After School Camps

Meet, move, and learn in person at the Museum!

AFTER SCHOOL CAMPS FOR KIDS IN GRADES K - 5 

After School Camps get brains and bodies moving after a day of remote learning! Campers will learn and play as they experiment, create, build, and ask questions while developing a passion for science in sessions led by experienced educators. 

2 p.m. - 5 p.m. / $250 member, $275 nonmember 

Registration opens Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.
Camp groups and spots limited.
All campers must be 5 at time of their camp start date.

Scholarships are Available!

If you qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch, you may qualify for a scholarship that covers 50% or 100% of your camp fees. Scholarship registration is by phone only starting Sept. 8, call Guest Services at 303.370.6000, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Wait list for After School Camps

Didn’t get a spot in our new half day camps? Sign up for our waitlist! Waitlist spots are limited for each grade and are a great way to hold a spot if space becomes available. Waitlist spots are per individual, and must be reserved per camper. Those registered for the waitlist are required to complete their CAMPER REGISTRATION FORM, as listed in the policy below, to hold their spot and be placed into camps. Once your forms are approved, they will be saved in our system for the next 12 months, speeding up future camp registrations. 

Qualify for scholarship? Call us before joining the waitlist to see if spots are still available. Call Guest Services at 303.370.6000, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

DMNS Camp Safety

To help campers stay healthy we will have set times for washing hands, including when campers arrive at the Museum, before and after eating food, after using the toilet, and touching items or surface that may be frequently touched by other people.

Group Size
Capacity for each camp is currently at ten campers. Once groups of ten or less are formed, the group will remain together for the entirety of the week.  As much as possible, groups will be kept separate when indoors.

Face Coverings
We are adhering to all CDC, CDPHE and DPH guidelines around face coverings. At this time, campers and staff will be asked to wear face coverings throughout the day. We understand some children may not be able to wear a face covering due to health considerations and will work with families to determine if their child can safely attend camp in these situations.

Face coverings will be removed during snacks.   

Physical Distancing
Children and staff will maintain physical distance (6 ft), as much as possible.  Rooms and activities will be set-up to naturally support this distancing.

Hand Washing
To help campers stay healthy we will have set times for washing hands, including when campers arrive at the Museum, before and after eating food, after using the toilet, and touching items or surface that may be frequently touched by other people. 

Read more about what the Museum is doing to keep our guests safe here.

DMNS Camp Registration Form Policy

Coming Soon: Check out our updated After School Camp Policies and Procedures.

Once you have purchased your camp(s), you will receive an email from DMNS Online Ticketing Sales with an invitation to complete a CAMPER REGISTRATION FORM. To complete your registration form, you will need information required of all State-Licensed child care programs.  Each child you registered will need one form filled out, regardless of how many camps they will be attending. We encourage you to have your form completed at least two weeks before the camp start date to allow plenty of time for review and any necessary edits.   

To ensure that your child has a great experience at camp and for their safety, any Camper Registration Forms not submitted for review or marked “Approved” one week prior to the upcoming registered camp date will have their camp registration for the purchased week forfeited without refund. The purchaser of the camp will be responsible for the completion of any and all registration forms. 

If your child(ren) attend public schools in the state of Colorado, there is a good chance that we already have access to their updated immunization forms in the correct format.  We will not need immunizations from your camper(s).  If your campers are coming from out of state, or do not attend public schools, we will need this information before they can start camp.  You will be notified if we require you to submit your immunization records via your Camper Registration Form. 

September 21–25

Paleo (Dino) Camps

Grades K–1

Fossil Finders

Travel back in time and learn how life has changed over billions of years. Visit Prehistoric Journey, study and “dig” for fossils, and compare rocks from different geologic times.

Grades 2–3

Can You Dig It?

Spend the week journeying through Earth’s prehistoric past. Dig, chisel, create, and discover while learning about Museum discoveries and making some of your own.

Grades 4–5

Paleo Pros

Expand your knowledge of life, rocks, and the ancient world as you piece together clues and artifacts from throughout Earth’s history with a focus on Colorado’s landscape.

September 28 –October 2

Animal Camps

Grades K–1

Go Wild!

The animal kingdom is full of surprises. Find out what makes an amphibian different from a bird, if snakes have ears, what milk has to do with mammals, and more on this adventure into the wild world of animals.

Grades 2–3

Animal Academy

Get an inside look at animal success stories as you explore animal survival in the wild. Discover what adaptations help mammals, reptiles, birds, and even humans thrive in their everyday lives and flourish into the future.

Grades 4–5

EcoExplorers

Biology, Ecology, Zoology, oh my! Take a deep dive into the animal kingdom to learn about these fantastic beasts' adaptations and environments.  Hone your science skills while observing, classifying, and dissecting to find out what makes these creatures unique.

October 5 –9

Space Camps

Grades K–1

Future Astronauts

Get to know the basic forms that fly through space in this stellar camp for stargazers. Find out what stars are made of, how they’re different from planets, why comets streak through the sky, and so much more.

Grades 2–3

Space Cadets

Strap on your jetpack and blast into space for this awesome astronaut training camp. Figure out what kind of heavenly objects exist in our galaxy, design your own rocket, and prepare to launch with your space crew.

Grades 4–5

Galactic Explorers

Explore planets near and far in this adventure-packed planetary camp. Discover what makes a planet great and design your own, build your own robot to maneuver over the surface of Mars, and create your own colony on the Red Planet.

October 12 –16

Health Camps

Grades K–1

Amazing You

Your body is brilliant! Celebrate health and find out all about how your body works, from the circulation of your blood to what your body does with the air you breathe into your lungs.

Grades 2–3

Dynamic Dissectors

Get into the science of how your body works in this camp for future nurses and doctors. Using microscopes and other tools of the trade you will discover all the different organ functions and try your own hand at dissections, from a sheep heart to a whole frog.

Grades 4–5

Grossology

Animals, humans included, do some pretty gross things. Using the tools of the trade, roll up your sleeves and dissect specimens from some of the grossest of animals. Get ready to get dirty in this camp of curiosities!

FAQ

Please complete registration by filling out the required registration forms and emergency information for each camper. These items will be sent out to participants via a link on the registration confirmation email, which will come from DMNS Ticketing Store.

Coming soon! Check out our updated DMNS Camp Form Policy for 2020.

  • Water bottle labeled with your child’s name (water bottles not labeled will be labeled with permanent marker by camp staff)
  • Comfortable, closed-toe shoes (no sandals)
  • Face Covering that covers the mouth and nose
  • Sunscreen (labeled with your child’s full name)
  • Hat/sunglasses
  • Sweatshirt or jacket
  • Change of clothes
  • Backpack or tote bag

Along with a camp t-shirt, each day’s activities, and activity materials, children will be given a snack each day. If your child has food allergies or preferences, please send a snack with your child.

In the event that your child’s sunscreen is not readily available, DMNS will provide Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Sport SPF 30 if you gave permission on the Emergency Card.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80205. Directions to the museum can
be found on our website at dmns.org.

Each group will be supervised at all times by trained adult educators. All educators have previous experience working with children. Throughout the week, your child may also work with Denver Museum of Nature & Science staff. 

Please call 303.370.6455 or 303.370.6343 and the staff member who answers will be able to assist you and/or locate your child.

Camp staff and many Denver Museum of Nature & Science staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid and are able to deal with emergencies as they occur. Should your child need medical attention, we will follow the information provided on your Emergency Card and contact 911 if needed. Parents will be notified of any incident, regardless of its severity. If 911 is called, parents and emergency contacts will be contacted as quickly as possible.

If possible, please administer medication to your child outside of camp hours. If it’s necessary for your child to receive prescription or over-the-counter medication during camp, your child’s physician must complete a Medication Authorization Form, found at the top of this page. Please note that medication can be dispensed only on written order or a prescription from a physician to the child’s parent or guardian, or to the camp, with knowledge and written consent of the parent or guardian. Medication must be kept in the original container. Prescription medicine containers must bear the original pharmacy label that shows the prescription number, name of medication, date filled, physician’s name, child’s name, and directions for dosage.

In order to distribute medication to your child, we must receive the Medication Authorization Form a minimum of one week prior to the start of child’s camp session. Upon review of the form, it may be necessary to meet with the parent to develop a Health Plan.

All sales are final. The Museum has a “no refund” policy. Full refunds will be given only if the Museum cancels a camp.

Please feel free to contact the camp director at 303.370.8315 with any concerns about your child’s experience at Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Summer Camps. If you wish to file an official complaint, please contact the Colorado Department of Human Services; 1575 Sherman St., Denver, Colorado; 80203-1714; 303.866.5958.

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