Summer Camps: teen looking through binoculars; boy looking through magnifying glass at ladybug; girl looking at insect in jar.

Welcome

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) looks forward to meeting your child at day camp this summer, where they will experience a range of creative, fun and interactive activities and adventures. The Museum welcomes all campers and strives to provide an equal experience to any child registered. We are committed to open and honest communications with guardians to ensure the best experience for all of our campers. If your child can benefit from any modifications and/or support in order to fully enjoy their time at camp, please contact summercamps@naturalsciences.org.

NCMNS is committed to offering fun, science-centered day camps. While this year may be different, the Museum’s programs will allow campers to embark on exciting adventures to create a deeper connection to the natural world. Select from one of our innovative interactive experiences. There is something for children in kindergarten through ninth grade. Our Summer Camps will follow current state and federal guidelines (visit Summer Camps Frequently Asked Questions page) and apply a range of safety measures to mitigate health risks to include smaller camp sizes, mask requirements, utilizing larger rooms, minimal interaction between camp sessions and staff, and increasing sanitation efforts.

Camp Update

Summer Camps will follow current state and federal health guidelines and apply a range of safety measures to mitigate health risks, including smaller camp sizes, mask requirements, moving camps into larger rooms, keeping different camp sessions and staff separated from each other and increasing sanitation efforts. Guardians will be updated on our current guidelines when camp packets are emailed in June.

Registration for Summer 2021

February 3-4: Registration opens at 9:00am for Friends of the Museum Brimley, Explorers, Naturalist Society level and  Family+1 level members. Registration temporarily closes at 5:00pm on February 4th and reopens at 9:00am February 5th. The registration link will be emailed the evening before your priority registration date.
February 5-12: Registration expands to include Friends of the Museum Family level members at 9:00am. Registration temporarily closes at 5:00pm February 12th and reopens at 9:00am February 16th. The registration link will be emailed the evening before your advanced registration date.
February 16: 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. Friends of the Museum members save $30.00 per camp. Not a Museum member? Join today!

Each child can enroll in up to 2 weeks of day 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 those of the upcoming school year (2021-2022). Please double-check to make sure that child(ren) are signed 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, 2021, to be eligible for kindergarten camps. A copy of the birth certificate or its equivalent must be emailed to summercamps@naturalsciences.org upon registration.

Refunds

NCMNS can grant refunds only when a cancellation is received before 5:00pm May 21, 2021. Cancellations received after May 21st 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.

Cancellation

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. Please note that all summer camps are subject to change or cancellation depending on COVID-19 restrictions. A full refund would be provided in event of a cancellation by the Museum.

COVID-19 Camp Guidelines

Visit the Summer Camps Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Scholarships

Visit our Summer Camps Scholarship page for information and applications. Eligible applicants will be entered into a lottery drawing. All scholarship applicants will be notified by email on or before Wednesday, February 17th.

Opportunities

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

Questions

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

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