SUMMER NATURE CAMP

Summer Nature Camp

Studying science and history helps children to know and understand the world around them. The Museum offers your child this opportunity in a safe, fun, and educational setting. Through non-traditional teaching techniques, campers are encouraged to explore science, animal behavior, history, and their local environment using interactive lessons and educational games and crafts. 

Our facilities include classroom areas, the Discovery Room, and a 40-acre park, all used to enhance your child’s learning experience. Staff members are experienced teachers and, to ensure personalized instruction, classes are kept small, with a teacher to student ratio of 1:5. Classes fill up quickly, so register soon! For more information, please call (979) 776-2195.  

A Note to Parents

In order to ensure the safety of your children and our staff, the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, after careful consideration, has changed Summer Nature Camp 2020 to a half-day program.  Weekly themes are unchanged, but camp fees have been reduced.​​

Summer Nature Camp 2020 updates:

  • Camp sessions are now half-day camps (9:00 am-12:00 pm).

  • The first week of camp, June 1-5, Microscopic World, has been cancelled.

  • All camp sessions will be reduced to half capacity, approximately 5 students per age group. 

  • Prices are reduced to $100/week for Members, and to $120/week for Non-Members.

  • We are following CDC recommendations regarding Youth Programs and Camps.

  • New Safety procedures include:

    • social distancing

    • intensifying cleaning and disinfection efforts throughout the day

    • modifying drop-off and pick-up procedures

    • screening procedures upon arrival for both staff and campers

    • maintaining an adequate ratio of staff to children to ensure safety

    • requiring staff to wear face coverings 

Further details will be sent to parents after their child’s registration is confirmed. 

 

Our camp instructors sincerely regret that the COVID-19 pandemic does not allow us to conduct this year’s Summer Nature Camp as we have in the past.  However, with these new procedures in place, we feel confident that we can host our Camp in a fun & educational way that will keep your children and our staff safe.  

 

If you have questions about your registration, and/or the changes to our Camp, please reach out to the Museum during business hours (Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm) at 979.776.2195  or email us at education@brazosvalleymuseum.org. Someone from our Education Team will be happy to assist you.

 

We appreciate your patience and understanding during these uncertain times. Thank you so much for your support of the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.

 

Sincerely,

Museum Education Team

Dates and Themes

June 8 - June 12: Spy Tech


Week 2 Spy science opens up an entirely new world of curiosity and inquiry. Kids will learn about the tools of the trade and some of the technology behind spy science. Join us for a week filled with hands on experiments, decoding messages, and honing your observation skills.




June 15 - June 19: Naturally Creative


Week 3 How do the sights, sounds, and smells of nature inspire artists? Let your child embrace their artistic side! Exploring a variety of artistic media, your child will use their experiences in the natural world to create their very own, one-of-a-kind masterpieces.




June 22 - June 26: Backyard Critters


Week 4 What tiny creatures call the Brazos Valley home? Whether they fly, creep, crawl, or slither, a diverse group of bugs and their relatives share our environment. Join us to learn about the tiny critters that live in your backyard and beyond.




June 29 - July 3: World of Water


Week 5 Jump in for a fun-filled week of watery wonder. We’ll explore the depths of the oceans as well as the waterways in our own backyards. Have fun with us this week as we learn everything from how water played a role in early trade to the importance of conserving this precious resource.




JULY 6 - JULY 10: NO CAMP THIS WEEK


There will be no camp this week




July 13 - July 17: Prehistoric Pals


Week 6 Prehistoric animals fascinate people of all ages. This week your child will take a prehistoric adventure as we dig deep into the wide world as well as in our own community. We will also study some of the most popular scientific discoveries of all time!




July 20 - July 24: Marvelous Maps


Week 7 Know what to do if you’re lost? We’ll put your map-reading skills to the test as we learn about map use, map-making, and types of maps, as well as the role surveyors play in this field. But we won’t stop there! We’ll also learn about land formations and what causes them. So join us as we dig up some of Earth’s deepest secrets!




July 27 - July 31: Little Green Thumb


Week 8 Embrace your budding inner botanist as we explore the wonderful world of plants. We will learn some of the secrets of soil science, discover which plants attract local birds and other animals, and what kids can do to be great stewards of Earth.




Aug 3 - Aug 7: Nature’s Architects


Week 9 Animals build homes just like we do. Explore with us some of the amazing architectural creations in the natural world and have fun comparing them with human designs. You will even get a chance to design some yourself!




Aug 10 - Aug 14: Texas Time Warp


Week 10 Two-step back in time as we take a look at Texas’ past. What was Texas like during the Ice Age or the Age of the Dinosaurs? What Native peoples inhabited Texas? What was life like for an early Texas pioneer? We’ll look into answering these questions and more as we learn more about the great Lone Star State.




June 1 - 5: NO CAMP THIS WEEK


There will be no camp this week





Camp Prices

Members:

$100 per week (plus a 5% Registration Fee)

Non-Members:

$120 per week (plus a 5% Registration Fee)

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

Additional Discounts

Members

Become a Member and receive camper discounts, priority registration, free Museum admission, and a $5 coupon to our Museum store.  

Siblings

$10 off 2nd, 3rd, 4th child per week if you pre-register 2 or more siblings.

An additional $5 off per week when a child pre-registers for 3 or more camp sessions.

* Pre-registration must be complete before the first week of camp in order to receive discounts.

** Offer not valid if registration takes place after June 3rd.

Refund Policy

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

Important Forms

Become a Member and Register Early!

 

April 7th: Contributor, Benefactor, & President’s Circle Members ($250+)

April 14th: Sponsor Level Members ($150+)

April 21st: Family Level Members ($100+)

April 28th : Student, Senior Citizen, Individual, & Dual Level Members ($30+)

May 5th : Open Registration

  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. A 50% deposit will save and confirm your place in the camp session. We MUST have your total camp fee no later than noon on the Friday before the first day of your registered camp session. Parents can register their children (ages 4-12) for one week or for the whole summer. If we do not receive your total payment, your child may be removed from the list to accommodate another camper from the waiting list. Deposits are non-refundable.

Become a Member and receive camper discounts, priority registration, free Museum admission, and a $5 coupon to our Museum store.

Summer Nature Camp: Frequently asked questions

Are snacks provided?


The Museum does not provide food for campers. Parents must provide a snack and a water bottle.




How do I register?


Online registration begins for everyone May 5th and a registration button on the website will become live at that time. Priority registration for members begins April 7th and members will be emailed a special link for early registration. Please call the Museum at 979-776-2195 if you have any questions. Register in Person or by Mail You may come by the Museum and register in person or mail completed registration form(s) and payment to: Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History Attn: Summer Nature Camp 3232 Briarcrest Drive Bryan, Texas 77802




Are there any discounts available?


Members Become a Member and receive camper discounts, priority registration, free Museum admission, and a $5 coupon to our Museum store. Siblings $10 off 2nd, 3rd, 4th child per week if you pre-register 2 or more siblings. An additional $5 off per week when a child pre-registers for 3 or more camp sessions. * Pre-registration must be complete before the first week of camp in order to receive discounts. ** Offer not valid if registration takes place after June 3rd.




What age are the programs designed for?


The programs are designed for children ages 4-12.




Will you be offering before and after camp?


We will be offering before camp from 7:50 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., but we will not be able to offer after camp.




Is the Museum still having Summer Nature Camp?


Yes! We will have half-day sessions with approximately 5 campers per age group. We are following CDC and local and State recommendations. We are also monitoring local developments and will provide updates regarding any changes to Museum programs as soon as possible.




Why did we decide to do a half-day camp in the morning?


We reduced our camp hours to allow for additional cleaning and protective measures. After camp, every classroom and activity space will be thoroughly cleaned. As long as it is safe, we will provide our campers with a chance to explore outside and have fun. There is also less risk of contracting COVID-19 in an outdoor setting. Morning camps are also more appropriate for outdoor study and play during Texas summer months.




What is the refund policy?


Due to COVID-19, we are happy to offer refunds to those who want them should a camp be
cancelled, or a registration modified. We will also work with families experiencing a COVID-19 related issue to provide a refund or to transfer their registration to a different week.




How many campers will be in each class?


To ensure social distancing, to follow capacity regulations, and to ensure increased supervision, we are reducing our camp to half capacity, approximately 5 students per age group. Smaller class sizes allow us to ensure the safety and health of the campers. 4-7 year old age groups and 8-12 year old age groups will also not interact during the day in order to reduce exposures.




Will campers be required to wear masks?


No, we will encourage mask use but it is not required.




Will staff be required to wear masks?


Yes, all of our staff will be wearing masks. During camp hours, visitors to the Museum will also be required to wear masks. Classroom areas during camp hours, such as the Discovery Room, will be closed to Museum visitors.




How will you manage hand washing?


Each classroom will have hand sanitizer available for frequent use. We will also have three sinks available for camp use only; these sinks are separate from the public bathrooms. In addition, frequently touched areas will be disinfected on a regular schedule throughout the day.





 
HOURS

Tuesday - Saturday

10am - 5pm

LOCATION

3232 Briarcrest Drive

Bryan, Texas 77802​

Tel: (979) 776-2195

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