Summer Day Camps 2022

Updated 1.25.2021
Check back to this Summer Camp page for updates as we have more information.  

Scholarship Registrations open Wednesday, Jan. 26 @ 9 a.m. by phone
Summer Camps for Sale are sold out!

Due to limited capacities this summer, each child can only be registered for each camp theme in their age group once, and we cannot guarantee the availability of specific weeks, themes, or age groups. See our At-A-Glance here!

Make Their Summer Incredible!

FULL-DAY SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS GOING INTO GRADES K - 6

Summer Day Camps get brains and bodies moving! Learn and play as we experiment, create, build, ask questions, and develop a knowledge of and passion for science. Our camps are led by experienced educators offering the best opportunity for fun and learning. For full day camps, children must be at least 5 years of age on or before their first day of camp.

June 13 – August 12, no camps the week of July 4 – 8.
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. / $260 member, $290 nonmember

Camps Week of June 19th: June 21 – 24

Camps running June 21 – 24 are 4 day camps, with no camp on Monday, June 20 in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.
Full Day Camps, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. / $210 member, $235 nonmember

Scholarship Information

If you qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch, you may qualify for a scholarship that covers 50% or 100% of your camp fees. Call to learn more and to see if you qualify at 303.370.6000

Scholarship registrations open Wednesday, January 26.
Scholarship Flyer (Español)

Scholarship spots are set aside ahead of time from general camp registration spots. Scholarships are limited and availability is not guaranteed.

Qualify for a scholarship? Call Guest Services at 303.370.6000, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., starting Wednesday, January 26.

*Please be aware that we are experiencing higher than normal wait times on our phone lines at this time, and we ask that you are patient as we work to provide a great experience for all guests. 

Scholarship spots are funded by generous Museum donors. Thank you, donors!

 

2022 DMNS Camp Safety

DMNS prioritizes the health and safety of your camper.  We are monitoring and will follow all public health guidelines for camps. The following procedures were implemented for 2020 camps and may change based on the most current health guidance.  

Group Size 
Capacity for each camp will be reduced for summer 2022. We are monitoring all public health guidelines for camps. Once camp groups are formed, the group will remain together for the entirety of the week. As much as possible, groups will be kept separate.

Face Coverings
Face coverings will still be required for camp staff and campers throughout the day, except during snacks, meals, and some outdoor activities. Campers and staff are allowed to wear face covering outdoors if they choose. Campers must arrive to camp with face coverings on for check in. 

Please note our policies and procedures have been updated to align with the current state health order for face coverings in child care settings, including camps.

 

Physical Distancing
Children and staff will maintain physical distance as recommended by CDPHE for children's day camps, as much as possible.  Limited group size, 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. 
*Photo above taken prior to COVID-19 pandemic.

Summer Camp Registration Form Policy

Check out our updated Summer Camp Policies and Procedures for 2022 (Español).

Once you have purchased your camp(s), you will receive an email from CampDocs with an invitation to create a CampDoc account to then complete your CAMPER REGISTRATION FORMS. 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 one month 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 confirmed as “Approved” by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science two weeks 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 asked to provide the email of the individual 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. 

Additionally, DMNS Camp staff are routinely trained in administering emergency medication relating to asthma and/or allergies; including inhalers, oral and/or topical allergy medications, and epinephrine for anaphylaxis. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact Camp Director staff to discuss all other medications that may accompany your child to camp. At least 3 weeks’ notice is required as some medications may call for additional trainings and/or medication administration delegation to meet a camper’s individual medical needs. Camp Director staff can be reached by phone at 303.370.6455.

Grades K–1

Full Day Summer Camps

Amazing You

June 21–24 • July 11–15 • July 25–29 • August 8–12

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.

Fossil Finders

June 13–17 • June 27– July 1 • July 18–22 • August 1–5

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.

Future Astronauts

June 13–17 • June 27– July 1 • July 18–22 • August 1–5

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.

Go Wild!

June 21–24 • July 11–15 • July 25–29 • August 8–12

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

Full Day Summer Camps

Animal Academy

June 21–24 • June 27– July 1 • July 11–15 • July 25–29 • August 1–5 • August 8–12

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.

Can You Dig it?

June 13–17 • June 21–24 • June 27– July 1 • July 18–22 • July 25–29 • August 1–5

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.

Dynamic Dissectors

June 13–17 • June 21–24 • July 11–15 • July 18–22 • July 25–29 • August 8–12

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.

Space Cadets

June 13–17 • June 27– July 1 • July 11–15 • July 18–22 • August 1–5 • August 8–12

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 4–6

Full Day Summer Camps

Backstage Pass

July 11–15 • August 8–12

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at the Museum? Think you got what it takes to be the muse in Museum? With this backstage pass, you will gain access to areas unseen, discover what makes the Museum run, and put your skills to the test as you design your Camp Museum of Nature & Science.

EcoExplorers

June 21–24 • July 11–15 • July 25–29

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.

Galactic Explorers

June 13–17 • June 27– July 1 • July 18–22 • August 1–5

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.

Grossology

June 21–24 • July 25–29 • August 8–12

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!

Paleo Pros

June 13–17 • June 27– July 1 • July 18–22 • August 1–5

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.

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 in a separate email, linking to DMNS Camper Registration Forms in the CampDocs.com portal.

Check out our updated Summer Camp Policies and Procedures for 2022 (Español).

Once you have purchased your camp(s), you will receive an email from CampDocs with an invitation to create a CampDoc account to them complete your CAMPER REGISTRATION FORMS. 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 one month 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 confirmed as “Approved” by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science two weeks 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 asked to provide the email of the individual 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. 

Additionally, DMNS Camp staff are routinely trained in administering emergency medication relating to asthma and/or allergies; including inhalers, oral and/or topical allergy medications, and epinephrine for anaphylaxis. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact Camp Director staff to discuss all other medications that may accompany your child to camp. At least 3 weeks’ notice is required as some medications may call for additional trainings and/or medication administration delegation to meet a camper’s individual medical needs. Camp Director staff can be reached by phone at 303.370.6455.

Curriculum is designed for children entering into the grades listed for each camp. For instance, if we list a camp as a K-1 camp, it is intended for kids entering kindergarten or first grade. For full day camps, children must be at least 5 years of age on or before their first day of camp.

  • A sack lunch, including a drink (Museum does not provide refrigeration) 
  • 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 fits your child
  • Sunscreen (labeled with your child’s full name)
  • Hat/sunglasses
  • Sweatshirt or jacket
  • Change of clothes
  • Backpack or tote bag

Denver Museum of Nature & Science is not responsible for lost or stolen items and we request that personal items remain at home.

Along with a camp t-shirt, each day’s activities, and activity materials, children in full day camps 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.

This year, we will be doing Curbside Drop Off on the Southeastern side of the building near City Park. Those dropping off will be asked to stay in their cars and a DMNS staffer will come to the vehicle to check in campers.

There will be a designated check in location in the same area for those who walk to camps. 

For Pick-Up, we will be indoors in the Southeast Atrium, across from Gems and Minerals, on the first floor. There will be a designated check-out area for the picking-up adult, and a staff member will bring the camper to them.

For inclement weather instances, we may need to use an alternative indoor drop-off or pick-up location. Communication will be sent outlining changes and signage will be posted. 

To sign a camper out of campadults must present a valid photo ID when picking up any camper at any time. 

Drop-off will occur from 8:45–9 a.m for full day camps. If your child arrives after the scheduled drop-off time, please park and bring your child to the security desk, inside the staff and volunteer entrance near the flag pole on the north side of the Museum. A camp representative will be contacted to meet you to sign in and escort the child to the correct camp.

Pick-up runs every day from about 3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

If you are running late, please call 303.370.6455 to let us know you’re coming.

Full Day Summer Camps are offered from 9 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.

The cost for members is $260/week and the cost for nonmembers is $290/week.

For the week of June 19 (June 21 – 24), the cost for members is $210 and the cost for nonmembers is $235.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science is not offering Early and Late care for summer camps 2022.

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. 

At the beginning of the week, you will be provided with a schedule of camp activities. If you would like to know more about specific activities, please call the Children’s Programs line at 303.370.6455.

 

Please call 303.370.6455 or 303.370.6000 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.

Building Emergencies

Our staff is constantly monitoring the environment and will closely supervise children during the day of camp to ensure that all children can play, learn, and interact in a safe and fun manner. The DMNS security staff and all DMNS Science Camp staff are trained in and adhere to the DMNS emergency policies and procedures.  

In the event of emergency, we follow all evacuation (fire or power outage), call to shelter (tornado), and safe haven (active shooter) procedures as outlined in detail in the DMNS Emergency Procedures Manual. We will take extra steps to evacuate children with disabilities and special needs.  

Parents/Guardians are encouraged, if possible, to administer medication to their child outside of camp hours. If it is necessary for your child to receive prescription or over-the-counter medication during camp, your child’s physician must complete a Medication Authorization Form. Please note that any medication that needs to be dispenses can only be done on written order or by 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. 

In order to distribute any prescription or over-the-counter medication to your child, Camp staff must have a Medication Authorization Form, an Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan and Medication Orders Form, Asthma Care Plan Form, and/or other necessary or required medical care plans/health orders a minimum of two weeks prior to the start of child’s camp session. DMNS Camp staff are routinely trained in administering emergency medication relating to asthma and/or allergies; including inhalers, oral and/or topical allergy medications, and epinephrine for anaphylaxis, as listed on the forms mentioned.

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact Camp Director staff to discuss all other medications that may accompany your child to camp. At least 3 weeks’ notice is required as some medications may call for additional medical care plans/heath orders, as well as trainings and/or medication administration delegation to meet a camper’s individual medical needs. Camp Director staff can be reached by phone at 303.370.6455.

Upon review of any submitted medication information and/or forms, it may be necessary to meet with the parent to develop a Health Plan.

Medication must be kept in the original container and must match doctor authorized forms to be accepted. 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.  Children without approved medical forms or with medicines, epinephrine injectors, or inhalers that do not match authorization forms and doctor approvals, or who have expired medicines will not be allowed to attend camp until forms and medicines match and are approved by a camp director or nurse. 

If you have additional question around medications at camp, please call 303.370.6455.

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

Exceptions can be requested in the case of death in the family, severe illness or for required quarantine due to COVID-19.

Please feel free to contact the camp director team at 303.370.6455 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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