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We come up every summer from Albequerque just to attend as many DDM camps as we can! They are always exciting, fresh, and so much fun...thanks Discovery Museum for making science our kids' favorite part of the summer!
—2013 Camp Discovery Parent
Limited partial scholarships available. Special thanks to Daybreak Rotary.
Completed applications can be mailed in, emailed, or brought in person to the Durango Discovery Museum front desk c/o Jen Lokey. You will be notified via email when we've received your application.
Cancellation Policy: A full refund may be issued for camp tuition up until two weeks prior to camp start date. Within two weeks of camp start date, up until one week prior to camp start date, a 50% refund of tution may be issued. Any time within one week of the camp start date, refunds are not guaranteed; at that point, all materials have been purchased and it becomes very difficult to fill a spot on such short notice. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.
Summer Camp Experiences from 2013:
Soil, Slugs, and Science for scientists ages 3-6 yrs, M-Th, June 3-6, 9am-1pm, $200/camper:
A perfect introduction to science, this camp was an extension of our garden sprouts program. With an emphasis on observation and working together, budding scientists learned about natural habitats and where our food comes from. We told stories, dug in the dirt, used magnifying glasses at examination stations and tasted the fruits of our labor (literally).
Bugs, Beetles, and Butterflies for scientists ages 5-8 yrs, M-F, June 10-14, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
We got up close and personal with the creepy, crawly, colorful, beautiful world of insects! This camp took our scientists outside, as well as in the lab, where they observed, collected, dissected, and discussed various types of insects and their impact to humans and the environment. Did you know that the total biomass of ants on earth about equals that of humans? We learned about this and other fascinating facts in our week-long bug extravaganza!
Forensic Science for scientists ages 11-15 yrs, M-F, June 10-14, 9am-3pm, $275/camper:
Future detectives and crime scene investigators honed their skills during this one! By utilizing multiple fields of science and sophisticated equipment, campers became familiar with blood spatter analysis, psychological analysis, DNA gel electrophoresis, fingerprinting, and much more. The week culminated in a crime committed against one of our own, and campers had to use what they learned to solve the case in a limited amount of time. Whodunit? Don't bother asking the 2013 campers...the 2014 version of Forensics will have a whole new crime scene!
MacGyverology for scientists ages 8-11 yrs, M-F, June 17-21, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
Making something out of nothing...that was what this camp was about! Campers used simple household materials to rig booby traps, escape from small spaces, and send messages--all useful skills for future FBI and CIA agents, police officers, and fire chiefs! Kids also learned the secret value of recycling and reusing materials, as well as the advantages of working with a team to accomplish a goal.
Body Shop for scientists ages 9-13 yrs, M-F, June 24-28, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
Future doctors and nurses spent this week journeying through the mammalian anatomy, dissecting various organs, and studying how individual parts function together within organ systems. This camp fostered the innate fasicnation with "grossology," and taught students a large amount of useful information to boot! Whether they just use it to fascinate and/or gross out their families over the dinner table, or whether they use it when applying to medical school, this information will end up finding a purpose in their lives somewhere!
Lego League Boot Camp for scientists ages 9-14 yrs, M-F, June 24-28, 9am-1pm, $250/camper:
This camp's focus on theme-based challenges engaged kids in research, problem solving, and engineering. It helped prepare elementary-aged students to think like scientists and engineers through a fun, creative, hands-on learning experience. Campers not only had a blast building lego robots to perform specific tasks, they gained an understanding of largescale world issues and potential solutions. Many of these campers will choose to participate in the official FIRST Lego League season, beginning September 16. For more information about Lego League and the tournament in November, go here!
My Senses and Me, for scientists ages 3-6 yrs, M-Th, July 8-11, 9am-1pm, $200/camper:
An extension of the Imagination Station program, this camp helped the youngest of scientists learn about their five senses through stories, cooking, crafts, songs, nature walks, digging in the Discovery Garden, and of course interacting with other little learners of the same age! It was a messy, sticky, week of solid fun!
Girls' Geek Boutique for scientists ages 9-12 yrs, M-F, July 8-12, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
While engineering programs are typically dominated by boys, this camp allowed girls to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in a non-competitive, relaxed environment. Participants used their hands, creativity, and strengths they may not have known they possessed to explore multiple areas of science. Whether programming robots, dissecting frogs, or designing fashionable yet eco-friendly homes, all activities served to get girls psyched about STEM!
NASA Space Camp, for scientists ages 11-15 yrs, M-F, July 15-19, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
During this week, campers learned the basics about NASA: they built air rockets and simulated lunar and Mars landings by applying creativity, as well as basic physics and geometry skills to various household materials. Campers also learned about the human body in space by video conferencing directly with NASA engineers! From a vacuum lab to the electromagnetic spectrum to a microgravity simulation in a swimming pool, these campers began to see themselves as future aerospace engineers and astronauts!
Mythbusters, for scientists ages 8-11 yrs, M-F, July 22-26, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
During this fun, action-packed week, young mythbusters used the scientific method to test the validity of common rumors, myths, news stories, and movie scenes. Does your stomach really explode if you eat poprocks and soda together? Is it really impossible to pull apart two interlocked phone books? Is the food-dropping "5-second rule" really true? Campers tested all of these myths and more in this action-packed, explosive week.
Powerhouse Geek Theatre, for scientists ages 5-7, M-F, July 29-August 2, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
The students in this camp were able to find a balance between science and the stage. Not only did campers learn about life cycles on earth, they each had a part in a play performed for parents at the end of the week! By Friday, campers became more comfortable as performers, and also as budding scientists in this fun, interactive week!
Sportsology: The Science of Extreme Sports, for scientists ages 10-14, M-F, Aug 5-9, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
Learning about the feats of the human body enduring the extreme sports that most Colorado residents love was a blast! Guest speakers included a professional high-altitude mountaineer, ultra marathon runners, and an ironman triathlete! The many hands-on activities included learning to SCUBA dive, dissecting various organs affected by extreme environments, learning to rock climb, and video chatting with NASA Mission Control in Houston. Our week was entirely packed with action!
Kitchen Laboratory, for Scientists ages 6-8, M-F, August 12-16, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
Campers harvested ingredients from our own Discovery Garden and used them to perform exciting chemistry experiments, including dyeing their own labcoats! We also explored the activity of invisible life by making yogurt and various other cultured edibles. Our experimental cooking--baking cookies in our homemade solar ovens, tasting explosive juice pockets, and making Dr. Seuss' famous green eggs was just the icing on the cake!