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Bell Museum camps deliver science to kids in a fun and enriching environment! Individual week-long camps provide opportunities to explore specific passions or learn about new subjects.

Led by the Bell education staff, camps include hands-on activities, ExploraDome planetarium visits, outdoor exploration, activities and recreation. Campers also get to meet University scientists and take field trips! Meet our camp administrators.

Begin Online Registration: click here!

You may also call 612-624-2345 or download a registration form and submit via mail. 

Half-Day Preschool Camps

Little Scientists 9:30 am -  12:30 pm
August 10-14, ages 4 & 5

These camps allow your little one to observe, explore, and experiment with the world around them, and answer their own "Why?" questions. Campers step into the shoes of a scientist with topics like the sun, animals that live under rocks, and how plants grow!



2015 Science Discovery Day Camps

Amateur Entomologist

August 17-21, grades 4-6 completed
Explore your passion for invertebrates! Learn how to identify the different kinds—from worms to crustaceans, insects, arachnids, and beyond. Study the roles they play in rhythms of life through observation and practice your collection skills on field trips.

Amateur Ornithologist

August 24-28, grades 4-6 completed
Discover the tricks of the bird biologist's trade! Campers practice identifying birds in the field by looking at their silhouettes, knowing about habitats, identifying flight patterns, and identifying their distinct characteristics.

Art in Nature

August 10-14, grades K-1 completed — FULL
Our senses help us investigate nature's many colors, textures, patters, sounds, and scents. Campers try Gyotaku—Japanese fish printing—and make paper from scraps and natural objects. They also learn to sketch what they see! Campers host a theatrical performance or an art show at the end of the week.

August 3-7, grades K-1: Parent/Guardian Info

Backyard Chemistry

August 10-14, grades 4-6 completed
What do scrambled eggs, first-aid cold packs, and soda pop have in common? Chemistry! Spend the week testing physical and chemical reactions, discovering a substance that doesn't have a liquid state of matter, and making liquid nitrogen ice cream. 

August 3-7, grades 4-6: Parent/Guardian Info

Botany, Potions & Magical Creatures

Dig into your favorite mystical and magical subjects! Unravel how animals change in appearance, learn about levitation by experimenting with magnets, discover the mysteries behind animal mimicry and carnivorous plants, and practice different chemical reactions.

August 3-7, grades 2-3: Parent/Guardian Info

CSI: Nature Investigations

Learn about forensic science from a crime investigator and how to use nature's clue's to solver mysteries! Campers focus on collecting fingerprints, shoe and tire impressions, and trace evidence. By week's end, campers will use their skills to help crack the case.

July 27-31, grades 4-6: Parent/Guardian Info

Field Biology

Live a field biologist's life by studying living flora and fauna and their relationship to the environment. Track and observe animals using field skills like binocular use, reading a compass, keeping a logbook, safely and effectively collecting specimens, and more.

July 27-31, grades 2-3: Parent/Guardian Info

Mammals Among Us

August 17-21, grades 2-3 completed   |   August 24-28, grades K-1 completed — FULL
From pygmy shrews to blue whales and duck-billed platypuses, discover the differences and similarities between members of the class Mammalia. Explore the Bell's dioramas to see Minnesota mammals, their habitats, what they eat, and how they compare to mammals around the globe!

Nature in the City

August 10-14, grades 2-3 completed
What is nature? Can you find it in the city? Visit student-led organic farms and learn how food is grown. Find ways to help conserve the natural resources in our city. Learn how to attract native pollinators to your backyard, and help preserve habitat within an urban environment.

Observing the World as Scientists and Engineers

Explore scientific concepts through observation and experiments to understand how things work! Like engineers, they will use various materials to plan, design, test, and redesign.

July 27-31, grades K-1: Parent/Guardian Info

Scales and Slime: Reptiles and Amphibians

August 17-21, grades K-1 completed — FULL   |   August 24-28, grades 2-3 completed
Do you know which animals can climb glass, carry babies in their mouth, or have "antifreeze" in their blood? From salamanders to snakes, learn about the remarkable adaptations that are a part of the everyday lives of reptiles and amphibians.


Cost per camp Bell Members * Non-members
Full Day
$245 $265
Half-day Preschool Camp $125 $135

* Become a Bell Museum Member and receive discounted Summer Camp pricing—one of the many benefits of museum membership!

Camps may be deductible on your 2015 taxes.


The Bell Museum has scholarships available to campers who have completed preK - 6th grade thanks to the generous contributions of The Minneapolis Foundation. To apply, complete the Minneapolis Foundation/Bell Museum Scholarship Application Form. 

The Office of Higher Education offers scholarship programs for campers in grades 3-6 through their Summer Enrichment Program. To apply, complete the OHE Bell Museum Scholarship Application Form.

For information on Science Discovery Day Camps, read our frequently asked questions.