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 12th graders!


February 6-7: Registration opens at 9:00am for Friends of the Museum Family +1, Naturalist, Explorers and Brimley Society level members. Registration temporarily closes at 6:00pm on February 7th and reopens at 9:00am February 8th. The registration link will be emailed the evening before your priority registration date.
February 8-17: Registration expands to include Friends of the Museum Family level members at 9:00am. Registration temporarily closes at 6:00pm February 17th and reopens at 9:00am February 20th. The registration link will be emailed the evening before your advanced registration date.
February 20: Registration opens to the public at 9:00am. A link to register will be added to the Summer Camps website.

Registration is completed with our online system, Active Network. Registration is first come, first served. Camps traditionally fill quickly.

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.

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences welcomes all campers and strives to provide an equal experience to any child registered for our camps. If your child can benefit from any accommodations in order to fully enjoy their time at camp, please contact summercamps@naturalsciences.org.

What grade/level camp is appropriate for my child?

Grade levels stated in program descriptions are now those of the upcoming school year (2018–2019). 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, 2018, 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 17, 2018 at 5:00pm. Cancellations received after May 17, 2018 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 2, 2018 at 5:00pm. All eligible applicants will be entered into a lottery drawing, and the selected scholarship recipients will be notified by Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by email. The family’s financial contribution will be due upon acceptance of scholarship and completion of the registration process.


Interested in an internship or working for our Summer Camps program? Visit our Summer Camps Employment page.


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

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