• Sara Thompson

Summer Science Camps Are Back for 2021


Children spaced apart in a park with volunteer observing
Campers social distancing on a walk during Explorit summer camp

By Sara Thompson

Special to the Enterprise


Explorit’s Summer Science Camps are back for 2021! Beginning in June and running through to the beginning of August, our camps are filled with fun, hands-on science activities. Camps are Monday-Friday and will be from 8:00-11:15am to beat the heat our California summers bring. All of our camps are held in our back-patio area under awnings for shade. We will have campers sitting at the ends of 6ft long tables, that will have proper spacing apart in accordance with local and state COVID-19 recommendations. Campers will have access to handwashing facilities, hand sanitizer, and Explorit will disinfect surfaces daily. Facemasks are required attire for all staff, volunteers, and campers.


For students entering grades 1-4 we have Fossil Finders. Learn about and try out the tools and techniques used by paleontologists to find fossils. Explore what these finds teach us about the plants and animals that lived long ago. This camp will run the weeks June 21-25 and July 19-23.


For students entering grades 4-6 we have Map It! Mapping, geocaching, and orienteering, Oh My! Learn how to read a compass, maps, and how to orient yourself. Follow along on a compass scavenger hunt, find the height of a tree by using distance and angles, and make your own map of Mace Ranch Park! This camp will run the weeks of June 28-July 2 and July 26-30.


For students entering grades K-3 we have Animal Adventures. Use all of your senses to help you observe the behaviors of the various animals in Mace Ranch Park. Learn to track and locate animals using the signs that they leave behind. Meet the reptiles, insects, and arachnids that call Explorit home. This camp will run the weeks of July 12-16 and August 2-6.


Camp fees are $175 Members/$200 Non-Members. Spaces are limited and are filling up quick! If the camp you want is full, please give us a call at (530) 756-0191 to be added to a waitlist. Registration and more information can be found at https://www.explorit.org/camps.


Explorit's coming events:

Not sure about your summer plans yet? Explorit has extended our After-school camps through May, and plenty of spaces are still available. Camps are Monday-Friday from 3:30-5:30pm for students in grades K-6. Price is $120 Members/$145 Non-Members. Additional information and registration can be found at https://www.explorit.org/camps.

• Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the health and safety of our staff and visitors, our gallery will remain closed. Staff regularly check messages and email.

• Like many small businesses the closures have had a significant impact on our income and sustainability. Now is a great time to donate and help Explorit continue to educate and inspire the scientists of tomorrow: https://www.explorit.org/donate.

• Continue to support Explorit during this uncertain time by becoming a member. An Exploit Membership not only support us but grants the recipient with free visits to Explorit’s regular public hours, discounts on events, summer and after-school camps, and workshops, and gives you ASTC benefits to visit other museums throughout the world. For more information visit https://www.explorit.org/membership or call Explorit at 530-756-0191.