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Vacation Camps and Programs

Vacation and summer camps

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Nature-based science fun with Fairbanks educators

Summer Fun

#Summer Discovery Camps (ages 4 - 8)

#Camp-in-a-Box (ages 5 - 10)

#STEM Camps (ages 12 - 16)

#Franklin's Guides (ages 12 - 16)

Summer Discovery Camps

Day camps inspire excitement and curiosity about the natural world for kids ages 4 - 5 and 6 - 8.register for discovery camp

  • Mon - Fri, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Fairbanks Museum members $135/child
  • non-members $150/child

Creature Features 

Over time, animals have evolved special features to help them catch their prey, stay safe from predators, and care for their babies. Campers will take a closer look at animal pelts, skulls and other bones to help explain how creatures have adapted to survive in a variety of different habitats. We will also journey into the museum to examine stuffed animals in our exhibit, Inside Out: Hidden Art in Natural History Collections. 

Locomotion Commotion

Why can't humans jump as far as a kangaroo or fly as fast as a peregrine falcon? We have the ability to swim and climb, but when it comes to moving around our world, there are some impressive skills that only non-human animals possess. This exciting week of camp will include fun movement activities, games and crafts to explore the different ways animals move in order to survive. 

  • NEW just added: Locomotion Commotion July 5 - 9 (ages 4 - 5)
  • Creature Features July 12 - 16 (ages 4 - 5) FULL
  • Locomotion Commotion July 19 - 23 (ages 4 - 5)
  • NEW just added: Creature Features July 26 - 30 (ages 6 - 8)
  • Creature Features Aug 9 - 13 (ages 6 - 8) FULL
  • Locomotion Commotion Aug 16 - 20 (ages 6 - 8) FULL

NEW: Ask Karina Weiss about extended day options and additional space in sessions that are currently fully enrolled! Thanks to support from Vermont Afterschool Summer Matters for All to expand the hours and capacity of our summer camps.

Summer Camp-in-a-Box

camp-in-a-boxThink outside the box with us! Our Summer Camp-in-a-Box is your invitation to discover the marvels of the outdoors through the lens of a naturalist. Work at your own pace to complete ten hands-on activities that lead you through observing nature, measuring how plants grow, and inspecting insects up close. Use binoculars to spot birds, dissect an owl pellet, and harness the power of the sun to build a solar oven! The exploration can continue endlessly as you use this box as a launching point to keep exploring your interests in the natural world.

Geared toward ages 5 to 10, our Summer Camp-in-a-Box will be available throughout the summer. Email Karina for more information!

Order your Summer Camp-in-a-Box today.

STEM Camps

Introduction to science research methodologies and practices for ages 12 - 16

  • Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • July 19 - 23
  • $300/student includes all materials
Centered in our state-of-the-art STEM Lab and guided in partnership with the NH Academy of Science, we’ll introduce topics that are essential for scientific research. This foundational program is for beginners and students with an interest in gaining new research skills and experience. We'll cover topics including scientific planning, instrument techniques, and analytic approaches that scientists use in an advanced ethically run research lab.

Drones and Robots Camp for ages 9-14

  • Mon - Fri, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • July 12 - 16, Aug 2 - 6 FULL
  • $300/student includes all materials

Campers will learn how to fly a drone safely, explore how drones are helping us protect the Earth, and find out how they are used to discover ancient lost cities! You don’t need any experience with coding to join. We will also be learning some of the languages used by robots and computers: Circuit Python, MakeCode, and Arduino! Each camper will also get to construct a real, re-programmable robot that they will get to take home and keep! If you could make your own robot, what would you want it to do?

Franklin's Guides

7-week service-learning experience for 12 - 16-year old students
June 28,-August 13

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is looking for engaged, mature students who are ready for the responsibilities of interacting with the public in a natural history museum setting. This program is designed to give students a chance to learn what it’s like to be a docent. If you enjoy science, history, animals, astronomy, and more, Franklin’s Guides is the right program for you.

Our Guides will spend time in the museum, classrooms, camps, and native butterfly house. They will greet visitors, interpret exhibits, educate, and assist with programs. June 28th through July 2nd will be an orientation week, where all guides will be trained on the different locations that they will be stationed throughout the summer. 
Students are expected to commit to a Monday- Friday weekly schedule, with their days starting at 10am and ending at 2pm. Upon successful completion of all 7 weeks of the summer, Franklin's guides will receive a stipend of $250. 

Requirements to be considered for the program:
  1. Student applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 16 years old.
  2. All sections in the application must be filled out for the application to be considered complete.
Please contact Karina Weiss to request an application.