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Welcome to our Current Camps/Classes

Nature Adventures™ offers classes, workshops, camps, and overnights 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.

Camp/Class Offerings:
Nature Adventures Summer Camps 2014
Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 4-6
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Star Wonders
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Venture into outer space as we explore the planets and stars. Learn about what it takes to be an astronaut by building your own 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 16-20, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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Mighty-Mighty Sea Squirts
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Become a mighty-mighty sea squirt as you discover the wonders of marine life both inside the Sea Center and along the seashore. Explore the squirting, jiggling, and amazing things aquatic animals do. Uncover the mysteries of our local aquatic marine life. Discover treasures that await you during daily beach explorations.

Location:
Sea Center

June 16-20, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.

July 21-25, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.

August 18-22, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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Build It, Move It, Test It!
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Build impossible roller coasters, fast cars, amazing flying machines, and towering skyscrapers. Experiment with different materials and designs as you try to overcome friction and defy gravity. Learn to engineer incredible masterpieces that can withstand the forces of nature!

Location:
Museum

June 23-27, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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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 30 - July 3, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$192 Members, $204 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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Butterflies and Flutterbys
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Learn about the life cycle and habitats of a butterfly. See many different kinds of butterflies in our Pavilion. Look at a moth and see how it is different from a butterfly. Build a butterfly feeder and see what kinds of food they like to eat. Explore other fluttering insects (bees and beetles) on our Museum grounds.

Location:
Museum

July 7-11, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.

August 11-15, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 2 students
   
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Animal Grossology
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Hunt for yuckies at the Museum and study slippery, slimy masses. Explore some of the yuckies that can be found in the human body as well as in animals. Experiment in making gross mayhem and participate in the Great Loogie Contest. Closely examine scat, snails, and worms. Build an earthworm habitat and create a composting bin to see how earthworms change our trash into earthy goodness!

Location:
Museum

July 14-18, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 6 students
   
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Little Pebbles, Big Boulders
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Put on your hard hat and live the life of a geologist! Discover how volcanoes make mountains, how water forms valleys, and how rocks help us find oil. Then explore the boulders at Rocky Nook Park and take a journey along the bed of Mission Creek to find rocks of all shapes and sizes.

Location:
Museum

July 21-25, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 5 students
   
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Amazing Human Body
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Learn about the five senses and the different parts of the human body. Build a skeleton, make models to find out how lungs work, and listen to your heart as it pumps blood through your body. Explore what happens to food as you eat and digest it.

Location:
Museum

July 28 - August 1, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 9 students
   
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Digging Dirt
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

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

Location:
Museum

August 4-8, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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Pee Wee Naturalist
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Get up close and personal with Santa Barbara's wildlife! Spend a week living the life of a naturalist. Witness the life cycles of insects in The Museum Backyard, discover a flower with special powers of attraction, hike along a trail from Rocky Nook Park, and rock hop along the Mission Creek. Observe woodland critters coming out to play as we explore a variety of local habitats!

Location:
Museum

August 18-22, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 6 students
Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 6-9
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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 16 - 20, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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Natural Inspirations
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Think you're smarter than Mother Nature? Study the challenges animals face in their natural environments and consider, "How would we survive in that environment?" Investigate how scientists find inspiration in nature and use it to invent everyday products and far-out technology. Develop your own nature-inspired creations.

Location:
Museum

June 16-20, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 12 students
   
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SpelunKamp
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Explore the science of cave environments. Learn how stalagmites and stalactites grow. What creatures live in this dark environment? Discover the different ways animals use caves and adapt to their dark surroundings. Take home a model cave filled with the science you learned during your explorations.

Location:
Museum

June 23-27, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 5 students

August 4-8, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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Walk on the Wild Side
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Not all marine animals swim! Learn about the variety of animals that walk along the seafloor and the seashore. Hike around the Mission Creek estuary in search of feathers and footprints. Learn about the variety of invertebrates that get around on tube feet, tentacles and claws. Discover a nation of crustaceans that walk on the wild side. Please note: drop off and pick up location will be at the SBMNH on Friday.

Location:
Sea Center

June 23-27, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.

July 28 - August 1, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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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 arachnids. Meet spiders that hunt, caterpillars that spin silk, and roly-poly garbage collectors. Have an insect party and try singing like a cricket, dancing like a bee, and eating like a fly. Study the life cycles and special abilities of backyard bugs. No bones about it, these creepy crawlies are some of the most fascinating creatures on Earth!

Location:
Museum

June 30 - July 3 , 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$192 Members, $204 Non-Members


space left: 1 students

July 28 - August 1, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 9 students
   
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Coastal Treasures
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Close to the mainland, but worlds apart, the marine animals that reside in the waters around the Santa Barbara Channel Islands are coastal treasures that help maintain healthy ecosystems. Voyage aboard Lil Toot to spy on pelicans, visit SBMNH to discover how the Chumash navigated the ocean and learn about the diversity of animals that call the Channel Islands their home. Please note: drop off and pick up location will be at SBMNH for one day during the week.

Location:
Sea Center

June 30- July 3, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$192 Members, $204 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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Wizarding 102: The Sequel
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Take wizarding to the next level. Learn the secrets of turning copper to gold, levitating a train, and morphing flat shapes into 3D objects. Discover the world of dragons and their habitats. Create crazy concoctions and clever contraptions worthy of a magical wizard.

Location:
Museum

July 7-11, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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Dino Encounters
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Develop your paleontology skills by finding and excavating fossils in our field lab. Build dinosaur models and examine them to learn how these "terrible lizards" looked, moved, and lived. Meet a paleontologist and learn about her field adventures.

Location:
Museum

July 7-11, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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Ancient Science
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Become an archaeologist and uncover the mysteries of our past. Learn the skills that helped scientists understand Neanderthal tools, Mesopotamian soap, and Egyptian pyramids and mummies. Travel through time to experiment with the scientific discoveries and inventions that spanned human history and shaped our world.

Location:
Museum

July 14-18, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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Insect Adventures
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Crawl like a pillbug, fly like a dragonfly, float like a water strider. How do these bugs adapt to their environments? Venture into the compost pile, the creek, and under rocks to find out how these fascinating insects live, move, and grow.

Location:
Museum

July 14-18, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 9 students
   
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Wings of Flight
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Butterflies do it. Bats do it. Helicopters, hot air balloons, kites, and planes do it. But how do they do it? Observe flying animals and experiment with flying machines. Learn the science of flight dynamics and create your own flying wonders. Discover how the bone structure of a bird wing helps the bird fly. Examine a wind turbine to see how the shape of a wing affects its power. Test your theories of flight by building your own planes.

Location:
Museum

July 21 - 25, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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Human Body Wonders
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Learn about how your five senses work together to help you taste, smell, feel, hear and see. Find out how your bones are put together. Create models of the organs in your body to see how they work. Count your heart rate before and after you exercise. Explore the different systems in the human body that create a natural wonder… YOU!

Location:
Museum

August 11-15, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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Perfect Homes
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Explore the habitats in our Museum woodlands. Do all bird nests look the same? How do different birdhouses fit different birds? Build a birdhouse for a specific type of bird. Discover the different ways birds eat and build a bird feeder to take home. Look for burrowing animals and discover how their homes are built. Study an ant farm, a worm bin and a roly-poly habitat.

Location:
Museum

August 11-15, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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Butterflies and Moths
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 migration during the seasons.

Location:
Museum

August 18-22, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
   
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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

August 18-22, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

Please call 682-4711 X171 to be added to a waitlist.
Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 8-10
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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!

Location:
Museum

July 21-25, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 7 students
   
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Rock Hounds
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! Rock Hounds will live the paleontologist's life by excavating fossils. They'll work like archaeologists, discovering how artifacts reveal history's greatest stories. They will continue the adventure into outer space to explore moon rocks and beyond!

Location:
Museum

July 28 - August 1, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 9 students
   
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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! We'll start by exploring the mechanics of simple machines and use those ideas to make a robot that moves and a device that grabs. You'll use your own ideas to build a useful robot for a crazy challenge.

Location:
Museum

August 4-8, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 3 students
Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 9-12
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Aquatic Collections
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Aquatic Collections (SC) Get wet and get going on your way to becoming a marine scientist. "Seas the day" as you board Lil Toot, voyaging in search of ocean wonders. Discover characteristics of invertebrates and fish as you fine tune your knowledge of the Sea Center's live aquatic collections. Go on a behind the scenes tour inside SBMNH's Collections and Research Center. Make a splash along the shore as you collect marine samples. Please note: drop off and pick up location will be at SBMNH for one day during the week.

Location:
Sea Center

July 7-11, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 10 students

August 11-15, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 11 students
Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 10-14
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Stewards of the Forest: Grizzly Bears and Local Owls
Ages 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Chumash once lived among a population of over 10,000 Grizzly Bears in California. They competed for the same territory and food sources. Imagine how you might successfully compete with the powerful grizzly bears. Become an expert on the lifestyle of local owls and mimic their sounds. Collect research and build a discovery cart to educate others on these amazing animals... the Grizzly Bear and local owls!

Location:
Museum

June 23-27, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 15 students
   
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Jr. Naturalist
Ages 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Explore the world around you through the eyes of a naturalist. Learn about local habitats and natural resources and examine the invasive species that may threaten them. What can we do to help? Take a hike around Coal Oil Point to explore the flora and fauna. Please note that parents will drop off and pick up at Coal Oil Point one day during camp.

Location:
Museum

June 30 - July 3, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$192 Members, $204 Non-Members


space left: 15 students
   
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Ocean Navigators
Ages 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Go full steam ahead as you test your strength and determination while kayaking around the harbor. Discover how the Chumash crossed the SB Channel and then make your own model of a Chumash tomol. Investigate the diversity of animals that call the Channel Islands their home and explore reasons why Marine Protected Areas are critical to ocean health. Please note: this camp has an additional $30 kayaking fee.

Location:
Sea Center

July 14 - 18, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$270 Members, $285 Non-Members


space left: 14 students

August 4-8, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$270 Members, $285 Non-Members


space left: 14 students
 

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