Come play and learn with us this summer! Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder as you join Museum educators for fun activities, games, and crafts that teach about the natural sciences! We offer half-day, full-day, and even week-long residential camps — so there’s something for everyone from rising Kindergartners to 8th graders!

Registration for Friends of the Museum begins on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 9:00am. Friends will receive an email with the registration link on January 28. February 1-14 registration will be open only to Friends of the Museum members with a family membership or higher. If non-members register during this time, their registration will be canceled and the registration will be returned minus a $30.00 processing fee.

Public Registration begins on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 9:00am. This registration is open to everyone. A link to register online will be added to the Summer Camps website.

Each child can enroll in up to 2 weeks of camp. The Museum will cancel any excess registration. A $30.00 processing fee per camp is required if the Museum cancels excess registration.

What grade/level camp is appropriate for my child?

Grade levels stated in program descriptions are now those of the upcoming school year (2016–2017). Please double-check to make sure that you sign your child(ren) up for the appropriate age groups. We cannot make exceptions. Falsified registrations will be cancelled and the registration fee will be refunded minus the $30.00 processing fee per camp.

Following Wake County Kindergarten eligibility requirements, campers must be five years old on or by August 31, 2016, to be eligible for Kindergarten camps. A copy of the birth certificate or its equivalent must be emailed to summercamps@naturalsciences.org upon registration.


The Museum can grant refunds only when a cancellation is received before May 20, 2016. Cancellations received after May 20, 2016 will not be eligible for a refund. A $30.00 processing fee per camp is required for all refunds. If we are alerted as soon as possible of a child’s illness or family emergency immediately before camp begins, we will do our best to provide a full refund, minus the $30.00 processing fee.


Camps with low enrollment 3 weeks prior to the start date are subject to cancellation.  Campers will be contacted to investigate the possibility of enrollment in another camp.  A full refund will be issued if summer camps are cancelled by Museum staff.


The Museum does offer a limited number of partial scholarships for camp. Scholarship applications must be received by Friday, February 5, 2016 at 5:00pm. All eligible applicants will be entered into a lottery drawing, and the selected scholarship recipients will be notified by Wednesday, February 10, 2016 by email. The family’s financial contribution will be due upon acceptance of scholarship and completion of the registration process.


Thank you for your interest but we are no longer accepting applications for 2016.


For additional information, please visit our Summer Camps Frequently Asked Questions page.

Still have questions? Email summercamps@naturalsciences.org or call 919.707.9889.