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Welcome to our Current Camps/Classes

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 2015
March 30-April 3, 2015
Now open
SUMMER CAMPS 2015
Weekly from June 15-August 21, 2015
Online registration opens
March 9, 2015
WINTER CAMPS 2015 
December 21-31, 2015
Online registration opens
October 2015
Nature Adventures Summer Camps 2015
Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 4-6
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Twinkle Twinkle 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 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 15-19, 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 20-24, 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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Jiggly, Squishy, Slimy Sea Creatures
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 15-19, 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 17-21, 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 22-26, 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 27-31, 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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My Toy Lab
Ages 4-6, Monday-Thursday, 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

June 29 -Jul 2, 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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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 worms to rocks to artifacts. 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

July 6-10, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 2 students

August 3-7, 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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Creepy Crawlies and Fleeting Fliers
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 eat like a butterfly. Watch how some creepy crawlies become fleeting fliers as they change form!

Location:
Museum

July 13-17, 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 17-21, 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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What's in the Ocean?
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Pretend you are exploring in the ocean, put on your "scuba" mask, and live the life of a marine biologist! Discover animals living in the ocean as we explore a kelp forest, a tide pool, and the sandy ocean floor. Learn about ocean life cycles, adaptations, and food webs as you investigate ocean creatures.

Location:
Sea Center

July 20-24, 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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Little Birders
Ages 4-6, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Learn about local birds as you hike around the Museum campus. Build a bird feeder to take home. Explore bird habitats, adaptations, and life cycles as you discover which birds visit the Museum during the summer. Keep track of the birds that come to our Backyard for a kids' bird count.

Location:
Museum

August 10-14, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 4 students
Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 6-9
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Bird Watch
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Venture into the Museum Backyard as you look for local birds. Take part in a mini bird count while watching the birds that visit the oak woodlands. Learn about local birds as you study adaptations, life cycles, and habitats.

Location:
Museum

June 15-19, 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 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 15-19, 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 6-10, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 5 students
   
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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 22-26, 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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Deep Dark Ocean
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Boldly explore the environment of the deep, dark ocean. Observe how glowing animals have adapted to the ocean depths. Discover how shrimp survive the extreme temperatures of hydrothermal vents. Study the diversity of deep ocean creatures as you investigate how these animals adapt, survive, and thrive.

Location:
Sea Center

June 22-26, 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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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, run in "gravity boots," sleep while standing up, and work 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 29 - July 2, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (4 day camp)
$192 Members, $204 Non-Members

Camp/Class is currently full.

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

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

Camp/Class is currently full.

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Shark Encounters
Ages 6-9, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Interview a shark! Explore the different shark adaptations and learn how important they are for survival. Take an in-depth look at teeth, body shape, coloration, eyes, tail, and fins. Discover the diversity of shark teeth and vertebrae as you study the fossilization process for sharks. Attend a "shark conference" as you create a shark model to share your ideas on this creature.

Location:
Sea Center

June 29 - July 2, 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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How Does It Work?
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

How many campers does it take to lift a camp instructor? Find out how using simple machines can help to achieve this goal. Dissect and discover how complex machines work to make our lives easier. Build a silly machine for an even sillier task: designing a zip line for the ultimate egg drop challenge!

Location:
Museum

July 6-10, 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

July 13-17; 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 17-21, 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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Megalodon and Mega Beasts
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Develop your paleontology skills by finding and excavating fossils of land and sea in our field lab. Build dinosaur models and examine them to learn how these "terrible lizards" looked, moved, and lived. Explore some ancient sharks by looking at fossils. Create fossil replicas of a shark and investigate why there are so few shark fossils. Discover how we can find out a shark's age from its backbone. Learn about the diversity of species, sizes, and adaptations.

Location:
Museum

July 13-17, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 1 students

August 17-21, 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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CSI: Mission Canyon
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Who left that footprint? Or dropped that feather? Who has the trickiest disguises and the sneakiest hiding places? Learn how certain adaptations allow animals to prowl and fly without detection, and how human skills compare. Develop your forensic skills by learning to read fingerprints, dissect owl pellets, and understand how insects help solve the Museum's greatest animal mysteries.

Location:
Museum

July 20-24, 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 10-14, 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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Crabby Claws and other Crustaceans
Ages 6-9, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Crawl like a crab, propel like a lobster, and swim like a shrimp. How do these ocean creatures adapt to their environments? Learn what it takes to survive and prosper in the wide ocean. Make crustacean models as you study their body parts, adaptations, and movements along the ocean floor.

Location:
Sea Center

July 27-31, 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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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 "dragon animals" and their habitats. Create crazy concoctions and clever contraptions worthy of a magical wizard.

Location:
Museum

July 27-31, 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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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. Use your own ideas to build a useful robot for a crazy challenge.

Location:
Museum

July 20-24, 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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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 27-31, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 4 students
   
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Spelunkamp
Ages 8-10, 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. Build a model cave to take home. Please note: there will be a rock climbing experience at SB Rock Gym. This camp has an additional $15 rock climbing fee.

Location:
Museum

August 3-7, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$255 Members, $270 Non-Members


space left: 5 students
Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 9-12
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Jr. Aquarist: Kelp Forest Story
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Become a member of the Sea Crew as you train to be an aquarist. Go behind the scenes at the Sea Center to investigate, care for, and feed exhibit animals. Venture out to a kelp forest with a SB Channelkeepers Naturalist. Work with scientists to create a special kelp forest exhibit to share with Sea Center visitors and share what you've learned about this habitat.

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

July 13-17, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$270 Members, $285 Non-Members


space left: 10 students
   
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Creatures in the Sand and Sea
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Get wet and get going on your way to becoming a marine scientist. Discover characteristics of tiny creatures 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

August 10-14, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 10 students
   
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Robot World
Ages 9-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Become a robot engineer as you apply your skills putting together hardware and software for your mechanical challenge. Learn to build your robot and maneuver it around a track. Create your own robot to conquer a challenging feat.

Location:
Museum

August 10-14, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 10 students
Nature Adventures Summer Camps: Ages 10-14
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Jr. Curator: Megalodon
Ages 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Discover what it takes to be a museum curator. Learn to examine specimens, cast shark fossils, and replicate shark teeth. Discover shark facts as you research the megalodon. Collect artifacts and build a discovery cart to educate others on this ferocious animal.

Location:
Museum

June 22-26, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$240 Members, $255 Non-Members


space left: 13 students
   
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Survival!
Ages 10-14, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Imagine you are parachuting into an inhospitable land. What would you do to survive? How would you adapt? Explore animal diversity and behavior, past and present, and discover how you would apply that knowledge to your survival. Build a habitat, discover edible plants, create a solar machine, and learn about the environment. Enjoy a hike along Santa Barbara hiking trails and explore the flora and fauna. Please note that parents will drop off and pick up at different Santa Barbara locations.

Location:
Museum

June 29 - July 2, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$192 Members, $204 Non-Members


space left: 6 students
   
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Marine Academy
Ages 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Investigate the world as a marine scientist. Find out why Marine Protected Areas are critical to ocean health and marine biodiversity. Discover marine animals living in the harbor as you explore it in a kayak. Dissect specimens, keep a field journal, and collect animals from plankton to sheep crabs.

Please note: this camp has an additional $30 kayaking fee.

Location:
Sea Center

July 6-10, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$270 Members, $285 Non-Members


space left: 7 students
   
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Whale Science
Ages 10-14, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Become a cetologist as you learn about whales. How do marine biologists tell whales apart? How does a mother whale know her calf? Learn about how a fluke's unique pattern is like that of a human fingerprint. Explore how a whale moves its tail as it swims in the ocean. Learn about the adaptations, life cycles, and diversity of whales. Get up close and personal to whales as you venture out on a whale watching trip.

Please note: this camp has an additional $60 whale watching fee.
Nature Adventures gratefully acknowledges Condor Express for supporting the whale watching trip for this camp.

Location:
Sea Center

August 3-7, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$300 Members, $315 Non-Members


space left: 14 students
 

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