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Nature Adventures Summer Camps 2022

Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 4-6

Under a Rock
Under a Rock
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.
June 6-10; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 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 13-17; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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August 8-12; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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Outer Space Adventures
Outer Space Adventures
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 20-24; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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July 18-22; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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Dino Hunters
Dino Hunters
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 27-July 1; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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August 1-5; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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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 4-8, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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July 25-29, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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You’ve Got a Friend!
You’ve Got a Friend!
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 we explore the Museum and its Backyard to find nature’s good buddies.
July 11-15; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 6-9

Fossil Discoveries
Fossil Discoveries
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 6-10; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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July 18-22; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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Ancient Science
Ancient Science
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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 13-17; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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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 20-24; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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August 8-12; 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.
June 27-July 1; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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July 25-29, 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 4-8, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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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 11-15; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
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Bugs Alive
Bugs Alive
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 1-5; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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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 6-10; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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July 11-15; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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Paleo World
Paleo World
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
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 13-17; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
8 spots left

July 4-8, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
12 spots left

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 $22 fee. Drop off and pick up location will be at Sea Center for that day.

June 20-24; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$347 Members, $422 Non-Members
6 spots left

August 8-12; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$347 Members, $422 Non-Members
8 spots left

Channel Island Digs
Channel Island Digs
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
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 co-exist on an island. Simulate a tomol ride as you kayak along the Santa Barbara coastline.

Please note: There will be an additional $40 for the kayaking trip. We will meet at the Sea Center on the day of the kayaking trip.

June 27-July 1; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$365 Members, $440 Non-Members
6 spots left

Be an Entomologist
Be an Entomologist
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Discover your inner entomologist as you venture into the world of insects. Learn to sort, describe and identify insects just as a scientist. Learn some tricks of the trade to collect insects and name a species. Create super-sized models of insects. Experience your first bug tasting with a protein packed mealworm, cricket, or snail.
July 18-22; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
5 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 25-29, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
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Natural History of Foods
Natural History of Foods
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location: Museum
Learn how your brain interacts with your taste buds. Explore the natural history of salt, cheese, and chocolate. Explore how early Chumash people survived by eating and preparing local produce.

Please note: There will be tastings; please let us know if you have food issues.

August 1-5; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$325 Members, $400 Non-Members
10 spots left


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