Students examine plants in a lab

In-person camps

Summer adventures for the budding scientist in your life

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In-person camps are now full. Please call U of M Tickets to check on the availability of waitlists: 612-624-2345 M–F, noon–5 pm.

In-person camps are a two-week long session for children entering grades 1–2, 3–4, or 5-6 in the 2021–22 school year. Each camp has a maximum of 10 children and school grade categories are designed to ensure the best academic and social experience for all campers.

Camp Hours: 9am to 4pm
Drop off: 8:30–9 am & Pick up: 4–4:30 pm

Bell Museum camps will be following strict COVID-19 safety protocols, including keeping campers in designated pods. For that reason we are limiting camp registration to one 2-week session per child this summer. Please choose the one session that works best for you. There will be no exceptions.

Learn more about the steps we are taking to follow safety procedures here.

 

Camp Dates

June 14-June 25

Grades 1–2: Water Ways / Ready, Set, Lift-Off
Grades 3–4: Eco-exploration / Star Stuff
Grades 5–6: Nature Investigation / Aerospace Engineering

June 28-July 9

Grades 1–2: Art (x) Science / Ready, Set, Lift-Off
Grades 1–2: Art (x) Science / Ready, Set, Lift-Off
Grades 3–4: Eco-exploration / Star Stuff

July 12-July 23

Grades 1–2: Farm Foodies / Ready, Set, Lift-Off
Grades 1–2: Farm Foodies / Ready, Set, Lift-Off
Grades 5–6: Nature Investigation / Aerospace Engineering

July 26-August 6

Grades 1–2 – Water Ways / Ready, Set, Lift-Off
Grades 3–4 – Weather or Not / Star Stuff
Grades 3–4 – Weather or Not / Star Stuff

August 9-August 20

Grades 1–2: Art (x) Science / Ready, Set, Lift-Off
Grades 3–4: Eco-exploration / Star Stuff
Grades 5–6: Duck, Duck, Loon / Aerospace Engineering

Camp Descriptions

Single water droplet splashing


Water Ways (Grades 1–2):
It’s hard to think about Minnesota without thinking about water. Dive into the scientific studies of chemistry, biology, and physics to conduct experiments and learn more about the state’s most important natural resource. Learn how native plants and animals use water for more than just drinking and how we can too.

 

 

a rocket ship launching
Ready Set, Lift-Off (Grades 1–2):
”Travel” into outer space to explore the Sun, visit each unique planet, and zoom past millions of asteroids, comets, and meteoroids in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. See how astronauts live and work aboard the International Space Station. We may even bring out our sun telescope and try to spot solar flares or sunspots. This week will be full of astronomy and space exploration!

 

 

Geometric patterned quilt
Art x Science (Grades 1–2):
Come with us as we go full STEAM ahead to explore how math and science concepts are used in art. Tap into your creativity through projects like geometric quilting, tangrams, painting with oil and salt, creating crystals, and engineering with mini marshmallows and toothpicks. Each week we will work with a visiting artist, and bring home your own masterpieces.

 

 

Hands planting seeds
Farm Foodies (Grades 1–2):
Take a journey to discover the origins of everyday foods and follow the various paths food can take from the farm to your plate. We’ll see how different people are connected to food, discover what a food scientist does, and put your science skills to use as we experiment and explore.

 

 

Waterfall

 

Eco-Exploration (Grades 3–4): Get “down and dirty” as we conduct studies of our surrounding ecosystems through invertebrate investigations, pond sampling, and environmental explorations. Build your science skills using field tools and guidebooks in order to track, observe, and identify local plants and animals.

 

 

Milky way


Star Stuff (Grades 3–4):
From space travel to black holes, investigate our place in the universe with the help of rockets and telescopes. Explore Earth, the cosmos, and beyond, discover the power behind invisible light, and learn how to safely view our Sun with a telescope. We will also explore the challenges of space travel, how to build rockets, how we might discover life on other planets, and the oddities of the universe.

 

 

weather vane with arrow pointing west
Weather or Not (Grades 3–4):
Become a weather scientist as you study earthquakes, blizzards, volcanoes, tsunamis, and more in this wild camp. Learn how weather has changed life on our planet over and over again and how the ecosystems have responded. Explore how scientists gather information about our changing climate and create their own weather measuring devices.

 

 

Animal skull
Nature Investigations (Grades 5–6):
The universe is full of mysteries! Each day there’s a new problem to be solved, and you will use investigative skills and techniques to come up with solutions. Engineer creative ways to gather data for research, puzzle out how bones fit together, identify invasive plant and animal species and how they affect the ecosystems, explore the Bell Museum’s research collections, and piece together evolution by examining species from hundreds of years ago.

 

 

Satellite above earth
Aerospace Engineering (Grades 5–6):
Dive into the final frontier of space exploration and learn about rocketry, lunar module design, rovers and more. In the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, campers will gain insight into exactly what it takes to send satellites, rovers, and humans into space. We’ll also learn about current missions and have opportunities to engineer a spacecraft and develop solutions to problems today’s aerospace engineers face.

 

 

Loon in a lake
Duck, Duck, Loon (Grades 5–6):
There is a lot more to our state than just 10,000 lakes. Explore the state’s unique geology, study native plants and animals, and see what Minnesota looked like during the last ice age. We will also take this opportunity to learn about the rich historical and cultural heritage of Minnesota’s Dakota people.

 

Pricing

Become a member! On top of camp savings, all Bell Museum members receive unlimited free admission to the galleries and special exhibits, exclusive discounts, members-only events and activities, and more! Learn more about all of our membership levels and benefits.

In-person Camp
$750 ($690 Bell members) per 2-week session

Registration

Once you’ve selected your camps, register online here or by calling 612-624-2345  (12 pm–5 pm, Monday–Friday). Fill out one registration per child. Please note that only one two-week camp session per child should be selected. 

Have the following info ready!

  • Camper name, birth date, age, special needs, medications and allergies
  • Primary and secondary contact name, address, email, phone number
  • An additional emergency contact name and phone number

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Refunds and cancellations
Registrations are partially refundable. If you wish to withdraw from a camp after registering, you must do so at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp in order to receive a partial refund of the registration fee. $40 of the registration fee is considered a non-refundable deposit. No refunds will be given if a cancellation is made within the two weeks before the first day of camp.

If for any reason the Bell Museum cancels your camp, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee or the opportunity to transfer to another camp if space is available.

If your child or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19 or isn’t feeling well immediately prior to your camp date, please email bellcamps@umn.edu for questions about cancellations.

Camper accomodations
We greatly appreciate any information, suggestions or tips you would like to share regarding your camper. Filling out the registration form with as much detail as possible will give us the opportunity to prepare any special accommodations and give your camper the best experience possible. You are also welcome to email our summer camp team at bellcamps@umn.edu.

Camp environment
We strive to create an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and inspires curiosity. Campers must be able to maintain appropriate behavior, staying with the group, following staff directions, and using respectful language and actions.

No substitutions
We appreciate your interest in our various camp options. Each in-person camp session is designed for specific grade levels. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any substitutions.

Questions?
For camp curriculum or accommodation questions please email bellcamps@umn.edu, for registration questions please call 612-624-2345  (12 pm–5 pm, Monday–Friday).

Support generously provided by:

Boston Scientific Logo in black   WEM Foundation