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About Our Camps

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 Museum education staff, camps include hands-on activities, ExploraDome planetarium visits, and outdoor exploration, activities and recreation. Campers have the opportunity to meet University scientists and take field trips!

Half-Day Preschool Camps

Little Scientists 9:30 a.m. -  12:30 p.m.
June 22-26, ages 4 & 5,
July 13-17, ages 4 & 5,
August 10-14, ages 4 & 5

These half-day camps allow your little one to observe, explore, and experiment with the world around them, and answer their very one "Why?" questions. Campers will step into the shoes of a scientist and explore 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, to insects, arachnids, and beyond. Study the roles they play in rhythms of life by observing them, then 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 will practice identifying birds in the field by looking at their silhouettes, knowing what kinds of habitats certain birds live in, identifying different flight patterns, and identifying district characteristics on bird bodies.

Art in Nature
July 6-10, grades 2-3 completed
August 3-7, grades K-1 completed
August 10-14, grades K-1 completed
Our senses help us investigate nature's many colors, textures, patters, sounds, and scents. Campers will try their hand at Gyotaku- Japanese fish printing- and making paper from scraps and natural objects. They will learn to sketch out what they see! At the end of each week, campers will host a theatrical performance or an art show.

Baby Animals
June 8-12, grades K-1 completed
June 15-19, grades K-1 completed

From cubs to fawns to pollywogs- explore the world of baby animals! Learn why some need to be nurtured for months, while others are ready to fun, jump, or fly right away. Also, discover how they survive in the wild.

Backyard Chemistry
August 3-7, grades 4-6 completed
August 10-14, grades 4-6 completed
What do scrambled eggs, a first-aid cold pack, and a 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 ice cream with the help of liquid nitrogen.

Birds: Wings, Beaks and Feet
July 6-10, grades K-1 completed
July 13-17, grades 2-3 completed
Find out what all birds have in common and discover some of the unique adaptions that help them survive in extreme environments. Campers will go on field hikes to test their ability to hear different bird sounds, and practice finding birds in our urban surroundings.

Botany, Potions and Magical Creatures
July 6-10, grades 4-6 completed
July 20-24, grades 4-6 completed
August 3-7, grades 2-3 completed

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 your hand at different chemical reactions.

CSI: Nature Investigations
July 20-24, grades 2-3 completed
July 27-31, grades 4-6 completed
Meet a crime investigator and learn about forensic science. Campers will focus on evidence collection like fingerprints, shoe and tire impressions, and trace evidence. Learn to use nature's clues to help solve mysteries! By week's end, campers will use these skills to help crack the case.

Earth, Cosmos and Beyond
June 22-26, grades 2-3 completed
July 13-17, grades 4-6 completed
What are stars made of and how do they burn? Are there other solar systems out there? And what can invisible light show us about the universe in which we live? From space travel to black holes, we'll investigate out place in the universe with telescopes, rockets, and visits to the ExploraDome.

Engineering in Nature
June 15-19, grades 4-6 completed
Inventions like Velcro and bullet trains have their origin in nature. Campers will explore how plants and animals use engineering to respond to obstacles, and learn how humans use nature's ingenuity to solve problems. Put on your engineering hat and design and test your invention!

Field Biology
June 8-12, grades 4-6 completed
July 27-31, grades 2-3 completed
Live a field biologist's life by studying living flora and fauna, and their relationship to the environment. Learn how to track and observe animals using field skills like binocular use, reading a compass, keeping a logbook, safely and effectively using specimen collection tools, and more.

Life Without a Backbone: Invertebrates
June 15-19, grades 2-3 completed
June 22-16 grades K-1 completed
Get up close and personal with Madagascar hissing cockroaches and other insects, worms, hermit crabs, arachnids, and other incredible invertebrates. Learn about their biology and the important role they play in the natural world.

Mammals Among Us
August 17-21, grades 2-3 completed
August 24-28, grades K-1 completed

From pygmy shrews to blue whales, duck-billed platypuses to spiny anteaters, discover the differences and similarities between members of the class Mammalia. Explore the Bell's dioramas to find mammals that live in Minnesota, their habitats, where they eat, and how they compare to mammals around the globe!

Mighty Earth
June 8-12, grades 2-3 completed
June 22-26, grades 4-6 completed
We live on an ever-changing planet, one that is mighty! Spend the week investigating Earth's geological processes and natural disasters including volcanoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes.

Nature in the City
July 13-17, grades K-1 completed
August 10-14, grades 2-3 completed
What is nature? Can you find nature 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
July 20-24, grades K-1 completed
July 27-31, grades K-1 completed

What do scientists and engineers do? Each day campers will use scientific and engineering processes to solve a problem or answer a question. They will explore scientific concepts as they observe and experiment to understand how things work! Like engineers, they will use various materials to plan, design, test, and redesign.

Scales and Slime: Reptiles and Amphibians
August 17-21, grades K-1 completed
August 24-28, grades 2-3 completed
Can you guess 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

* For as little as $45 you can 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.



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