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Nature Adventures Summer Camp 2023

Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 4-6

Dynamic Dinos
Dynamic Dinos
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Become a paleontologist and explore the world of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. Examine “dinosaur bones” to piece together a skeleton, excavate fossils, and investigate clues to discover how dinosaurs once lived. Go on a dino hunt and hear them roar. Marvel at dinosaurs' modern descendants: birds!
June 12-16, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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August 7-11, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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Ocean Superstars
Ocean Superstars
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Sea Center
Discover an incredibly diverse world of animals living in the ocean. Study the marine world as you investigate how these ocean superstar animals adapt, survive, and thrive in the ocean. Become an ocean superstar yourself as you dive deeper into learning about ocean animals.

Please note: Friday camp will be at SBMNH.

June 12-16, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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July 31-August 4, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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Pebbles and Boulders
Pebbles and Boulders
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Put on your hard hat and embark on the life of a geologist! Engage in hands-on experiments to learn how volcanoes make mountains, how water forms valleys, and how rocks have hidden gems. Then explore the boulders on a journey along the bed of Mission Creek to find rocks of all shapes and sizes.
June 20-23, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (No camp on Monday, June 19)
$300 Members, $360 Non-Members
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August 14-18, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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Fly Me to the Moon!
Fly Me to the Moon!
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Venture into outer space and explore the planets and stars! Learn what it takes to be an astronaut by building an astronaut suit and practicing astro-exercises. Design a rocket for blast-off, hear stories about constellations, and discover what it would be like to live on other planets.
June 26-30, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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July 17-21, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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July 24-28, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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Mini-Beasts and Creepy Crawlies
Mini-Beasts and Creepy Crawlies
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
What mysteries are buried in our backyards? Time to get dirty and find out what lives under a rock! Explore how to see like a bee, sing like a cricket, and eat like a butterfly. Go bug-hunting in the Museum Backyard, visit Butterflies Alive!, and investigate the lives of the thousands of insects around us.
July 3-7, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (No Camp on Tuesday, July 4)
$300 Members, $360 Non-Members
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Bugs, Bees and Butterflies
Bugs, Bees and Butterflies
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Discover the incredibly diverse world of insects, arachnids, and bugs. Meet hunting spiders, beetle farmers, and roly-poly garbage collectors. Have an insect party and try to sing like a cricket, dance like a bee, and drink like a butterfly. Watch how some mini-beasts change form throughout their life cycle!
July 10-14, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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July 31-August 4, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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The Buddy System
The Buddy System
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
What do you do when you can’t do it alone? Ask a friend for help, of course. Flowers and bees, birds and rhinos, otters and kelp, sharks and remora fish? They all know how helpful a friend can be. Make some new friends of your own as you explore the Museum and its Backyard to find nature’s good buddies.
July 17-21, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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What's in the Ocean?
What's in the Ocean?
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Sea Center
Discover what’s in the ocean. How salty is the ocean? Do fish have ears? What makes a fish a fish? Explore different habitats and investigate how marine animals survive and thrive.
August 14-18, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 6-9

Fossil Hunters
Fossil Hunters
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Develop your paleontology skills by finding and excavating fossils of land and sea. Discover how fossils are created in nature. Build dinosaur models and examine them to learn how these dinosaurs looked, moved, and lived.
June 12-16, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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July 24-28, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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Ancient Science
Ancient Science
Ages 6-9, Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (No camp on Monday, June 19)
Location: Museum
Become an archaeologist and uncover the mysteries of our past. Learn the skills that helped scientists understand Neanderthal tools, Mesopotamian soap, Egyptian pyramids, and mummies.
June 20-23, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (No camp on Monday, June 19)
$300 Members, $360 Non-Members
2 spots left

Kelp Forests
Kelp Forests
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Sea Center
Become a marine scientist as you learn about the different animals that call the kelp forest their home. Discover how kelp is used in a variety of products. Work each day creating a kelp forest habitat model to bring home at end of week.
June 26-30, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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July 24-28, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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Wizarding Science
Wizarding Science
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Would you like to go to Wizarding School? Take a potions class and learn chemistry, study the stars, make a broom fly using static electricity, and study magical creatures. Then use all of your wizarding science skills to face a challenge that makes the O.W.L. exam look easy.
June 26-30, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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August 14-18, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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Moonshot
Moonshot
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Discover what is on the moon and learn what it takes to build a rocket to get there. Negotiate for parts with limited resources. Try landing a lunar module on the moon’s surface.
July 3-7, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (No Camp on Tuesday, July 4)
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July 31-August 4, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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Crash, Bang, Boom
Crash, Bang, Boom
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Explode stuff. Make a mess. Catch a water balloon and try not to get wet. Build the strongest structure you can, and then test it against gale-force winds and powerful earthquakes. Devise clever tricks to shock your parents and impress your friends. Become a Master of Disaster and see how science holds the key to excitement!
July 10-14, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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Butterfly Investigations
Butterfly Investigations
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Discover the differences between moths and butterflies. Create beautiful models of a butterfly and a moth to take home. Learn about the different species of butterflies. Study how these flying beauties undergo metamorphosis, use camouflage, and migrate during the seasons. Explore the Butterfly Pavilion.
July 17-21, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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Ocean Animal Rescue
Ocean Animal Rescue
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Sea Center
Do you have a passion for helping ocean creatures? Explore the ways in which animals are rescued, and how you can help.
July 17-21, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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Life of Bugs
Life of Bugs
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Discover the diverse world of insects and bugs. Turn over a rock and dig in the dirt to reveal lively critters. Meet spiders (not insects, but arachnids) that hunt, caterpillars that spin silk, and roly-poly garbage collectors. Have an insect party and try to sing like a cricket, dance like a bee, and eat like a butterfly. Study the life cycles and special abilities of backyard bugs.
August 7-11, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 9-12

Mission to Mars
Mission to Mars
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Imagine you are stranded on an inhospitable planet. How would you adapt to survive? Build a space station. Create a solar machine. Learn about adapting to a hostile environment through role playing games. Explore how astronauts study the planet surface by simulating astro-tools.
June 12-16, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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Paleo World
Paleo World
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Sea Center
Develop your paleontology skills by excavating and studying fossils in our field lab. Build dinosaur models and examine them to learn how these “terrible lizards” looked, moved, and lived.
June 20-23, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (No camp on Monday, June 19)
$300 Members, $360 Non-Members
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Corals
Corals
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Sea Center
Discover the fantastic environment of corals. Explore the biodiversity, the symbiosis, and the challenges of these tiny animals. That’s right, animals!
June 20-23, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (No camp on Monday, June 19)
$300 Members, $360 Non-Members
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Be a Geologist
Be a Geologist
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Investigate how geodes form and create a model to grow your own crystals. Discover ancient forms of life that can be found in fossils. Live the paleontologist’s life by excavating fossils. Work like archaeologists and discover how artifacts reveal history’s greatest stories. Continue the adventure into outer space to explore more rocks.

Please note: There will be a rock-climbing experience at SB Rock Gym. This camp has an additional $25 fee. Drop off and pick up location will be at Sea Center for that day.

August 14-18, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$400 Members, $475 Non-Members
10 spots left

Spa Science
Spa Science
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Discover the history and chemistry of spa science. Experiment with recipes blending natural and organic ingredients to make your own fresh spa products. Create your own secret formulas for candles, bath oils, fizzing potions, oatmeal soap, and lip balm! Relax with a yoga lesson and experience aromatherapy.
July 3-7, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (No Camp on Tuesday, July 4)
$300 Members, $360 Non-Members
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Channel Island Digs
Channel Island Digs
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Sea Center
There are many adaptations that plants and animals have for living on an island. Focus on the lifestyle of the Channel Island Foxes and their role in the food web. Explore the history of the Channel Islands and learn how species have adapted, survived near extinctions, and now co-exist on an island. Simulate a tomol ride as you kayak along the Santa Barbara coastline.

Please note: There will be an additional $50 for the kayaking trip. Drop-off and pick-up will be at the Sea Center on the day of the kayaking trip.

July 10-14, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$425 Members, $500 Non-Members
10 spots left

August 7-11, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$425 Members, $500 Non-Members
11 spots left

Wizarding, Year 2
Wizarding, Year 2
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Take wizarding to the next level. Learn the secrets of levitating a train and morphing flat shapes into 3D objects. Discover the world of dragon animals in their habitats. Create crazy concoctions and clever contraptions worthy of a magical wizard. Use your newfound science skills to negotiate your way out of the escape room.
July 31-August 4, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
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Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 10-14

Marine Academy: Human Impact
Marine Academy: Human Impact
Ages 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Sea Center
Discover human impact on ecosystems as species evolve, including humans! Learn about ecological footprints, environmental impacts, and their effect on climate change. Be a marine superhero to protect the ocean from harm. Discover how resilient nature can be with a little help from our friends.

Please note: This camp has an additional $50 kayaking fee included in the registration cost.

July 3-7, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (No Camp on Tuesday, July 4)
$350 Members, $410 Non-Members
11 spots left

Be an Ornithologist
Be an Ornithologist
Ages 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Take a bird watching excursion at the Museum to discover winged visitors on site. Investigate what forms and functions enable a bird to survive and thrive. Make close observations of birds and use your discoveries to identify birds at Rocky Nook Park and Lake Los Carneros. Become an ornithologist as you watch a bird, collect data, and sketch it in your field journal.

Please note: Campers will be dropped off and picked up one day at Lake Los Carneros.

July 10-14, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
7 spots left

Nature Curiosities: Art Inspirations
Nature Curiosities: Art Inspirations
Ages 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Discover the world of art through a naturalist’s perspective and through an artist’s lens. Experiment with different media, whether it is painting, pressing, or pinning. Venture into the natural world for inspiration.
August 7-11, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$375 Members, $450 Non-Members
2 spots left


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