Arizona Museum of Natural History launches new format for summer camps in June

May 19, 2021 at 9:44 am

Arizona Museum of Natural History's summer camp program is back with a new creative format for 2021. Like so many businesses we have had to "pivot" from our usual 100% in-person camps, and we are excited to offer several unique, fun summer camps for our dino fans to enjoy and keep busy during the Arizona summer.

Prehistoric Preschool, for ages 4 and 5 years, will have one in-person drop off session and then participants will be given take-home activities that they can complete at their convenience. The one in-person exclusive session for our campers is available June 7, 8, or 9, either from 9am - 11am, or 1pm to 3pm. Our museum is closed to the public at that time. Cost is $25, or $15 for Members.

Cretaceous Camps are new this year and are divided into two age groups. Ages 6 and 7, and ages 8 to 10 years. Campers will spend a one day in-person experience visiting the museum, our paleontology lab, and a fossil preparation activity. They will then continue the rest of their camp journey online with a prehistoric virtual reality safari, exploring a world of giant marine reptiles, dinosaurs, and other cretaceous critters. The camp includes a live zoom call with a paleontologist. The museum is closed to visitors at this time. The in-person day is available June 14, 15, or 16, either from 9am - 11am (ages 6 and 7) or 1pm to 3pm (ages 8 to 10). Cost is $25, or $15 for Members.

For Paleo Portal we have partnered with Fossil Crates to create a completely new virtual summer camp for ages 11 - 15 years streamed from the Virtual Museum. Join a paleontologist online as they take you through the Paleo Portal to the Virtual Museum. This program offers an optional physical crate of fossil casts for purchase. Participants are required to have a working video camera and microphone. Cost is $99 for the Virtual Museum experience only. (15% discount for members). Cost is $219 for the Virtual Museum experience and Crate. (15% discount for members).

All camps require preregistration and refunds cannot be issued. More information can be found at

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