Code Your Own Adventure!

Start your journey learning computer science the fun way by building a fantasy adventure game completely from scratch using Processing, a powerful, cross-platform Java-based language. During this course, you will learn the fundamentals of coding, be introduced to 3D modeling and 3D printing and create a custom video game limited only by your own creativity!… Read More >

Bacterial Biotech!

Explore the world of biotechnology research through a variety of hands-on lab techniques. Investigate DNA transcription and translation processes, protein synthesis and expression by conducting experiments using bacteria as a model organism. Learn techniques used by researchers and biotech industry professionals such as bacterial transformation, gel electrophoresis, column chromatography and protein electrophoresis. Consider the ethical… Read More >

Nature Art and Illustration

Let nature guide your inner artist. Each morning we will search Prairie Ridge’s ponds, streams and prairie for plants and wildlife to inspire your creativity. In the afternoon Bob Palmatier, a local writer, illustrator and environmental educator, will teach you how to illustrate nature with pencil, watercolor, pen and ink, and gouache painting technique. A… Read More >

Healthy Habitats

Explore the wilds of Prairie Ridge Ecostation. Take an in-depth look at what thrives in the Piedmont prairies, forests, streams and ponds. Discover how native plants and animals adapt to local conditions and how you can help. Along the way we will build your skills to champion healthy habitats in your neighborhoods by building bird… Read More >

“Ology” Camp

Discover the worlds of “ologies”! This year explore zoology (animal), entomology (insects), ichthyology (fish) and “grossology” (disgusting things). Each day we will tackle a new “ology” with real specimens, models, live animals and behind-the-scenes tours.  Did you attend “Ology” Camp last summer? No worries, we have new topics and adventures planned! Questions: Please visit the… Read More >

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Have you ever wanted to look beyond the Museum’s exhibits to see how a museum works? Meet researchers, educators, exhibit staff and collection managers and take a rare look behind the scenes. It will be a week full of creativity, teamwork and new experiences. Design your own mini-exhibit to share with Museum visitors and your… Read More >

Things That Fly

Investigate what flutters, flaps, hovers and glides! Discover how flying predators hunt, how honeybees swarm and how plants can take flight. Use scientific tools, games and live animals to explore the world of wings. Campers and their families are invited to a special night expedition at Prairie Ridge Ecostation to search for nocturnal flyers. Questions:… Read More >

Mine, Craft, Build, Survival Game with LEGO

Bring a Minecraft-like game to life using LEGO® materials! Resourcefulness and creativity come together in this unique building survival game; roll the dice to mine for resources, craft tools and watch out for Creepers! This ultimate Play-Well Minecraft experience using LEGO® materials is an original game designed by Play-Well instructors, using gameplay elements and characters… Read More >

Mine, Craft, Build, Adventure Game with LEGO

Use your resourcefulness to bring Minecraft-like game to life using LEGO® materials! Creativity and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game. With a roll of the dice, you will decide if you want to mine for materials, go hunting or explore for other resources. Trade and upgrade with friendly villagers to level up… Read More >

Junior Biologist

Plan to get wet, dirty and completely immersed in the world of field research. This camp offers you a unique experience using the tools and techniques Museum researchers use to investigate the animals of Prairie Ridge Ecostation. Your team will focus on using several field research techniques to collect data and formulate hypotheses. On Friday… Read More >