Summer CampsCall to book summer camps 785-864-4173

Each year we offer three one-day science summer camps for ages 8-11 in early June. The 2019 camp schedule will be posted in February, and registration will begin in early March.

Follow the trail in a high-tech scavenger hunt, get muddy while learning about wetland creatures, dissect a squid, dig for fossils, launch a rocket, or solve a mystery at the museum in our summer science camps. Participants explore nature and science through demonstrations, hands-on activities, and experiments in the museum and out in the field. Our intensive and content-rich camps are designed to be engaging and provide high quality science experiences. 

Scholarship assistance is available. Members of the Friends of the Museum at the household level and above, and their immediate family members, receive a 10 percent discount on summer camps.

Previous camps:

Adventures in Biology

Discover your inner fox, fish, fungus and more!  Explore what we have in common with other living things and how we are related through activities in the museum and outside on campus.
Note: camp includes a fish dissection.

Aquatic Biology

Make a splash exploring our local waters. Discover how the animals we find tell us if our water clean, and learn to use water quality meters. Be prepared to get muddy and wet!
Note: off campus field camp.

Dinosaur Detectives

Dig into the past with a simulated dinosaur dig. Learn how to identify dinosaurs and other fossils that provide clues to these creatures and the ancient environment in which they lived.

Forensic Fun

A crime has been committed at the KU Natural History Museum. Join our investigation and learn forensic science techniques such as footprint and fingerprint identification, hair and DNA analysis to help solve the mystery.

Geology Explorations

Become a field geologist for a day! Learn about rocks, minerals and fossils while exploring the geology of Kansas.
Note: off campus field camp.


Join us for a dynamic, fast-paced science adventure. Campers will participate in a range of engaging activities from across the sciences both in the museum and at outdoor campus locations.

Sea Science

Squid, salt, seashells and more! Explore the intriguing and diverse world of marine biology.
Note: camp includes squid dissection.

Space Odyssey

Blast off for space adventure. Discover the science of planets, starts, meteors and more. Build and launch your own water rocket.


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