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About Our Camps

You can count on Science Discovery Day Camps at the Bell Museum to deliver summertime science to kids in a fun and enriching environment! Individual week-long camps provide opportunities to explore 
specific passions or learn about new subjects. All camps include hands-on, inquiry-based classroom and laboratory activities, ExploraDome planetarium visits, and outdoor exploration, activities and recreation.

Camps are led by the Bell Museum education staff. Campers have the opportunity to meet University scientists, take field trips to University learning centers such as the Raptor Center, Insect Museum, research greenhouses, and more. They’ll also take part in recreational activities including swim trips to the world class University Aquatic Center. 

NEW this year!
Half-Day Preschool Camps

Little Scientists 9:30 a.m. - Noon
June 16-20, ages 4 & 5
July 21-25, ages 4 & 5
August 18-22, ages 4 & 5
Have your little one step into the role of a scientist during this half-day preschool camp. Campers will be able to observe, explore and experiment with the world around them to answer their very own “Why?” questions. We’ll also take a look a topics such as the sun, animals that live under rocks and what causes plants to grow!


2014 Science Discovery Day Camps

Amateur Entomologist
July 21-25, grades 4-6 completed
Explore the unseen world of invertebrates. Collect insects from underground, in the water, and in the air to study their biology and the role they play in balancing our world.

Art in Nature

June 23-27, grades K-1 completed
August 18-22, grades K-1 completed

August 25-29, grades 2-3 completed

Create various forms of art from natural materials, and discover patterns and colors of nature. Learn how art was used for record keeping and 
storytelling, and produce an original play!

Baby Animals
July 21-25, grades K-1 completed
August 11-15, grades K-1 completed

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

Bird’s Eye View
August 4-8, grades K-1 completed
August 11-15, grades 2-3 completed

Take a rare opportunity to get up close to live owls and eagles from the Raptor Center. Explore the differences between predators and birds of prey, and dissect owl pellets.

Botany, Potions and Magical Creatures
June 9-13, grades 2-3 completed
June 16-20, grades 4-6 completed
August 18-22, grades 2-3 completed
August 25-29, grades 4-6 completed

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.

Chemistry in Action
July 7-11, grades 4-6 completed
Study properties of matter while designing and predicting physical and chemical reactions. Make ice cream, play with surface tension and launch Alka-Seltzer rockets.

Creepy and Incredible Invertebrates
June 9-13, grades K-1 completed
June 16-20, grades 2-3 completed

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.

CSI: Bell Museum
July 7-11, grades 2-3 completed
July 14-18, grades 4-6 completed

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.

Earth, Cosmos and Beyond
July 21-25, grades 2-3 completed
August 18-22, grades 4-6 completed

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.

Engineering in Nature
June 23-27, grades 4-6 completed
August 11-15, grades 4-6 completed

Solve engineering problems found in nature and observe how plants and animals respond to these obstacles. Also discover how we use nature’s ingenuity in our designs. 

Field Biology
July 28-August 1, grades 4-6 completed
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. 

Magnificent Mammals
July 7-11, grades K-1 completed
July 14-18, grades 2-3 completed

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. 

Mighty Earth
June 9-13, grades 4-6 completed
August 4-8, grades 2-3 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.

Reptiles and Amphibians
June 16-20, grades K-1 completed
June 23-27, grades 2-3 completed

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. 

Scientist and Work!
July 28-August 1, grades K-1 completed
August 25-29, grades K-1 completed

Do you ever wonder what scientists and engineers do? Each day campers will come up with their own questions and then take them through the scientific process. They will explore different science concepts as they make observations and perform experiments to gain a better understanding of how things work! They will also have a chance to handle different materials and see how they work together to plan, design, test and redesign with engineering.

Sunfish, Catfish, GO FISH!
July 28-August 1, grades 2-3 completed
August 4-8, grades 4-6 completed

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.

Wild at Home: Nature in the City
July 14-18, grades K-1 completed
Meet people who study and manage wildlife in the city, learn how to create natural habitats that will attract animals in your backyard, and find ways to help preserve the urban environment.


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 2014 taxes.



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