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Virtual camps

Summer adventures for the budding scientist in your life

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Virtual camp is a weeklong session, with daily independent activities, a kit of provided materials, and instructor led classes for 1 hour on Monday-Wednesday. The weeklong sessions are $120 ($100 Bell members) for each camper. They are for children entering grades K–2 or grades 3–5 in the 2021–22 school year. Each virtual camp has a maximum of 30 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 following staff directions, and using respectful language.

 

Note: Please be prepared to use Zoom for virtual camp. If you have not previously used Zoom, you will need to download this free software. Your virtual camp materials kit will be available for pick up at the Bell Museum. You will receive information regarding the times for pick up in your confirmation email sent two weeks prior to the start of camp. Materials kits can also be shipped for a $15 service fee.

Grades K–2

two insects on a leaf


All My Friends Are Insects
There are more bugs on earth than any other type of animal! Join us as we explore how they travel through the world and help pollinate our food while keeping our planet clean. With hands-on exploration and crafts, we’ll learn more about insect anatomy, diversity, and special adaptations.

Week of June 14 
Week of July 12
Week of July 19 
Week of August 16 

 

Assortment of small rocks
Geology Rocks!

Get ready to become an earth scientist as we look for rocks everywhere. We’ll discover what makes rocks special, learn about fossils, experiment with erosion, and explore hidden treasures both on earth and in outer space. Grab your magnifying lens and tools and get ready to start your own collection of rock and minerals!

Week of June 21 
Week of July 26 
Week of August 2 

 

 

a sprouting plant
Seeds, Sprouts and Sun
It’s time to harness the sun’s energy and make things grow! You’ll get your hands dirty as we investigate seeds and observe plants all around us. There’ll be plenty of experiments to learn more about the sun and seasons, and we’ll play around with light and color through a variety of arts and crafts.

Week of June 28 
Week of July 5 
Week of August 9

Grades 3–5

 

Moose at Gunflint Lake DioramaJunior Curators
Go behind the scenes of the Bell Museum as we learn about the art and science of collections and curation. We’ll explore natural history dioramas and create our own, explore biodiversity through the Bell Museum’s plant and animal collections, and hear from scientists who collect, protect, and study specimens in the collections. Save some time to pull out your brushes and colors, as we experiment with scale and practice landscape painting.

Week of June 14 
Week of July 12 
Week of July 19
Week of August 16 

 

 

Wolf howling
Eco-Odyssey

This camp is all about biomes! Minnesota may be the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but it’s also home to many unique ecosystems and amazing animals. Through the eyes of a scientist, we’ll look closely at the northern coniferous forests, fill out our field guides with studies of the colorful deciduous forests, and explore the secrets of the tallgrass prairie.

Week of June 21 
Week of July 26 
Week of August 2 

 

 

Triangle ice in the snow
Worlds Below
It’s time to go below the surface on an adventure to understand the unseen! We’ll dive below the water to investigate the insects, fish, and plants living there. Scientists who study microscopic organisms in glaciers will give us a glimpse of the ice age. Then, we’ll blast off from earth to explore what might be hidden on other planets and moons.

Week of June 28 
Week of July 5
Week of August 9

Grades 6–8

Sketching supplies

Nature Journaling
Embark on a virtual journey of exploration and discovery through the art of nature journaling. Whether or not you already journal or draw, this class is for you! We’ll develop your journaling and sketching skills while we learn how to put them together, making careful observations to document nature. We’ll start with pencil and paper and will explore additional methods for nature journaling as we go. Grab the sketchbook and art supplies provided in the course kit, and join us as we deepen our connection with nature!

June 28–July 1 from 1–2:30 pm

Please note: maximum capacity for this class is 20 students

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.

Virtual Camp
$120 ($100 Bell members)

The Art of Nature Journaling
$170 ($150 Bell members)

 

Registration

Once you’ve selected your camps, register online here or by calling 612-624-2345 (12 pm–5 pm, Monday–Friday). Please fill out one registration per child.

Have the following info ready!

  • Camper name, birth date, age, and grade level for the 2021-2022
    school year

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. $15 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. Materials kits will still be mailed or available for pick up, even if a camper won’t be attending the virtual camp sessions.

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.

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. Please let us know if consistent internet access or equipment presents a barrier. You are also welcome to email our summer camp team at bellcamps@umn.edu.

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

Questions?
For more information about camps or registration, email Bell camp staff at bellcamps@umn.edu or call 612-624-2345.

Support generously provided by:

Boston Scientific Logo in black      WEM Foundation