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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 minus a 10% admininstration fee 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 Camps 2014:
Forensic Science for scientists ages 11-15 yrs, M-F, June 2-6, 9am-3pm, $275/camper:
Future detectives and crime scene investigators, hone your skills during this action-packed week! Utilizing multiple fields of science and sophisticated equipment, campers will become familiar with blood spatter analysis, DNA gel electrophoresis, fingerprinting, and much more. The week will culminate in an ALL-NEW crime where campers will have to use their newfound skills to solve the case. Whodunit? 2013 Forensics Campers, this year is a different story, so we dare you to join us again to solve a new crime!
Animal Evolution for scientists ages 9-12 yrs, M-F, June 9-13, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
Graduates of the Body Shop, as well as any student with an interest in being a research biologist and/or having a career in medicine will covet this camp! We will take campers through the evolution of the animal kingdom with dissections of organisms that mirror the increasing complexity through each animal phylum, including sea sponge, giant crabs, sea stars, and sharks. We will study DNA mutations as the mechanism for evolution, comparative anatomy, the evolution of venom, blood typing, basic Mendelian genetics, blood typing and much more!
MacGyverology for scientists ages 8-11 yrs, M-F, June 16-20, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
Make something out of nothing…that is what this camp is all about! Campers will use simple household materials to rig booby-traps, connect sneaky circuits, make homemade smoke bombs—all useful skills for future FBI and CIA agents, police officers, and fire chiefs! Shhh…kids will also learn the secret value of recycling and reusing materials, as well as the advantages of working with a team to accomplish goals large and small.
Small Human Anatomy for scientists ages 6-8 yrs, M-F, June 23-27, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
We’ve taken our popular “Body Shop” camp, and jazzed it up for a slightly younger audience! This camp will capitalize on kids’ innate fascination with “grossology” through hands-on activities including multiple organ dissections, DNA extractions, body-related art projects, and exercise physiology. Whether your campers use what they’ve learned for gross-out purposes at the dinner table, or as a launching pad to future medical-related careers, they will all get to experience the fascinating and disgusting nature of the human body.
Citizen Science Camp for scientists ages 9-12 yrs, M-F, June 23-27, 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!
Soil, Slugs, & Science, for scientists ages 3-5 yrs, M-Th, June 30-July 3, 9am-1pm, $200/camper:
A perfect introduction to science, this camp is an extension of our Garden Sprouts program. With an emphasis on observation and working together, budding scientists will learn about natural habitats and where our food comes from. We will tell stories, dig in the dirt, use magnifying glasses at examination stations, and taste the fruits of our labor (literally)!
Cyclin' Science, for scientists ages 8-10 yrs, M-Th, June 30-July 3, 9am-3pm, $200/camper:
Like biking? Like science? We have found your dream camp! DDM is teaming up with Durango Devo, our local mountain bike organization to run a week-long camp combining guided mountain bike exploration in the mornings, and bike-related hands-on science at DDM each afternoon! In this lab portion, explore topics including anatomy and physiology of biking, nutrition, bike engineering and simple machines, physics of biking, and more. One thing’s for sure: your kids will sleep well after each day of this camp! Register with Devo at www.durangodevo.com. Registration for this opens April 1 at 7pm. These sell out fast, so be prompt with your signup! Participants must have a helmet, a bike with hand-brakes, and experience on a bike. For questions, contact Amy Haggart at DEVO, or call or email Jen Lokey, Manager of Curriculum and Instruction at DDM: (970) 403-1742, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mythbusters for scientists ages 8-11 yrs, M-F, July 7-11, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
During this fun, action-packed week, young mythbusters will use 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 at the same time? Is it really impossible to pull apart two interlocked phone books? Is the “five-second rule” for dropped food really true? Campers will test all of these myths and many more in this explosive, crazy week!
Kitchen Laboratory, for scientists ages 6-8 yrs, M-F, July 14-18, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
Campers will harvest ingredients from our own Discovery Garden and use them to perform exciting chemistry experiments, including dyeing our own labcoats! We will also explore the activity of invisible life by making yogurt and various other cultured edibles. Campers will apply the experimental process to cooking—baking cookies in our homemade solar ovens, tasting explosive juice pockets, making Dr. Seuss’ famous green eggs and ham, and more!
NASA Space Camp, for scientists ages 11-15 yrs, M-F, July 21-25, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
During this week, campers will learn about NASA and the history of spaceflight through a variety of hands-on activities including building air rockets, using spectrometers to view various gases found in space, simulating lunar and Mars landings by applying creativity along with basic physics and geometry skills to household materials. Campers will learn about the human body in space by video conferencing with NASA spaceflight engineers. From a vacuum chamber lab to the electromagnetic spectrum to a microgravity activity at the swimming pool in SCUBA gear, campers will begin to see themselves as future aerospace engineers and astronauts!
Bugs, Beetles & Butterflies, for scientists ages 6-8, M-F, July 28-August 1, 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!
My Senses & Me 1, for scientists ages 3-5, M-Th, Aug 4-7, 9am-1pm, $200/camper:
An extension of our famous Imagination Station program, this camp will help 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 will be a messy, sticky, colorful week of solid fun!
Lego League Boot Camp, for scientists ages 8-14, M-F, August 4-8, 9am-1pm, $250/camper:
This robotic camp involves theme-based challenges that engage kids in research, problem solving, team building, and engineering. Campers have a blast building Lego robots to perform specific tasks, and gain an understanding of large-scale world issues and potential solutions. Many campers will participate in the official First Lego League season, beginning in early September. For more information about the official First Lego League season and tournament, go here! The Lego League Boot Camp will be held offsite at a local school. Location will be announced closer to the camp dates.
Cyclin' Science, for scientists ages 11-13 yrs, M-F, August 4-8, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
Like biking? Like science? We have found your dream camp! DDM is teaming up with Durango Devo, our local mountain bike organization to run a week-long camp combining guided mountain bike exploration in the mornings, and bike-related hands-on science at DDM each afternoon! In this lab portion, explore topics including anatomy and physiology of biking, nutrition, bike engineering and simple machines, physics of biking, and more. One thing’s for sure: your kids will sleep well after each day of this camp! Register with Devo at www.durangodevo.com. Registration for this opens April 1st at 7pm. These sell out fast, so be prompt with your signup! Participants must have a helmet, a bike with hand-brakes, and experience on a bike. For questions, contact Amy Haggart at DEVO, or call or email Jen Lokey, Manager of Curriculum and Instruction at DDM: (970) 403-1742, email@example.com.
Girls' Geek Boutique, for scientists ages 9-12 yrs, M-F, August 11-15, 9am-3pm, $250/camper:
While engineering programs are typically dominated by boys, this camp will allow girls to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in a non-competitive, relaxed environment. Participants will use their hands, creativity, and strengths they may not know they possess to explore multiple areas of science. Female scientists from all around the region will take part in this unique week-long experience. Whether programming robots, dissecting frogs, or designing fashionable yet eco-friendly homes, all activities will serve to get girls psyched about STEM!
My Senses and Me 2, for scientists ages 3-5, M-Th, August 11-14, 9am-1pm, $200/camper:
You asked for a second week of this popular camp, and you got it! This additional week of “My Senses and Me” will be an entirely different curriculum than the first, so it is not a repeat, just another fun-filled week for your 3-5 year old to learn about their five senses through new and different hands-on, sticky, messy activities with our fabulous early childhood specialist! Note: campers can take one or both My Senses camps…it is not necessary that campers take one before the other, but all are encouraged to attend both weeks!