Haines Science Camp

Haines Science Camp is a series of eleven, science based summer camps for children in preschool to grade 5. These camps focus on hands-on learning, outdoor exploration, and encourage creativity. 

There are 10 spaces available per week for the K-5 camps, and 5 spaces available per week for the preschool 1/2 day camps.


Camp Schedule

Click here for a downloadable calendar  

Camp

Grade

Date

Discover the Natural History of Haines 1-3

June 12-16

Grossology Camp   FULL  3-5 June 19-23
H2Oh My! Hydrology Camp  K-2 June 26-30 
Mad Scientist Camp 1-3 July 3, 5,6,7
Preschool 1/2 Day Camp  Age 3-5 July 10-14 
Nature Art Camp K-2 July 17-21 
Sustainability Camp  3-5 July 24-28 
Oceans and Whales Camp  1-3 July31-Aug4
Nature Art Camp 3-5 Aug 7-11
Grossology Camp FULL K-2  Aug 14-18 
Preschool 1/2 Day Camp Ages 3-5 Aug 21-25

Camp Costs

Full-day camps for elementary students cost $160 a week. The 4-day Mad Scientist Camp the week of the Fourth-of-July is $130, and 1/2 day preschool camps are $85 per week. 

A discount is given if a student is signed up for more than one camp!  

Some scholarships are available through Migrant Ed for camps in the month of June. 


Camp Descriptions 

Week 1: Discover the Natural History of Haines Grades 1-3

  • Adventuring, hiking, exploring and discovering our natural surroundings, if that sounds like a good time then discover the Natural History of Haines is the perfect camp for your child! We will dive into the world of insects, discover predator and prey relationships, and learn how to track different animals that live around Haines. Join us for a week of educational games, interactive art projects, journaling, and hiking!

 

Week 2: Grossology Camp Grades 3-5

  • Intrigued by nasty, slimy, and absolutely disgusting stuff found in nature? Good! Grossology camp is perfect for you. We will grow mold gardens, build fake scabs, and discover what snot and spit are really made of! Join Haines Science Camp as we delve into the world of grossness!

 

Week 3: H2Oh My! Hydrology Camp Grades K-2

  • Ponds, rivers, oceans, glaciers, and the weather… what do they have in common? Water! Each day we will learn about one of these natural wonders and all the cool plants and animals that inhabit them. We will play animal adaptation games, build pond mud bowls, examine microscopic critters under magnifying lenses, and even build our own 3-D glacier models! Get ready for a wet and wondrous week with Hydrology Camp!

 

Week 4: Mad Scientist Camp Grades 1-3

  • Do you love experiments? I mean really cool, explosive, colorful, bubbly, moldy experiments? Then you should definitely participate in Mad Scientist Camp! This camp is all about hands-on experiments. We will make milk change colors, blow up balloons using yeast, and even discover what mold looks like up close! If you want an explosively fun summer, join Mad Scientist Camp!

 

Week 5: Preschool Camp (1/2 Day) ages 3-5

  • Looking for an educational camp where your preschool aged student can learn about their natural surroundings? Then sign them up for preschool camp. Students will design and conduct science experiments that are engaging and age appropriate. In this camp kids will learn about the environment through experiential and hands-on learning.

 

Week 6: Nature Art Camp Grades K-2

  • For centuries, artist have pulled inspiration from the natural world to create masterpieces. This camp helps kids channel their creativity to make artwork about, and artwork with nature. We will make plant prints, natural dyes for tie-dye shirts, rock sculptures, and more! Unleash your inner Picasso with the Nature Art Camp!

 

Week 7: Sustainability Camp Grades 3-5

  • How much water do you use? What does your carbon footprint look like? These are just a few of the questions that we often come across in the media. Sustainability camp will help students discover the answer to these questions while also promoting healthy changes that will have a positive impact on students as well as on the environment. We will explore different energy uses by making solar ovens, and reduce our carbon footprint by planting trees and plants. In this camp, students will experiment with natural dyes and even make their own tie dye from items found in nature. Join us for a week of promoting environmental stewardship.

 

Week 8: Oceans and Whales Camp Grades 1-3

  • How does the ocean carve the landscape? What does the bottom of the ocean look like? What does the largest animal to ever live on the planet eat for breakfast? These are only a few of the questions answered by Oceans and Whales camp. Perfect for all aspiring oceanographers and biologists, this camp creates fun, hands –on experiences so that kids can better understand the ocean that surrounds us!

 

Week 9: Nature Art Camp Grades 3-5

  • This art camp is designed for older students who want to experience new mediums, polish their skills, and create nature inspired masterpieces. For centuries, artist have pulled inspiration from the natural world to create artwork. This camp helps kids channel their creativity to make artwork about, and artwork with nature. We will make plant prints, natural dyes for tie-dye shirts, rock sculptures, and more! Unleash your inner Picasso with the Nature Art Camp!

 

Week 10: Grossology Camp K-2

  • Intrigued by nasty, slimy, and absolutely disgusting stuff found in nature? Good! Grossology camp is perfect for you! We will explore slippery sea weed, grow mold gardens, play with slime, and much more! Join Haines Science Camp as we delve into the world of grossness!

 

Week 11: Preschool Camp (1/2 Day) Ages 3-5

  • Looking for an educational camp where your preschool aged student can learn about their natural surroundings? Then sign them up for preschool camp. Students will design and conduct science experiments that are engaging and age appropriate. In this camp kids will learn about the environment through experiential and hands-on learning.

Registration and Payment 

All parents/guardians must fill out a registration packet and drop it off at the museum by the first day of camp. If you want your student to have a spot in the camps they with to attend, you must purchase the spot with the links below before they fill up! If you have any questions, you can call Jackie at 314-0043.  

Discover The Natural History of Haines (Grades 1-3)

Grossology Camp (Grades 3-5)   FULL 

H2Oh My! Hydrology Camp (Grades K-2)

Mad Scientist Camp (Grades 1-3)

Preschool 1/2 day camp (July 10-14)

Nature Art Camp (Grades k-2)

Sustainability Camp (Grade 3-5)

Oceans and Whales Camp (Grades 1-3)

Nature Art Camp (Grades 3-5)

Grossology Camp (Grade K-2)  FULL

Preschool 1/2 day camp (Aug 21-25)


FAQ's 

Where are the summer camps located? 

  • Drop-off and pick-up for the summer camps are at the Haines Sheldon Museum. The Museum has a specifically designed childrens room for indoor activities and rainy days, and behind the museum is a back yard for outdoor experiments and play. Campers will also visit locations like the beach, Tlingit park, and local gardens. 

 

When do I pick-up or drop-off my child? 

  • Drop-off for camps for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade is between nine and ten in the morning and pick-up is between two and three in the afternoon. Drop-off for preschool camps is between eight thirty and nine in the morning, and pick-up is between noon and one. Students need to be signed in and out of camp by an adult, unless an alternate plan has been discussed with the camp director. 

 

What does my child need to bring? 

  • You need to send your child to camp with a sack lunch, a water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather (it is always smart to send dry pants and a rain-coat as some days we go to the beach). I also ask that kids wear good outdoor shoes for walking. Specific material lists vary by camp, so it is possible additional items may be needed by your child.