Grade level stated in the program descriptions are for the upcoming school year, 2020-2021. Each child can enroll in up to 2 weeks of camp.

All cancellations, registration for more than 2 camps per child, or incorrect grade level registrations incur a $30.00 processing fee per camp.

During registration, please check our online registration system, Active Network, for the most up-to-date camp availability. Web page will be updated daily.

“Ology” Camp

Discover the worlds of “ologies”! This year explore zoology (animals), 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 curators and collection managers and take a rare look behind the scenes. The week will be full of creativity, teamwork and new experiences. Design your own mini-exhibit to share with Museum visitors and your family… Read More >

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 >

Digging Up Dinosaurs

Calling all dinosaur fans! Come spend a week exploring the world of dinosaurs! Just how big, small, old, colorful, smelly, hungry were dinosaurs? How did they move, find food or escape predators? Which ones lived in North Carolina? We’ll explore these questions and more; even going behind-the-scenes to see fossils and meet paleontologists. You’ll have… Read More >


Have you ever wondered what you can do to make the world a greener place? Join us for a week of fun nature-oriented adventures and service-learning projects. We will explore the benefits of mass-transit with a ride on the R-line to visit downtown locations to do trash assessments. Other adventures include detecting and removing invasive… 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 >

Junior Scientist

Plan to get wet, dirty and completely immersed in the world of field research. This camp offers a true field experience as you spend each day using the tools Museum researchers use to investigate the natural world of Prairie Ridge Ecostation. We will work with researchers to investigate a new topic daily such as geology,… Read More >

Natural Clay Creations

Learn to sculpt North Carolina wildlife. Each day we will prowl the Museum’s exhibits and use our discoveries to inspire clay creations. Artist and educator, Courtney Cappa, will introduce four clay hand-sculpting techniques over the course of the camp. We’ll wrap up the week with a sculpture using our new skills. Come explore the Museum… Read More >

Things That Fly

Investigate what flutters, flaps, hovers and glides! Explore how flying predators hunt and how flying prey escape. Discover why honeybees swarm and how plants move through the air. Use scientific tools, games and live animals to explore the wonderful world of wings. Questions: Please visit the Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions page for more information… Read More >

Wildlife Illustrators

Explore nature and learn how to draw from real-life observations. Each day we will search Prairie Ridge’s ponds, streams and prairie for plants and wildlife to inspire your creativity. Local artist and educator, Courtney Cappa, will show you how to illustrate scientific drawings of plants and animals using contemporary watercolor techniques. You will even learn… Read More >

Woodland Adventure

From groundhogs to rabbits, tree-frogs to rolly pollies, we will explore the “wilds” of Prairie Ridge Ecostation. Come make mud pies, roll in the grass and crawl though the groundhog tunnel. This outdoor adventure launches from the Nature PlaySpace and outdoor classroom with forays into the prairie, pond, stream and woods surrounding the Ecostation. All… Read More >