Camps & Classes

Learn more about our science-based camps for all ages, tinkering family workshops, and our special programs with the Girl Scouts.

Summer Camp

Registration Dates

 January 23, 2017, 9:00am Supporting Member Presale 
 January 25, 2017, 9:00am Explorer Member Presale 
 February 8, 2017, 9:00am Open Registration

Summer can’t get here fast enough! Encounter animals. Concoct experiments. Build robots. No matter what your kids do, every day of summer will be packed full of adventure, excitement, and opportunities to explore science and know wonder.

Our camps embrace hands-on learning, where campers explore science and embrace it as a way of knowing.

For 2017:

  • Join us for a weeklong science experience, with camp days from 9am-3pm.
  • Extended care options available before and after camp
  • Two camp locations offered, at both the Museum (Durham) and in Chapel Hill
  • Camps offered for ages 4 through Grade 8
  • Afternoon curbside pickup from 3:00-3:15pm!

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Page, or call our Reservations Staff at (919) 220-5429 ext. 313. For more information, email us at

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School's Out Camps

Day Camps

  • Science Magic Day Camp (Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th, 2016)
  • Space Explorers Day Camp (Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th, 2016)
  • Engineer It! Day Camp (MLK Day, Monday, January 16th, 2017)
  • For ages 4–Grade 5
  • Day Camp runs from 9am-5pm. Campers may arrive any time between 8-9am.
  • Day Camp Price: $70 Members; $80 Nonmembers

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Fall Track Out Camp: Hideaway Adventures!

  • Monday-Friday, September 26-30, 2016
  • Join us for a week of science fun during Fall DPS intersession! Spend the week exploring our 84-acre science park and investigating the amazing changes nature experiences as the seasons shift. Meet live animals, learn about adaptations for colder temperatures, and discover the amazing colors of fall foliage! Campers will spend time exploring and conducting hands-on activities in our Hideaway Wood exhibit, along with in-depth investigations in our classrooms and throughout the Museum.
  • For ages 4–Grade 5
  • Camp Day is from 9am-3pm. Extended care options available: $20 morning care (8-9am), $40 afternoon care (3-5:30pm)
  • Camp Prices for the week: $290 Members; $320 Nonmembers

Spring Break Camp: Animal Adventures!

  • Two sessions offered: Monday-Friday, March 27-31, 2017 and April 10-14, 2017
  • Join us for a week-long camp offered to meet your camper's spring break schedule! Is your child curious about everything in the animal kingdom? Your camper will soar through the study of flight science and delve into the details of camouflage. Meet live animals who live at the Museum, explore different techniques our Animal Keepers use every day, and discover what animals need to stay healthy.
  • For ages 4–5th Grade
  • Camp Day is from 9am-3pm. Extended care options available: $20 morning care (8-9am), $40 afternoon care (3-5:30pm)
  • Camp Prices for the week: $290 Members; $320 Nonmembers

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For All School's Out Camps

  • Purchase Box Lunches: Box lunches are available for all Museum camps. Additions can be made during registration, or by calling our Reservations Office at (919) 220-5420 ext. 313.
  • Appropriate Ages: Four-year-olds much reach their 4th birthday by the first day of the camp you've registered for (proof of age may be required). All campers must be potty trained and able to use the bathroom independently prior to starting camp.
  • Schedule changes: Once your registration has been processed, all changes must be made 7 days in advance of the Camp starting date for a refund. A $30.00 fee will be charged for all changes.
  • Extenuating Circumstances: The Museum reserves the right to cancel a program one week before the start of the session due to insufficient registration, inclement weather, or other extenuating circumstances. In this instance, participants will receive a full refund. Please allow 7-10 business days to process a refund.
  • Clothing, Shoes, and Snacks: Please dress your child in comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes for indoor and outdoor Museum exploration. Please send your child with a morning and afternoon snack, lunch, water bottle, and an extra change of clothes.

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts, try any of our badge-aligned programs created just for you! Explore hands-on experiments with one of our day programs, or spend a night at the museum as you investigate science during our overnighters.

Spring 2017 Programs

  • Home Scientist workshop, Saturday, March 4th (Brownies)
  • Letterboxing Workshop, Saturday, March 18th (Brownies)
  • Overnight at the Museum: Geocaching, Friday, April 21st –April 22nd (Juniors)
  • LEGO Robotics Workshop, Saturday, May 6th (Daisies)
  • Hours and pricing varies by program. Please refer to the Museum calendar or Girl Scout Website for details.

Please note that registration for these programs takes place through Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. Questions should be directed to Girl Scout Program Director.

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Homeschool Program

With homeschool classes, we foster curiosity in the world around us, and the use of science as a tool for exploring that world. Our educators utilize the Museum’s 84-acres of indoor and outdoor learning environments as a platform for inquiry-based and project-oriented activities and carefully promote an environment of discovery using first hand experience as our primary teacher.

Questions should be directed to Bjorn Hennings, Homeschool Program Director.

Check out Our Homeschool Classes Here


Call (919) 220-5420 ext. 313 for questions or assistance in registering for our programs. For more information, email us at

Members receive UNLIMITED admission all year long!