustrating a scene from nature.
Explore a variety of baby animals from cubs to fawns and pollywogs. Learn why some baby animals need to be nurtured for months, while others are ready to run, jump or fly. Also discover how they survive in the wild.
Take a rare opportunity to get up close to live owls and eagles from the Raptor Center. Explore in-depth the differences between predators and birds of prey, and dissect pellets to learn what owls eat.
Study properties of matter while designing and predicting physical and chemical reactions. Make liquid nitrogen ice cream, play with surface tension and launch pressurized air rockets.
Meet a real crime investigator and assist in solving a crime. Learn the fundamentals of identification and classification by using plant and animal evidence found at crime scenes to crack the case.
Dig deep to discover how soil is formed, what lives in it and why it is important to us. Explore Earth’s decomposers and learn how they help recycle nutrients back into the soil.
Discover the wonders of the night sky. Explore the solar system and galaxy, and see how our planet fits within the structure of the universe.
Using fossils and skulls, take a trip back in time and meet the animal ancestors that roamed the Earth 10,000 years ago such as the giant sloth, 300-pound beaver, saber tooth tiger and wooly mammoth.
Take a trip to a restored wetland, meet people who study and manage wildlife in the city, and learn how to create natural habitats that will attract animals in your backyard.
|Cost per camp||Friends of the Bell *||Non-members|
* For as little as $45 you can become a Friend of the Bell Museum and receive discounted Summer Camp pricing—one of the many benefits of becoming a Friend!
Camps may be deductible on your 2013 taxes.