Vacation & Summer Programs
Discovery Camp 2018: Energy
We'll explore energy all around us and discover its many forms and amazing properties. 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 space.
- Hours: 9:00AM - 12:00PM, with extended day option to 3:00 PM
- $125/student/week, extended day $20/day or $100/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.
- Birthday cut off is February 1, 2014 for students ages 4 or younger
Camp Week of July 9-13: You Are What You Eat (Ages 4-5)-- 3 Spaces Left
- Get caught up in the food web this summer! Animals and plants, predators and prey, all live somewhere along the food-chain. Through storytime, crafts, and games, campers will uncover who eats who in our fast-paced world!
Camp Week of July 16-20: Solar Powered Animals (Ages 4-5) -- 7 Spaces Left
- Why do turtles bask on logs? How do desert foxes stay cool? How do VT birds keep warm on a cold winter night? Whether it is gathering the sun’s energy or using your ears as a personal air conditioner, different animals use a variety of methods to regulate their body temperature. During this week, campers will explore the various ways animals warm up and cool down.
Camp Week of July 30-August 3: Energy in Motion (Ages 6-8)-- FULL
- Have you ever wondered how a roller coaster works? How about a rubber band? Or a slinky? This exciting week of camp will answer these questions and many more as we explore potential and kinetic energy through fun experiments and activities! Come build a miniature toy car with us and challenge your new camp friends to a downhill race!
Camp Week of August 6-10: Powered by the Earth (Ages 6-8) -- 4 Spaces Left
- Our world is an unlimited source of power. From the sun to the wind, to the heat from inside the earth itself, we can draw energy to power our lights, keep our homes warm, and drive our cars. During this camp week, we will learn about various types of renewable energy and how we can sustainably harness the power of the natural world!
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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