Summer 2021 Summer Camps

2021 Summer Camps

The KU Natural History Museum is excited to host a week-long series of free online summer camps this June and July, led by our museum education staff.  Camps will have both live Zoom and pre-recorded video content on Facebook. Camps are designed for ages 8-11, but youth of all ages are welcome.

There is no cost to participate, but if you enjoy the programs, donations designated for our 'education programs' are greatly appreciated!

Each camp week, watch videos on the museum's Facebook videos page, follow along with activity guides, and join live Zoom sessions (pre-registration required, free activity kit included). You can also test yourself with a quiz at the end of the week!

BIODIVERSITY CAMP - June 21 to 25 

Explore life on our planet, evolution and adaptations, "ologies," and more in this week-long virtual camp.

Registration closed for live Zoom sessions
All live Zoom sessions include free activity kits.
Maximum of 30 participants.

Activity Kits (for registered Zoom participants):
Pick up Activity Kits at the KU Natural History Museum Visitor Services desk:
Tuesday, June 15 to Saturday, June 19, 1pm - 5pm
Activity guides - available online June 14

SCHEDULE - Biodiversity Camp 

Note: citations for Activity Guide and Worksheets available upon request.

Monday, June 21 at 10am (CDT) - Facebook: Camp Welcome
Welcome and introduction video on the museum's Facebook videos page.
Crossword Puzzle
Crossword Puzzle Answer Sheet

Tuesday, June 22 at 10am (CDT) - Live Zoom: 'Ologies' | Registration closed
Live Zoom session with kits exploring the 'ologies' such as paleontology, herpetology, and other biodiversity related science fields. 
'Ologies' Activity Guide and Worksheet
'Ologies' Activity Guide Worksheet Answer Sheet

Wednesday, June 23 at 10am (CDT)  - Facebook: Variation and Adaptation
Activity video on our Facebook videos page.
Variation and Adaptation Activity Guide and Worksheet
Variation and Adaptation Activity Guide Worksheet Answer Sheet

Thursday, June 24 at 2pm (CDT) - Live Zoom: Biomass and Deep Sea Life | Registration closed
Live Zoom session, with activity kits, with a focus on investigating biomass and deep sea life. Explore biomass of the deep sea with the KU Natural History Museum's Deep-Scattering Layer Exhibit. If you require alt text (alternative text) for the website, please review this document with image and video descriptions.
Biomass and Deep Sea Life Activity Guide and Worksheet

Friday, June 25 at 10am (CDT) - Facebook: Camp Finale and Quiz
Conclusion video on the museum's Facebook videos page and a fun quiz. This quiz can be taken online, too.

Congratulations on attending Biodiversity Camp! Don't forget to download and print a Certificate of Completion for Biodiversity Camp.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CAMP - July 26 to 30 

Explore different environmental science challenges and solutions. 

Registration period for live Zoom sessions will open soon
All live Zoom sessions include free activity kits.
Maximum of 30 participants.

Activity Kits (for registered Zoom participants):
Pick up Activity Kits at the KU Natural History Museum Visitor Services desk:
Tuesday, July 20 - Saturday, July 24,  1pm and 5pm
Activity guides - available online Monday, July 19

SCHEDULE - Environmental Science Camp

Monday, July 26 at 10am (CDT) - Facebook: Camp Welcome
Welcome and introduction video on museum's Facebook videos page.  

Tuesday, July 27 at 10am (CDT) - Live Zoom: Air Quality and Acid Rain | Register
Live Zoom session with free activity kits exploring air quality and acid rain.  

Wednesday, July 28 at 10am (CDT) - Facebook: Light and Noise Pollution
Activity video on the museum's Facebook videos page.  

Thursday, July 29 at 2pm (CDT) - Live Zoom: Water Quality and Aquatic Invertebrates | Register
Live Zoom session with kits exploring water quality and aquatic invertebrates. 

Friday, July 30 at 10am (CDT) - Facebook: Camp Finale and Quiz
Conclusion video on museum's Facebook videos page and a fun quiz.

Questions? Please contact Museum Education Coordinator, Colleen MacGilvray at macgilvrc@ku.edu.


Can't wait for Summer Camps?  Check out our 2020 Free Summer Camps At Home for camp activities that are available anytime.

Want more?  Check out all our activities and other online content at Museum From Home.