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Canine Connections

 The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is pleased to announce its Spring Mini Camp program, Canine Connections, from 9 am to 3 pm on March 13, 14, 16, and 17.

As the first domesticated animal, dogs have lived with humans throughout recorded history. This week, we will connect with canines as we learn all about their ancestors, and how modern dogs continue to play important roles in our communities. Campers will also enjoy Dog Tales: The Human Canine Connection, a new special Museum exhibit showcasing the fascinating natural history of dogs, their closest canine relatives, and their special bond with humans.


Studying science and history helps children learn and understand the world around them. The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History offers children ages 4 through 12 learning opportunities in a safe, fun, and educational setting. Through non-traditional teaching techniques, creative activities, and Museum artifacts, campers will explore the natural world!


Monday, March 13th: Wolves & Coyotes

Can you tell a wolf and coyote apart? Today we will learn all about these canine species, where they are found, how they survive, and even how they are portrayed in popular childhood stories. 


Tuesday, March 14th: Foxes

Did you know that Grey foxes are the only canine species that can retract their claws? Learn all about this, as well as many more fun facts that make foxes a popular and interesting animal. 


Wednesday, March 15th: Jackals & Wild Dogs

Jackals and wild dogs, both relatives to the wolves, coyotes, and foxes, have amazing features and adaptations that allow them to thrive in all forms of environments around the world. Travel with us as we learn about these habitats and how these fellow canines have learned to survive and thrive there. 


Thursday, March 16th: Prehistoric Dogs

Long before domesticated dogs, prehistoric canines such as Leptocyon and the Dire Wolf roamed the land. Today we will learn all about prehistoric animals and explore the journey of how they became companions to humans.


Friday, March 17th: Modern Dogs

Have you ever heard dogs referred to as “man’s best friend?” From Great Danes to Chihuahuas, we’ll explore modern dog breeds, the roles they play in today’s society, and the human canine connection.  

The Museum facilities include classroom areas, the Discovery Room, and a 40-acre park, all used to enhance the learning experience. Museum staff members are experienced educators and classes are organized by age groups. Of course, this means classes fill up quickly, so don’t wait to register!

A young girl sitting next to a taxidermy fox on display at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.

Monday, March 13

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Wolves & Coyotes

TUESDAY, March 14

9 a.m - 3  p.m.



9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Jackals & Wild Dogs

Thursday, March 16

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Prehistoric Dogs

Friday, March 17

9 AM - 3 PM

Modern Dogs


Online registration is the preferred registration method. Please click the reserve now button to register. Pre-registration is required for your child to attend, and one-half of the total registration fee is needed to hold your child’s space. Museum programs fill quickly, so please register early.

Please note our registration policies:

  • All registrants must pay in advance.

  • Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

  • Telephone registrations cannot be accepted.


To register your child or children for this program, please submit one form per child using one of the following methods:

Register by Mail

Mail completed registration form(s) and payment to:

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History

Attn: Spring Mini Camp

3232 Briarcrest Drive

Bryan, Texas 77802

Register by Fax

Fax this form to the Museum at (979) 774-0252. A check must be received at the above address within five (5) working days either by mail or in person or your child’s reservation will be cancelled.

Camp Prices


$55 per camp day (plus a 5% Registration Fee)


$60 per camp day (plus a 5% Registration Fee)

All registrants must pay in advance. Registrations accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Additional Discounts

Full Session Discount: $10 discount offered for registration of all 5 sessions

Sibling Discount: $2 per session discount offered for each additional child

Refund Policy

Refunds are not available unless a replacement camper is located to fill the vacancy.

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