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Nature Adventures™ offers classes, workshops, camps at the Museum and Sea Center for children ages 2–12 years to inspire a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world. This children's program is designed to provide children with opportunities to experiment, experience, and observe the natural world around them, while engaging in the scientific process. Pre-registration is required for most programs.

Click on the "ENROLL ONLINE" button to enroll your child in a camp/class.

SPRING CAMPS 2016 
March 28-April 1, 2016
Registration now open

SRING CLASSES 2016
Registration open mid March

SUMMER CAMPS 2016
Registration opens March 7, 2016
Nature Adventures Spring Break Camps 2016
Nature Adventures Spring Break Camps: Ages 4-6
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Squiggly, Slimy, Slippery
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Study the slippery, the slimy, and the messy at the Museum. Explore the tiny critters found in the human body and in animals. Experiment in making yucky mayhem and participate in the Great Loogie Contest. Hunt for scat, slimy snails, and wiggly worms. Participate in a snail race. Build an earthworm habitat. Watch as earthworms eat our trash and change it to earthly treasure!

Location:
Museum

March 28-April 1, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members


space left: 13 students

Nature Adventures Spring Break Camps: Ages 6-9
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Yucky Madness
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Investigate the slippery, the slimy and the messy. Explore the microscopic critters found in the human body and in animals. Experiment in making slimy concoctions and participate in the Great Loogie Contest. Hunt for scat, slimy snails, and wiggly worms. Participate in a snail race. Build an earthworm habitat. Watch as earthworms eat our trash and change it to earthly treasure!

Location:
Museum

March 28-April 1, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members


space left: 11 students

   
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Fintastic Slime
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Ever wonder why sea creatures are slimy? Ever felt the surface of seaweed? Explore the wonderfully gross and sometimes disgusting facets of the ocean. Dissect a squid, make fish prints, and hold a sea hare. Watch how a sea star eats its prey. Dissect shrimp gut and find out what they eat. Discover how an animal's form and function enable it to survive in the ever-changing ocean environment.

Location:
Sea Center

March 28-April 1, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members


space left: 13 students

Nature Adventures Spring Break Camps: Ages 9-12
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Gross Maximus
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Explore the wonderfully disgusting human body. Make fake blood and snot. Party out in Slime Fest and participate in snail races, loogie contests, and a horrible tasting/smelling challenge. Use your senses to solve "gross" mysteries! Use scientific instruments to examine gross critters and muck. Take part in animal dissections and explore digestive tracts from the outside in.

Location:
Museum

March 28-April 1, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members


space left: 14 students



Nature Adventures Summer Camps 2016
Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 4-6
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Dynamic Dinos
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Become a paleontologist and explore the world of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. Examine "dinosaur bones" to piece together a skeleton, excavate fossils, investigate clues to discover how dinosaurs once lived, and marvel at dinosaurs' modern descendants-birds!

Location:
Museum

June 13-17, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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July 25-29, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Mighty Sea Squirts
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Become a mighty sea squirt as you discover the wonders of marine life. Examine and touch a diverse world of marine animals that live in the ocean's intertidal zone. Discover squishy, jiggly, squirty marine invertebrates that call tide pools their home.

Location:
Sea Center

June 13-17, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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August 1-5, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Twinkling Wonders
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Venture into outer space as we explore the planets and stars! Learn what it takes to be an astronaut by building an astronaut suit and practicing astro-exercises. Design a rocket for blast off. Hear stories about constellations. Discover what it would be like to live on other planets.

Location:
Museum

June 20-24, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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July 18-22, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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I Love Dirt!
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

What mysteries are buried in our backyards? Time to get dirty! Uncover critters that live in the dirt. Learn how they change dead things into soil so plants can grow. Discover treasures from artifacts to rocks to worms. Get messy while exploring and squishing soil at Rocky Nook Park. Build a take-home garden, a bug habitat, and a rock sculpture.

Location:
Museum

June 27- July 1, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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August 1-5, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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My Toy Lab
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Create, experiment, and play! Create a variety of toys and explore the science behind them. Combine simple machines to build a tabletop pinball machine, test and improve recipes for modeling clay, and experiment with tops. Try your hand at architecture as you build tubular skyscrapers.

Location:
Museum

July 5-8; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (Four Day Camp)
$200 Members, $212 Non-Members

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Mini-Beasts
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Discover the incredibly diverse world of insects and bugs. Meet spiders that hunt, beetles that farm, and roly-poly garbage collectors. Have an insect party and try to sing like a cricket, dance like a bee, and drink like a butterfly. Watch how some mini-beasts change form!

Location:
Museum

July 11-15, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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August 15-19, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Ocean Superstars
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Discover an incredibly diverse world of animals living in the ocean. Study the marine world as you investigate how these ocean super star animals adapt, survive and thrive in the ocean. Become an ocean super star yourself as you dive deeper into learning about ocean animals.

Location:
Sea Center

July 25-29, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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August 15-19, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Natural Wonders
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Reveal your inner naturalist as you explore the Backyard, the Clubhouse, and the Curiosity Lab. Learn to catch an insect or a bug, find the perfect leaf, and listen to a bird call. Learn how to be a nature scientist and draw what you see. Draw, cast and print an animal track or a leaf. Find a favorite rock, study a special forest critter, and explore a unique habitat. Take a hike in our Backyard and play some nature games.

Location:
Museum

August 8-12, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 6-9
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3, 2, 1 Blastoff!
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Explore what it takes to be a space adventurer through spacesuit building and physical training, such as running in "gravity boots," sleeping while standing up, and working with floating objects. Design and build your own rocket for a journey into outer space. On your way to the moon, study the stars and other galaxies. When you land on the moon, take a giant leap for "kid kind."

Location:
Museum

June 13-17, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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August 8-12, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Bugs Alive
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Discover the incredibly diverse world of insects and bugs. Turn over a rock and dig in the dirt to reveal lively critters. Meet spiders that hunt, caterpillars that spin silk, and roly-poly garbage collectors. Have an insect party and try to sing like a cricket, dance like a bee, and eat like a butterfly. Study the life cycles and special abilities of backyard bugs.

Location:
Museum

June 13-17, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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July 18-22, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Kelp Forest Creatures
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Become a marine scientist as you learn about the different animals that call the kelp forest their home. Discover how kelp is used in a variety of products. Work each day creating a kelp forest habitat model to bring home at end of week. Please note: there will be a boat trip with SB Channelkeepers, weather permitting. Drop off at the docks and pick up at the Sea Center for that day.

Location:
Sea Center

June 20-24, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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July 11-15, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Wizarding 101: The Science behind the Magic
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Would you like to go to Wizarding School? Take a potions class and learn chemistry, study the stars, make a broom fly using static electricity, and study magical creatures. Then use all of your wizarding science skills to face a challenge that makes the O.W.L. exam look easy.

Location:
Museum

June 20-24, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Diving into Ocean Explorations
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Discover an incredibly diverse world of animals living in the ocean. Boldly study what some may call "scary ocean beasts" as you investigate how these marine animals adapt, survive and thrive deep in the ocean.

Location:
Sea Center

June 27- July 1, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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August 8-12, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Habitat Explorations
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Why do some animals life in different places and do so well? Discover how animals adapt to their habitats to survive and thrive. Create your own animal model, and learn how to help it succeed and survive in different environments. Will your animal survive in our community? Learn how your animal can survive in the tundra, the rainforest, and everywhere in between.

Location:
Museum

June 27- July 1, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Butterfly Investigations
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Discover the differences between moths and butterflies. Create beautiful models of a butterfly and a moth to take home. Learn about the different species in our Butterfly Pavilion. Study how these flying beauties undergo metamorphosis, use camouflage and migrate during the seasons.

Location:
Museum

July 5-8, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (4 Day Camp)
$200 Members, $212 Non-Members

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August 1-5, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Sci-Fi Science
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

In a museum not too far away, explore the fact and fiction of the science behind science fiction movies. Discover how objects can float, how light can bend (refract), and how robots are built. Build a hologram projection device to take home. Reach beyond the galaxies to observe twin stars, star systems and planets with multiple moons. Explore what is takes to live in other environments. Build models to explain the science behind the science fact or movie magic/fantasy.

Location:
Museum

July 5-8, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (4 Day Camp)
$200 Members, $212 Non-Members

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Crash, Bang Boom!
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Explode stuff. Make a mess. Catch a water balloon and try not to get wet. Build the strongest structure you can, and then test it against gale-force winds and powerful earthquakes. Devise clever tricks to shock your parents and impress your friends. Become a Master of Disaster and see how science holds the key to excitement!

Location:
Museum

July 11-15, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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August 15-19, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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SUE: A Paleo Adventure
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Develop your paleontology skills by finding and excavating fossils of land and sea. Build dinosaur models and examine them to learn how these dinosaurs looked, moved, and lived. Explore how a special T-rex named Sue can teach us so much about dinosaurs. Please note that parents will drop off and pick up at UCSB Paleo Lab and REEF, pending confirmation, on a day to be determined.

Location:
Museum

July 25-29, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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August 15-19; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Olympics Science
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

What does it take to win Olympic gold? Find out with hands-on experiments, investigations, and outdoor games. See how swimmers streamline to shave seconds off their race times. Dissect a chicken wing to investigate how muscle, tendons and bones work together. Discover how a gymnast uses center of gravity to keep her balance. Participate in the "torch run" to the Rose Garden and let the games begin!

Location:
Museum

August 8-12, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 9-12
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Marine Avengers
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Be a marine superhero to protect the ocean from harm. Use marine tools to gather ocean data and learn from the Sea Center aquarist about collecting marine life. Create a special science and art exhibit about El Nino's impacts on the Santa Barbara Channel that will be on display inside the Sea Center for public viewing. Families will be invited inside the Sea Center on Friday afternoon for a tour of the camp's exhibit.

Location:
Sea Center

July 18-22, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Birdology
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Take a bird watching excursion at the Museum to discover winged visitors on site. Investigate what forms and functions enable a bird to survive and thrive. Make close observations of birds and use your discoveries to identify birds at Rocky Nook Park and Lake Los Carneros. Become an ornithologist as you watch a bird, collect data, and sketch it in your field journal. Please note that parents will drop off and pick up one day at Lake Los Carneros.

Location:
Museum

August 1-5, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 8-10
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Robot Endeavors
Ages 8-10, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Explore how machines work, then build your own! Start by exploring the mechanics of simple machines and use those ideas to make a robot that moves and a device that grabs. Brainstorm ideas to build a useful robot for a crazy challenge.

Location:
Museum

July 11-15, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Rock Science
Ages 8-10, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

How was the Earth formed? What ancient forms of life can be found in fossils? What did prehistoric plants look like? Rocks hold the answers! Live the paleontologist's life by excavating fossils. Work like archaeologists and discover how artifacts reveal history's greatest stories. Continue the adventure into outer space to explore moon rocks and beyond! Please note: there will be a rock climbing experience at SB Rock Gym. This camp has an additional $15 rock climbing fee. Drop off and pick up location will be at Sea Center for this day during the week.

Location:
Museum

July 18-22, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$265 Members, $280 Non-Members

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Spa Science
Ages 8-10, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Discover the history and chemistry of spa science. Experiment with recipes blending natural and organic ingredients to make your own fresh spa products. Create your own secret formulas for candles, bath oils, fizzing potions, oatmeal soap, and lip balm! Relax with a yoga lesson and experience aromatherapy.

Location:
Museum

July 25-29, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 10-14
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SUE: A Paleo Marvel
Ages 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Develop your paleontology skills by finding and excavating fossils of land and sea. Build dinosaur models and examine them to learn how these dinosaurs looked, moved, and lived. Explore how a special T-rex named Sue can teach us so much about dinosaurs. Please note that parents will drop off and pick up at UCSB Paleo Lab and REEF, pending confirmation, on a day to be determined.

Location:
Museum

June 20-24, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Mission to Mars
Ages 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Imagine you are stranded on an inhospitable planet. What would you do to survive? How would you adapt? Build a space station. Create a solar machine. Learn about adapting to a hostile environment through role playing games. Explore how astronauts study the planet surface by simulating astro-tools.

Location:
Museum

June 27- July 1, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$250 Members, $265 Non-Members

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Marine Academy
Ages 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

See the ocean from the viewpoint of a marine scientist. Discover a variety of different oceanographic tools and animal collection methods that marine scientists use in studying ocean influences, marine life and climate change. Investigate ocean currents and your own strength as you kayak around the wharf. While on land and in the kayak, fine tune your birding identification and counting skills, and then afterwards sketch and illustrate drawings of marine birds to bring home. Please note: this camp has an additional $30 kayaking fee.

Location:
Sea Center

July 5-8, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (4 Day camp)
$280 Members, $295 Non-Members

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