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Vacation Camps and Programs

Vacation and summer camps

Vacation Destination

Nature-based science fun with Fairbanks educators

We're hopeful that science will help us contain Covid-19 and keep all campers and staff healthy. Until the spread of this virus is under control, all campers and staff members will be required to wear masks at all times during camps. Everyone is required to be vaccinated or to be tested every day. If a camper or staff member shows any symptoms of sickness (cough, fever, congestion), please stay home. We appreciate your help in keeping this virus from spreading.

We are optimistic about the health of our campers and educators. If we have to cancel this program before it begins because of a rise in Covid-19 infections, all payments will be refunded in full.

Summer Fun

Summer Discovery Camps (ages 4 - 8)

Drones & Robots (ages 9 - 14)

STEM Camps (ages 12 - 16)

Franklin's Guides (ages 12 - 16)

register for discovery campSummer Discovery Camps

Oceans, Astronomy, and Dinosaurs!

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

Discovery Camps are based in our Balch Nature School. Each week-long session introduces aspects of the natural world and encourages campers to be curious, confident, life-long learners. Sessions are divided by age and theme.

Mon - Fri, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fairbanks Museum members $135/child ♦ Non-members $150/child

Ages 4 - 5

  • June 27 - July 1: Under the Sea FULL
  • July 5 - 8: Up in Space FULL
  • July 11 - 15: Back in Time FULL

Ages 6 - 8

  • July 25 - 29: Under the Sea FULL
  • August 1 - 5: Up in Space FULL
  • August 8 - 12: Back in Time FULL

All Discovery Camp sessions are full. Please contact Karina Weiss to be placed on a waiting list or to learn about additional camp sessions.

Drones & Robots

From yesterday’s science fiction to today's science facts, we live in a world where robots are already a part of our everyday lives. Wouldn’t you like to learn how to make a robot yourself? Each camper will construct a real, re-programmable drone that they will get to take home and keep! If you could make your own robot, what would you want it to do? Come find out what you can make with some imagination and the skills you’ll learn with us!

Introduction to Drones & Robots - FULLdrones and robots

  • Ages 9 - 13
  • June 27 - July 1
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • $280/student (members) | $300/student (non-members)
You don’t need any experience with coding to join us, but we will also be learning some of the languages used every day by robots and computers. 

Drones & Robots 2.0 (Only for returning campers who did Drones & Robots camp last year)

  • For ages 10 - 14
  • July 5 - 8 (please note this is a 4-day week)
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • $220/student (members) | $240/student (non-members)
For campers who joined us for Drones & Robots last summer and want more! This week will offer more advanced programming and coding with the same focus on building your very own programmable drone to take home. register now

STEM Camps

These programs take place in our STEM Lab in partnership with the New Hampshire Academy of Science. Scholarships are available through the NH Academy of Science.

Introduction to Scienctific Research

Ages 12 - 16

  • July 18 - 22, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • $750/student includes all materials (scholarship support is available from the NH Academy of Science)

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. 

Applied Scientific Research

Ages 12 - 18

  • July 25 - August 12, (Mon - Fri) 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • $3,050/student includes all materials (scholarship support is available from the NH Academy of Science)

This three-week intensive STEM Lab course aims to train participants in basic scientific best practices and methods in a professional lab setting. With these skills students will work with advanced scientific instrumentation and the model organism, C. elegans preforming an investigation that tests a specific hypothesis. Students will develop their own projects and can work individually or in groups up to three students. The program is aimed at students who are in grade 8 through 12 and have a serious interest in performing authentic scientific research. Research is supported by experienced PhD faculty through our partnership with the New Hampshire Academy of Science. An oral presentation and technical writing piece will be required as a culmination of the three-week investigation. Additional time will be offered later in the summer to either extend student research or work with our scientists to prepare a paper for peer-review.

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Franklin's Guides

8-week docent program for 12- 16-year olds

June 20 - Aug 12, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Monday-Friday)

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. The first wekk will be an orientation, when 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 10:00 AM and ending at 4:00 PM. Upon successful completion of all 8 weeks of the summer, Franklin's guides will receive a stipend of $300. 

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.