Welcome

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!

Registration

February 5-6: Registration opens at 9:00am for Friends of the Museum Brimley, Explorers, Naturalist Society level and  Family+1 level members. Registration temporarily closes at 6:00pm on February 6th and reopens at 9:00am February 7th. The registration link will be emailed the evening before your priority registration date.
February 7-16: Registration expands to include Friends of the Museum Family level members at 9:00am. Registration temporarily closes at 6:00pm February 16th and reopens at 9:00am February 19th. The registration link will be emailed the evening before your advanced registration date.
February 19: 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.

Welcome

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences welcomes all campers and strives to provide an equal experience to any child registered for our camps. We are committed to open and honest communication with guardians to ensure the best experience for all of our campers.

If a camper’s conduct poses physical harm or risk to self or others we may ask to meet with guardians or other caretakers to develop and implement strategies to help with success. After a reasonable amount of time and effort has been made, the individual may be asked to forgo the summer camp experience until alternative behaviors are learned.

If you child can benefit from any modification and/or support 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 (2019–2020). 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, 2019, 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

The Museum can grant refunds only when a cancellation is received before May 16, 2019 at 5:00pm. Cancellations received after May 16, 2019 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.

Scholarships

The Museum does offer a limited number of partial scholarships for camp. Scholarship applications must be received by Friday, February 1, 2019 at 5:00pm. All eligible applicants will be entered into a lottery drawing, and the selected scholarship recipients will be notified by Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by email. The family’s financial contribution will be due upon acceptance of scholarship and completion of the registration process.

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.