Destination…Space! July 8-12
Explore physics and astronomy as we discover our solar system and explore space travel. Voyagers (3-5 yo) will learn about the solar system and environments on other planets. Scientists (5-7 yo) journey to the outer reaches of our Solar System as they learn about physics and astronomy. Inventors (8-12 yo) will build and launch their own Estes rocket while exploring concepts related to lift, drag and pneumatic pressure. At the end of the week, we’ll take a special daytime tour of the night skies in our StarLab planetarium.
Session 2 Water World July 15-19
Voyagers explore water properties through bubble making and an imaginary journey to the ocean. Scientists discover unique behaviors of underwater creatures from local rivers to distant oceans, and go on a scavenger hunt in Riverfront Park. Inventors learn the importance of watersheds, view aquatic life through a microscope and collect aquatic insects on a nature walk. On Friday we’ll work together to create unique t-shirts using Gyotaku, the art of Japanese fish printing. (Voyagers should pack a change of clothes, as they may get wet!)
Session 3 Nature Detectives July 22-26
Time to head outdoors and explore ecology and the Cascadia bio-region. Voyagers learn about animal homes and what living things need to survive. Scientists become nature sleuths while solving riddles and searching for clues about mystery animals. Inventors perform their own surveys, identifications and field observations to solve a biodiversity mystery. At the end of the week we’ll uncover a mystery animal.
Session 4 Wildlife Safari July 29-August 2
Campers will be amazed as we explore African wildlife and habitats. Voyagers try mask making, pretend play and storytelling. Scientists get an up-close view of exotic animals on the African savannah. Inventors learn the behaviors of African wildlife, their needs and interactions with their environment. Wildlife Safari campers end their week up close to an African animal!
Session 5 Global Expedition August 5-9
Pack your bags it’s time for a busy journey around the world and to different time periods. Voyagers trek through the geography of their homes and neighborhoods. Inventors look back in time to explore the forces that change people and our land. Scientists dig deep into geology and archaeology to investigate the changes of the Earth with a series of observations, data collection and experiments. To wrap up expedition week, campers will explore global culture with a delicious celebration of chocolate!
Session 6 Silly Science August 12-16
Fizz, pop and explode your way through camp with science silliness. Voyagers, Inventors and Scientists will each make real slime, use play dough to turn on a light and test egg contraptions dropped off Marion Street Bridge. The week will close out with all campers uniting in a Mentos geyser display of colossal proportions!
Session 7 Here Comes Science! August 19-23
All campers explore scientific concepts featured on the They Might Be Giants’ album, Here Comes Science. From dinosaurs to electricity, this camp really rocks the big ideas of science! Voyagers discover science topics through music, movement and song. Scientists and Inventors will use the big ideas from Here Comes Science to develop and test out their own scientific hypothesis. Campers will enjoy sharing their results at a mini science fair at the end of the week.
Activities and Features
Religious Emphasis None
Academic Science History
Arts and Crafts General Arts and Crafts
Location & Contact Information
Camp Address 116 Marion St NE
Salem OR, 97301 United States
Winter Address 116 Marion St NE
Salem, OR, 97301 United States