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 2020–21 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

Summer campers eating corn at Farm Foodies

Campers will take a journey to discover the origins of everyday foods, and follow the various paths food can take from the farm to their plates, learn how plants are a vital part of all animal’s diets and the important role of pollinators in agriculture. They’ll discover what it’s like to study food science, and visit a U of M garden. Campers will have a chance to taste and sample some of the foods they learn about.

June 15–19 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
July 6–10 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
July 20–24 SOLD OUT, waitlist currently full
August 10–14 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
August 24–28 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist


Sampling pond water

It’s hard to think about Minnesota without thinking about water. Campers will dive into the scientific studies of chemistry, biology, and physics to conduct experiments and learn more about the state’s most important natural resource. They’ll learn how native plants and animals use water for more than just drinking, and partner with U of M scientists to do real research.

June 8–12 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
June 22–26 SOLD OUT, waitlist currently full
July 27–31 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
August 17–21 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist

Art (x) Science

Two girls work with yarn and paper in a weaving project

Come with us as we go full STEAM ahead to explore how math and science concepts are used in art. Campers will tap into their creativity through projects like geometric quilting, tangrams, painting with oil and salt, creating crystals, and engineering with mini marshmallows and toothpicks. Each camp will work with a visiting artist, and campers will host their own art show at the end of the week!

June 8–12 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
June 22–26 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
August 10–14 SOLD OUT, call 612-626-9660 for waitlist
August 17–21 SOLD OUT, waitlist currently full

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 Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. They’ll see how astronauts live and work aboard the International Space Station, conduct experiments, and look through telescopes (weather permitting) to try to spot solar flares or sunspots. This week will be full of astronomy and space exploration!

July 13–17 SOLD OUT, waitlist currently full
July 6–10 SOLD OUT, waitlist currently full
August 3–7 SOLD OUT, waitlist currently full


Once you’ve selected your camps, register online here or by calling 612-626-9660 (10 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday). Please fill out one registration per child.

General registration (Full-day camps)

Bell members (Full-day camps)

Registration is now open for Bell members, February 17 for the 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 or registration, email Bell camp staff at bellcamps@umn.edu or call 612-626-9660.