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Summer Camp

2022 Summer Camp Registration for 2nd & 3rd Grade

Second and Third Grade Summer Camp Sessions

NHMU second and third grade camp sessions are for students who will enter either of these grades in the fall of 2022. All sessions are offered in a full-day, Monday-Thursday format. We'll have a morning and an afternoon snack break, along with a midday lunch break. Two substantial snacks and a non-refrigerated lunch and drink will need to be brought from home. We are doing everything we can do stop the spread of COVID-19. We ask that all participants wear a mask during camp since we are not sure who has been vaccinated, it is challenging to keep physically distanced, and we have campers from multiple households in our sessions. To help us provide the best possible camp experience for your child, be sure to review the NHMU Summer Camp FAQ as well as our Important Information for Summer Camp 2022 document for information about camp logistics and COVID precautions. Not all school districts begin and end summer break at the same time—check your school schedule before registering. Camp drop-off and pick-up take place at NHMU, unless otherwise noted.

Wait LIst: We will not be offering a wait list this summer. Instead, we will post any open slots on the Thursday prior to each camp week. These will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Click here to view and download a complete guide to our 2nd & 3rd grade sessions.

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Rock & Roll, Museum-Style

Calling all rockhounds...have we got a great camp for you! Our week will be loaded with geologic investigations from volcanoes and earthquakes to the rock cycle, erosion, and tectonics. We’ll also spend some time diving into fossils and ancient ecosystems. We may even get the inside scoop on new dinosaur discoveries with tours of our Paleo Lab and collections areas.

Week 1 | June 6 – 9 (M-Th) | 8:30am – 4:30pm | $310 — This session is FULL

Week 8 | August 8 - 11 (M-Th) | 8:30am – 4:30pm | $310 — This session is FULL


Nature of Color & Science

Partner Camp with Clever Octopus 
 
Join us as we explore the intersection of art and science. Monday and Tuesday will be spent at Clever Octopus, Utah's only creative reuse center. Participants will engage in mixed media art-making inspired by the works of Josef Albers (murals and printmaking), Wangechi Mutu (complex collages and sculptures) and Paul Cezanne (abstract painting). Wednesday and Thursday will have campers with Museum staff exploring color through the lens of biology, chemistry, and physics. From learning about eyesight and understanding camouflage to finding out what colors absorb more heat, why Mars has a red-hued atmosphere, and why the sky turns red at sunset and sunrise—these are just a few of the questions we’ll investigate. Plus, get a tour of our Nature of Color exhibit!
 
Drop off and pick up take place at Clever Octopus on Monday and Tuesday and at NHMU on Wednesday and Thursday. No camp on Friday.
 
Week 2 | June 13 – 16 (M-Th) | 8:30am – 4:30pm | $310 — This session is FULL

Adventures in Science

Partner Camp with Camp Kostopulos

Let’s explore! Monday and Tuesday will be spent at Camp K, participating in exciting science experiments along with outdoor experiences like rock climbing, fishing, swimming, and spending time with the horses. Wednesday and Thursday will be at the Museum, investigating forensic science—from analyzing handwriting and fingerprints to extracting DNA, examining microbes, and identifying unknown chemicals.
 
Drop off and pick up take place at Camp K on Monday and Tuesday and at NHMU on Wednesday and Thursday. No camp on Friday.
 
Week 3 | June 20 - 23 (M-Th) | 8:30am – 4:30pm | $310 — This session is FULL

Week 6 | July 18 - 21 (M-Th) | 8:30am – 4:30pm | $310 — This session is FULL


Nature Explorers

Partner Camp with Red Butte Garden
Join us for a week of nature explorations! On Monday and Tuesday, campers will explore Red Butte Garden, exploring different ecosystems and habitats as they become familiar with native plant species and examine food chains. On Wednesday and Thursday, campers will come to the Natural History Museum of Utah to investigate the animals and insects that call Utah home through excursions in the foothills around the Museum. We’ll also spend time learning to use the iNaturalist app, becoming Citizen Scientists!
 
Drop off and pick up take place at Red Butte Garden on Monday and Tuesday and at NHMU on Wednesday and Thursday. No camp on Friday.
 
Week 4 | June 27 – 30 (M-Th) | 8:30am – 4:30pm | $310 — This session is FULL

Exploring Machines with LEGO®

Partner Camp with Play-Well TEKnologies
For kids who love to build! Monday and Tuesday will be spent with Play-Well staff inventing, designing, and building with over 10,000 LEGO® bricks. Campers will apply real-world concepts in engineering as they create projects such as tugboats, space shuttles, and the Eiffel Tower. Wednesday and Thursday will be spent under the guidance of Museum staff, exploring simple machines, mechanisms, and structures with projects like building merry-to-rounds, catapults, and go-carts utilizing LEGO® education kits.
 
Drop off and pick up take place at NHMU. No camp on Friday.
 
Week 5 | July 11 - 14 (M-Th) | 8:30am – 4:30pm | $310 — This session is FULL

Week 8 | August 8 - 11 (M-Th) 8:30am – 4:30pm | $310 — This session is FULL


Dinos Past & Present

Partner Camp with Tracey Aviary

Monday and Tuesday will be spent at Tracy Aviary, exploring the dinosaurs that live among us today—birds! Find out what makes a bird a bird and discover the amazing adaptations that allow them to live in diverse environments across the globe. While at the Natural History Museum of Utah on Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll delve into the science of paleontology. Discover how fossils are formed, where we find them, and meet some of the people who prepare and study fossils at the Museum.

Drop off and pick up take place at Tracy Aviary on Monday and Tuesday and at NHMU on Wednesday and Thursday. No camp on Friday.
 
Week 5 | July 11 - 14 | 8:30am – 4:30pm | $310 — This session is FULL

Planetary Detectives

Partner Camp with Clark Planetarium

Journey through the galaxy and explore the mysteries of our solar system. Monday and Tuesday will be spent at Clark Planetarium with campers learning about the planets, stars, and constellations while enjoying other spaced-out projects and activities including an IMAX, Dome, and Science on a Sphere show. Wednesday and Thursday will be at NHMU, investigating the powerful processes that sculpt our Earth from weathering to the water cycle. We’ll explore soil science, investigate rocks and minerals, and create volcanoes and earthquakes.
 
Drop off and pick up take place at Clark Planetarium on Monday and Tuesday and at NHMU on Wednesday and Thursday.  No camp on Friday.
 
Week 7 | August 1 - 4 | 8:30am – 4:30pm | $310 — This session is FULL