A young girl looks at a monarch butterfly though a magnifying glass

Grades 1-2 Camps

Summer adventures for the budding scientist in your life

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Full-day, weeklong camps for children entering grades 1 and 2 in the 2019-20 school year. Grades 1-2 camps have a maximum of 16 children, and school grade categories are designed to ensure the best academic and social experience for all campers.

We strive to create an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and inspires curiosity. Campers must be able to maintain appropriate behavior, including keeping their hands to themselves, staying with the group, following staff directions, and using respectful language. A quiet space will be available to campers who need to take a break and calm down or recharge before returning to the group.

Full-day camps
Camp activities take place from 9 am–4 pm, with flexible drop off from 8–9 am and pick up from 4–5 pm.

Farm Foodies

Students examine the large leaves of a plant in a lab

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 will see how different people are connected to food, discover what a food scientist does, and put your own science skills to use as we experiment and explore. Campers will have a chance to taste and sample some of the foods we talk about.

June 17–21 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)
July 22–26 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)
August 12–16 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)
August 26–30 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)

Incredible Invertebrates

A young boy points at a cockroach in a terrarium

Get up close and personal with our honey bees, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, worms, butterflies, hermit crabs and other interesting invertebrates as we learn about their amazing adaptations, their different habitats and the important role they play in the natural world. Campers will use a variety of field methods to study local insect biodiversity using pitfall traps, sweep nets and pond dipping.

June 10–14 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)
June 24–28 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)
July 8–12 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)
July 29–August 2 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)
August 19–23 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)

Creativity & Calculation

Two girls work with yarn and paper in a weaving project

Explore how math and science concepts can be used in art with a variety of fascinating projects like oil and water droplet paintings, tempera fluid painting, and building tetrahedrons with mini marshmallows and toothpicks. Each class will work with a visiting artist, and campers will host their own art show at the end of the week.

June 10–14 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)
June 24–28 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)
July 22–26 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)
August 12–16 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)
August 19–23 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)

Ready, Set, Lift Off!

A group of girls explores a museum display highlighting exoplanets

Campers will travel into outer space to explore the Sun, visit each unique planet, and zoom past millions of asteroids, comets and meteoroids in the Bell Museum’s planetarium. See how astronauts live and work aboard the International Space Station, and conduct small experiments using a sealed glove box to learn how astronauts keep flames, particles, fumes, and spilled liquids away from crew members and out of the cabin air. In nice weather, we will bring out our sun telescope and try to spot solar flares or sunspots. This week will be full of astronomy and space exploration!

July 15–19 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)
August 5–9 — FULL/Waitlist (call 612-624-2345)


Once you’ve selected your camps, register online via the links below or by calling University of Minnesota Tickets and Events at 612-624-2345 (10 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday). Note: If you are registering multiple children, calling the ticket office will be easier. Please fill out one registration per child.

General registration (Full-day camps)

Bell members (Full-day camps)

Registration opens February 2 for Bell members, February 11 for general public.

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

More info

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 nonrefundable 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. Notification will be given two weeks prior to the start date in the event that your camp is canceled.

Camper needs
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.

For more information about camps, email Bell camp staff at bellcamps@umn.edu.

Contact U of M Tickets (Monday–Friday, 10 am–5 pm) with registration questions at 612-624-2345 or umntix@umn.edu.