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Vacation & Summer Programs

Summer Educational Offerings: 

Discovery Camp 2019: Building & Construction

We'll explore how both animals and people construct things from nests and homes to creating communities to accomplish things such as bees and hives. Activities are geared for kids, with plenty of play. Fairbanks Museum Discovery Camps make use of the Balch Nature School facility, Fairbanks Museum galleries, planetarium and outdoor spaces such as the butterfly house.

The basics:

  • Hours: 9:00AM - 12:00PM, with extended day option to 3:00 PM                              
  • $130/student/week, extended day $25/day or $125/week
  • Sibling discount and multiple week discount of 20%
  • Campers must bring their own lunch, snack, and water bottle each day 
  • 12 students per week maximum. 6 campers in the extended day maximum. 

Additional Camp Information 

For any questions, please contact Leila Nordmann.​​​


The museum's education staff works with RecFit's KampIWannaHavFun throughout the summer. If you are interested in that specific program, please register here

Franklin's Guides

For students ages 11-15. A maximum of 15 students are allowed but 12 is optimal number for the program. Interviews will follow once we receive your application to determine fit with our Guides program. 

2018 summer session is now closed to new applicants. We are currently interviewing all who applied by the May 31st deadline. 

About the program
Franklin's Guides is a student docent training program where students are ambassadors of the Museum and represent the spirit of Franklin Fairbanks when he dedicated his collections to the people of St. Johnsbury.  Franklin's Guides discover and research exhibits of their choice, then provide short tours or presentations to the public based on those exhibits.

Guides receive mentoring and support from our education team to practice their research, presentations, and public speaking skills. In return, they offer creative perspectives and new ideas that help us keep our interpretations of the collections fresh. This provides both the students and our visitors a closer look at our displays and collections.

What to expect as a Franklin's Guide

Our Guides will spend time on the main floor running existing programs, but also producing their own presentations to the public. They will have the Guides Coordinator, Museum Educators, and experts in various fields as a resource throughout the summer. The Franklin's Guides schedule runs between Monday - Friday, from 10am - 2pm, and students will be expected to commit to at least one day a week to perform presentations. We also have our Thursday Field Trips, from 2pm - 5pm which are optional, but tons of fun for us to get together for summer adventures!

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