Camp Descriptions

Outdoor learning

Available camp dates are in parentheses below.

Pre-K camps


Little Scientists

Let your little one (ages 4 & 5) observe, explore, and experiment with the world around them, and answer their own "Why?" questions in this half-day camp. Campers step into the shoes of a scientist and take a look at topics like the sun, animals that live under rocks, and how plants grow!

K-1 camps


Baby Animals

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 run, jump, or fly right away. Also, discover how they survive in the wild.

Birds: Wings, Beaks & Feet

Find out what all birds have in common and discover some of the unique adaptations 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 world.

Invertebrates: Life Without a Backbone

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.

Junior Scientists & Engineers

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 use various materials to plan, design, test, and redesign.

Mammals Among Us

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 which mammals live in Minnesota, their habitats, what they eat, and how they compare to mammals around the globe!

Nature in the City

What is nature? Can you find nature in the city? Visit student-led organic farms and learn where our food comes from. Find ways to help conserve the natural resources in our city. Learn how to attract native pollinators to your backyard, and to help preserve habitat within an urban environment.

Scales & Slime: Reptiles & Amphibians

Can you guess which animals 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.

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2-3 camps


Art in Nature

Our senses help us investigate nature's many colors, textures, patterns, 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 the week, campers will host a theatrical performance or an art show.

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 mystery behind animal mimicry and carnivorous plants, and practice your hand at different chemical reactions!

CSI: Nature Investigations

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 and crack the case!

Earth, Cosmos & Beyond

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 our place in the universe with telescopes, rockets and visits to the ExploraDome.

Field Biology

Live a wildlife 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 binoculars, reading a compass, keeping a logbook, safely and effectively using specimen collection tools, and more.

Mighty Earth

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.

Our Climate: Weather & Climate Change

What are the forces behind the Earth's weather? What causes weather to be so diverse across the planet? How has Earth's climate changed over the course of time—how is it changing today? Spend the week exploring these questions and learning how meteorologists create forecasts.

Paleontologist at Work

Ever wonder what it was like when trilobites ruled the ocean-covered the earth, when the biggest dinosaurs roamed land, air, and sea, or when giant mammals thrived during the ice age? Roll up your sleeves this week and learn how paleontologists examine skulls, teeth, and fossils to discover the history of life on Earth.

Scales & Slime: Reptiles & Amphibians

Can you guess which animals 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.

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4-6 camps


Amateur Entomologist

Invertebrates are amazing! Learn about the different kinds—from worms to crustaceans, to insects, arachnids, and beyond. Study their biology and the roles they play in the rhythms of life by observing and collecting them in their natural habitats.

Amateur Ornithologist

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 distinct characteristics on bird bodies and in their song.

Backyard Chemistry

What do scrambled eggs, a first-aid cold pack, 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.

Botany, Potions and 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 mystery behind animal mimicry and carnivorous plants, and practice your hand at different chemical reactions!

CSI: Nature Investigations

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 and crack the case!

Earth, Cosmos and Beyond

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 our place in the universe with telescopes, rockets and visits to the ExploraDome.

Engineering in Nature

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. Wear an engineer's hat and design and test your invention!

Field Biology

Live a wildlife 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 binoculars, reading a compass, keeping a logbook, safely and effectively using specimen collection tools, and more.

Our Climate: Weather & Climate Change

What are the forces behind the Earth's weather? What causes weather to be so diverse across the planet? How has Earth's climate changed over the course of time—how is it changing today? Spend the week exploring these questions and learning how meteorologists create forecasts.

People & the Planet: Sustaining Our Future

Why should we care about the planet and its changing climate? How can we make small, yet meaningful changes in our daily lives to contribute to the planet's long-term sustainability? Dig into the science behind the answers to these questions and learn how to be respectful and responsible stewards of our local and global community.

STEAM Up!

Through creative thinking, collaboration and communication, art will be blended into the four STEM Disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Campers will participate in problem solving, conducting experiments, designing for beauty as well as for function. At the end of the week campers will exhibit their science-inspired art for family and friends.

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Costs per camp

Half-day camps: Member: $125, Non-member: $135

Day camps: Member: $245, Non-member: $265

For as little as $70 you can become a Bell Museum Member and receive discounted Summer Camp pricing—one of the many benefits of museum membership!

Note: Camps may be tax deductible.