CAMPS

 

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Greenville and Contentnea Creek welcomes all campers and strives to provide an incredible learning experience to every child registered for our camps. Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder as you join museum educators for fun activities, games, and crafts! We offer half-day and full-day, week-long camps ranging in topics from Astronomy to Zoology — so there’s something for everyone!

We remain committed to offering programs that illuminate and celebrate the natural world. While the 2020 Summer Camps season had to be canceled, we are continually exploring opportunities for programs that can be offered as our situation evolves in 2021. 

Summer Camp FAQ

For additional information and camp policies, please visit our Summer Camps Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

COVID-19

For Public Programs

All in-person programs will follow current state and federal health guidelines and apply a range of safety measures to mitigate health risks, including smaller class sizes, moving into larger rooms (if indoors), keeping participants a safe distance from each other and increasing sanitation efforts.

Please note that in-person programs are subject to change or cancellation depending on COVID-19 restrictions. A full refund would be provided in event of a cancellation.

Health and Safety

All campers and their families must comply with the protocols listed below to create a safe camp environment this summer. These protocols are subject to change as local, state and CDC guidelines are revised. Please understand that situations can change quickly. We appreciate your patience and flexibility.

 

  • Limited camp size – Our camps will operate at reduced capacities to allow for proper social distancing. Camp registration will open with 8 campers per session. If state guidelines allow, registration for camps may increase to 12 campers.
  • Masks or cloth face coverings are required, indoors and outdoors – Campers five years old and above are required to wear a cloth face covering, indoors and outdoors, that covers the nose and mouth, except when eating or drinking. Staff will follow the same protocol.
  • Health screening checklist – Daily, prior to arrival, guardians will review the symptom check list provided in the camp materials with their camper to confirm they can come onsite. Staff will follow the same protocol. If someone within a camper’s or staff person’s household exhibits any symptoms from the checklist, the camper and/or staff must stay home.
  • Drop-off and pick-up – Adults will be asked to remain in their cars during curbside drop-off and pick-up. Daily, during drop-off, the adult will be asked to verbally attest they have completed the health screening checklist before the camper comes onsite.
  • Hand washing and hand sanitizer – Hand washing and use of hand sanitizer will be required throughout the day including arrival and departure, before and after all activities, meals and use of the restroom.
  • Social distancing – Each camp will have a dedicated space. Contact with other camps or instructors will be limited.
  • Increased sanitizing and cleaning – Increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols will take place multiple times throughout the day.
  • Water fountains – Water fountains will not be available. Children will be able to refill their water bottles throughout the day in their classroom.
  • Camp guidance and protocols – Guardians will be updated on our current COVID-19 guidelines when camp packets are emailed in June, prior to the camp start date.
  • Symptoms of illness – Guardians will be notified immediately to pick up their child without delay if they exhibit symptoms of illness. If a camper or Summer Camps staff tests positive for COVID-19, NCMNS will notify guardians of campers that a positive test was confirmed as soon as the information becomes available to us.

Summer Science Camps

Full Day Camps

Space is the Place (grade: K-5)

June 14-18, 2021

Enjoy daily planetarium shows, create out of this world crafts, and explore the universe with our resident astrophysicist Bri the Sky Guy. Improve your knowledge on constellations and take a tour of the solar system!

Growing Minds (grade: K-5)

June 21-25, 2021

This plant-focused week is perfect for the camper that wants to get their hands dirty. We’ll be gardening and hiking while learning about native plant life and even cooking and tasting food from the garden!

Go Wild (grade: K-5)

June 28 – July 2, 2021

From butterflies to bears and snakes to starlings, we’ll be exploring wildlife of all sorts. Campers will learn about ecology, animal habitats, and other scientific topics related to the wildlife in Eastern NC.

Green Engineering (grade: K-5)

July 12-16, 2021

Campers hone their problem-solving skills through a series of design challenges throughout the week. We’ll explore questions of sustainability and encourage creative thinking and problem solving.

Outdoor Adventure (grade: 6-8)

July 19-23, 2021

Campers will deepen their kayak skills and explore the Contentnea Creek. This camp highlights the science behind popular outdoor recreation while leaving plenty of time for campers to adventure!

Space is the Place (grade: K-5)

July 26-30, 2021

Enjoy daily planetarium shows, create out of this world crafts, and explore the universe with our resident astrophysicist Bri the Sky Guy. Improve your knowledge on constellations and take a tour of the solar system!

Robotics Camps

Half Day Camps

Jr. Robotics Half Day (grade: 2-4)

July 12-16, 2021

This camp offers rising 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders a chance to design and build their very own  robots. Campers will develop skills in engineering and design. Pitt Pirate Robotics will mentor campers throughout the program, developing engineering and design skills within each student.

Lego Robotics Half Day (grade: 5-8)

July 19-23, 2021

This camp offers rising 5th-8th graders a chance to design and build their very own  robots. Campers will develop skills in engineering and design. Pitt Pirate Robotics will mentor campers throughout the program, developing engineering and design skills within each student.

Adv. Robotics Half Day (grade: 5-8)

July 26-30, 2021

The Advanced Robotics camp is designed for for rising 5th-8th graders who have already participated in a robotics camp to learn more advanced programming skills with the LEGO Mindstorm EV3 and VEX robots. Students will be introduced to arduinos and other programming devices.

729 Dickinson Avenue | Greenville, NC 27834 | 252.364.2862

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

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