Kids Camp Summer 19 Coming Soon

Registration for Kids Camp Summer Camp opens Friday, March 1.

Kids Camp Summer Camp!

The following are camp descriptions for summer 2019. Registration opens March 1! Don’t forget that Museum Members receive a 20 percent discount on all Kids Camps. Click here to become a Member. In order to access your Member discount, you must create an online account if you have not already done so. Click here to create an account.

CAMP PRICING
5-day camp: $206.25
5-day camp with before or after care: $262.50
5-day camp with before and after care: $294.00
3-day camp: $150.00
3-day camp with before or after care: $175.00
3-day camp with before and after care: $190.00

Members receive a 20 percent discount! Become a member today!

June 17-21
K-1: Treetop Adventures
Take to the trees! Learn about our trees, from top to bottom to those that call them home to which ones are native to our region.
2nd-3rd: What’s Inside?
Have you ever wondered what’s inside a mechanical stuffed toy, a fidget spinner, a golf ball or a baseball? What’s inside of an owl pellet, a geode, a flower or a fish? If you have, then this camp is for you! We’ll take apart natural items along with gadgets and toys to find out what makes them work.
4th-5th Forces of Nature
Investigate the forces of nature and explore the world’s most extreme weather phenomena! Each day we will design an experiment to test these destructive forces and examine how they shape life on Earth.

June 24-28
K-1: Bug Out!
Discover the amazing world of insects, snails, earthworms and more! Study their astounding variety and importance while exploring their life cycles and habitats. You’ll create insect-inspired art and music. You’ll “bee” an expert in all things creepy and crawly after this camp!
2nd-3rd: Shutterbugs
Spend the week exploring nature through the lenses of a camera. Capture the wonders of the Museum through photography. Rediscover your favorite scenes or species through a photographer’s eye.
4th-5th: Art of the High Desert
Spend the week appreciating all the beauty the High Desert Museum has to offer. From the landscapes to the animals to the art on the walls, each day we will focus on a different aspect of the museum and replicate its beauty in a variety of art styles including drawing, painting and sculpting with clay.

July 1-3 (3-day camp)
K-1: Under Construction
This camp will provide ample opportunities for children to gain an understanding of force, motion and the properties of materials. Using a wide range of resources in a variety of shapes and sizes, campers will strengthen problem-solving skills as they tackle an assortment of building and puzzle challenges. How can we make a structure balance? How do we make a bridge stronger? How do certain parts go together to make a whole? The possibilities are endless!
2nd-3rd: Discovering the Different Cultures of Oregon
Have you ever wondered how the cultures of the High Desert started? Participate in arts and crafts, discover the foods of the region and learn about the cultures of Native Americans, Chinese, Europeans and others who have shaped our area.
4th-5th: Wildlife Care
We all have favorite foods, but do animals too? Research and prepare diets for the animals of the Museum. Observe how they find food, if they share it and how they eat different meals. Compare teeth shape, chewing and swallowing methods, and unique digestive systems that allow various animals to eat what they do. What is nutritious to one is very different to another.

July 8-12
K-1: Splash!
Dive deep to find out who lives in the water and explore how water moves throughout our communities. Discover what you can do to help the mammals, reptiles and insects that call this resource home. Water science, art and play will be included every day!
2nd-3rd: River Explorers
Inspired by the exhibit Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West, campers will explore the watersheds of Oregon. Use scientific equipment to examine the health of the Museum’s stream and pond, conduct pollution experiments, make a pop bottle terrarium and design a large-scale map of the Deschutes River.
4th-5th: Water Wise
Test and compare water quality to help assess habitat for endangered Oregon spotted frog. Field trips include Ryan Ranch, the Deschutes River in the Old Mill and Little Lava Lake. Explore how water moves through a landscape and shapes habitat for creatures big and small.

July 15-19
K-1: Mammal Ramble
We’ll ramble along Museum trails looking for furry animals, from deer and squirrels to foxes and mice. Along the way, campers will learn to look for signs of wildlife, such as tracks, droppings and chews, and they will discover the differences between plant-eaters and meat-eaters.
2nd-3rd: Artful Science
Art and science go hand in hand in this week of exploration. We’ll learn about soil science as we create works of art, investigate plants while creating flower paintings and go on a color scavenger hunt. Campers will also study engineering and the design process, make magic milk and explore nature.
4th-5th: STEM Adventure for Girls*
Do you enjoy science, technology, engineering and math? Do you also enjoy exploring the outdoors? Dive into the world of STEM beyond the indoor laboratory. Explore the geology of Central Oregon and collect field data. Discover the mechanics of pulleys and then experience a real-life application at the Bend Rock Gym. Participate in daily engineering design team challenges. *This is a camp primarily for anyone identifying as a girl (by any definition), gender nonbinary, or gender nonconforming.

July 22-26
K-1: Treetop Adventures
Take to the trees! Learn about our trees, from top to bottom to those that call them home to which ones are native to our region.
2nd –3rd: What’s Inside?
Have you ever wondered what’s inside a mechanical stuffed toy, a fidget spinner, a golf ball or a baseball? What’s inside of an owl pellet, a geode, a flower or a fish? If you have, then this camp is for you! We’ll take apart natural items along with gadgets and toys to find out what makes them work.
4th-5th: Forces of Nature
Investigate the forces of nature and explore the world’s most extreme weather phenomena! Each day we will design an experiment to test these destructive forces and examine how they shape life on Earth.

July 29-August 2
K-1: Bug Out!
Discover the amazing world of insects, snails, earthworms and more! Study their astounding variety and importance while exploring their life cycles and habitats. You’ll create insect-inspired art and music. You’ll “bee” an expert in all things creepy and crawly after this camp!
2nd-3rd: Shutterbugs
Spend the week exploring nature through the lenses of a camera. Capture the wonders of the Museum through photography. Rediscover your favorite scenes or species through a photographer’s eye.
4th-5th: Art of the High Desert
Spend the week appreciating all the beauty the High Desert Museum has to offer. From the landscapes to the animals to the art on the walls, each day we will focus on a different aspect of the museum and replicate its beauty in a variety of art styles including drawing, painting and sculpting with clay.

August 5-9
K-1: Under Construction
This camp will provide ample opportunities for children to gain an understanding of force, motion and the properties of materials. Using a wide range of resources in a variety of shapes and sizes, campers will strengthen problem-solving skills as they tackle an assortment of building and puzzle challenges. How can we make a structure balance? How do we make a bridge stronger? How do certain parts go together to make a whole? The possibilities are endless!
2nd-3rd: Discovering the Different Cultures of Oregon
Have you ever wondered how the cultures of the High Desert started? Participate in arts and crafts, discover the foods of the region and learn about the cultures of Native Americans, Chinese, Europeans and others who have shaped our area.
4th-5th: Wildlife Care
We all have favorite foods, but do animals too? Research and prepare diets for the animals of the Museum. Observe how they find food, if they share it and how they eat different meals. Compare teeth shape, chewing and swallowing methods, and unique digestive systems that allow various animals to eat what they do. What is nutritious to one is very different to another.

August 12-16
K-1: Splash!
Dive deep to find out who lives in the water and explore how water moves throughout our communities. Discover what you can do to help the mammals, reptiles and insects that call this resource home. Water science, art and play will be included every day!
2nd-3rd: River Explorers
Inspired by the exhibit Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West, campers will explore the watersheds of Oregon. Use scientific equipment to examine the health of the Museum’s stream and pond, conduct pollution experiments, make a pop bottle terrarium and design a large-scale map of the Deschutes River.
4th-5th: Water Wise
Test and compare water quality to help assess habitat for endangered Oregon spotted frog. Field trips include Ryan Ranch, the Deschutes River in the Old Mill and Little Lava Lake. Explore how water moves through a landscape

August 19-23
K-1: Mammal Ramble
We’ll ramble along Museum trails looking for furry animals, from deer and squirrels to foxes and mice. Along the way, campers will learn to look for signs of wildlife, such as tracks, droppings and chews, and they will discover the differences between plant-eaters and meat-eaters.
2nd-3rd: Artful Science
Art and science go hand in hand in this week of exploration. We’ll learn about soil science as we create works of art, investigate plants while creating flower paintings and go on a color scavenger hunt. Campers will also study engineering and the design process, make magic milk and explore nature.
4th -5th: Moon Landing
Help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by building a model of the moon, launching rockets and even creating edible rockets. Learn about the history of the moon landing and the progression of space vehicles, and challenge your friends to the highest liftoff.