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ScienceWorks Camps

Summer Camp at ScienceWorks is special. We practice a hands-on approach that is child-led and fun-centric. Since 2003, ScienceWorks proudly offers high-quality science-based summer camps for the Rogue Valley. In-person, small class sizes, guest speakers, and exciting locally inspired investigations mark this year as our best season yet.

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Week One: 6/28 - 7/2,  9am - 3pm
Think Like a Scientist: Awesome Oregon

Theme: Life Science

Isn’t Oregon great? This camp explores the wonders of Oregon’s flora and fauna right here in our own backyard. Learn about everything from exotic mushrooms to the logistics of fighting wildfires. Awesome Oregon camp connects learners to local nature - a must for visitors and locals alike. Miss this camp, or want to explore more at home? Get the “Think Like a Scientist Kit” for more exciting investigations!

Age groups:

(EE) Early Explorers ages 5 - 6 years old

(YS) Young Scientists ages 7 - 9 years old

(MM) Museum Master ages 10 - 12 years old

Campers should bring comfortable clothing and shoes that can get dirty. Our camps vary from outdoor experiences to messy chemistry experiments so please prepare! Bring lunch and plenty of snacks! ScienceWorks Apprentice participants should eat lunch prior to camp.
We will cancel camps two weeks before the start date if there are fewer than 5 campers registered. If this happens we will provide you a full reimbursement. If you need to cancel your camp you have up to two weeks before to receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. All cancellations after this date will not receive a reimbursement.

Week Two: 7/5 - 7/9, 9am - 3pm
Think Like a Scientist: Disease Detectives

Theme: Life Science, Engineering

Uncover why disease continues to plague us and how we humans fight back. Microscopes will be used and mysteries will be solved! Miss this camp or want to learn more at home? Try one of our take-home kits inspired by this camp: “The Story of Science: Disease Detectives!”

Age groups:

(EE) Early Explorers ages 5 - 6 years old

(YS) Young Scientists ages 7 - 9 years old

(MM) Museum Master ages 10 - 12 years old

Campers should bring comfortable clothing and shoes that can get dirty. Our camps vary from outdoor experiences to messy chemistry experiments so please prepare! Bring lunch and plenty of snacks! ScienceWorks Apprentice participants should eat lunch prior to camp.
We will cancel camps two weeks before the start date if there are fewer than 5 campers registered. If this happens we will provide you a full reimbursement. If you need to cancel your camp you have up to two weeks before to receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. All cancellations after this date will not receive a reimbursement.

Week Three: 7/12 - 7/16, 9am - 3pm
Think Like a Scientist: Chemistry

Theme: Life Science, Physics

At ScienceWorks Chemistry camps we turn familiar chemicals into extraordinary experiences! Campers will mix and stir their way to an understanding of fundamental chemical changes through solution investigations! A camper favorite - did I hear someone say “Slime?” Miss this camp, or want to explore more at home? Get the “Think Like a Scientist Kit” for more exciting investigations!

Age groups:

(EE) Early Explorers ages 5 - 6 years old

(YS) Young Scientists ages 7 - 9 years old

(MM) Museum Master ages 10 - 12 years old

Campers should bring comfortable clothing and shoes that can get dirty. Our camps vary from outdoor experiences to messy chemistry experiments so please prepare! Bring lunch and plenty of snacks! ScienceWorks Apprentice participants should eat lunch prior to camp.
We will cancel camps two weeks before the start date if there are fewer than 5 campers registered. If this happens we will provide you a full reimbursement. If you need to cancel your camp you have up to two weeks before to receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. All cancellations after this date will not receive a reimbursement.

Week Four: 7/19 - 7/23, 9am - 3pm
STEM Storytelling: Storybook Engineers

Theme: Physics, Engineering

Myths, legends, and fairy tales are the starting point for STEM investigations and engineering challenges in this camp. Younger campers will use favorite story books and tales as a jumping off point for investigations, inventions, and fun! Museum Masters will explore the technical elements of stop-motion animation and use the contemporary fairy tale Coraline as inspiration for their own projects.

Age groups:

(EE) Early Explorers ages 5 - 6 years old

(YS) Young Scientists ages 7 - 9 years old

(MM) Museum Master ages 10 - 12 years old

Campers should bring comfortable clothing and shoes that can get dirty. Our camps vary from outdoor experiences to messy chemistry experiments so please prepare! Bring lunch and plenty of snacks! ScienceWorks Apprentice participants should eat lunch prior to camp.
We will cancel camps two weeks before the start date if there are fewer than 5 campers registered. If this happens we will provide you a full reimbursement. If you need to cancel your camp you have up to two weeks before to receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. All cancellations after this date will not receive a reimbursement.

Week Five: 7/26 - 7/30, 9am - 3pm
STEM Storytelling: Creature Creator Camp

Theme: Life Science, Engineering

In this STEM Story Telling excursion, campers explore biological systems with a narrative twist and ask the question, “What makes a monster?” Investigations include NGSS cross cutting concepts throughout. Note: Museum Masters will get a chance to animate their creations with the stop motion animation studio! Miss this camp, or want to explore more at home? Get the “Think Like a Scientist Kit” for more exciting investigations!

Age groups:

(EE) Early Explorers ages 5 - 6 years old

(YS) Young Scientists ages 7 - 9 years old

(MM) Museum Master ages 10 - 12 years old

Campers should bring comfortable clothing and shoes that can get dirty. Our camps vary from outdoor experiences to messy chemistry experiments so please prepare! Bring lunch and plenty of snacks! ScienceWorks Apprentice participants should eat lunch prior to camp.
We will cancel camps two weeks before the start date if there are fewer than 5 campers registered. If this happens we will provide you a full reimbursement. If you need to cancel your camp you have up to two weeks before to receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. All cancellations after this date will not receive a reimbursement.

Week Six: 8/2 - 8/6, 9am - 3pm
Think Like a Scientist: Earth!

Theme: Earth Science

Investigate ancient life, and learn about the Earth's dynamic past and long-extinct life. Why is a pterosaur not a dinosaur? What can fossils tell us about the ancient Earth? A portion of this camp will focus on Mary Anning, the "Grandmother of Paleontology," whose discoveries changed everything we thought we knew about our planet.  Miss this camp, or want to explore more at home? Get the “Think Like a Scientist Kit” for more exciting investigations!

Age groups:

(EE) Early Explorers ages 5 - 6 years old

(YS) Young Scientists ages 7 - 9 years old

(MM) Museum Master ages 10 - 12 years old

Campers should bring comfortable clothing and shoes that can get dirty. Our camps vary from outdoor experiences to messy chemistry experiments so please prepare! Bring lunch and plenty of snacks! ScienceWorks Apprentice participants should eat lunch prior to camp.
We will cancel camps two weeks before the start date if there are fewer than 5 campers registered. If this happens we will provide you a full reimbursement. If you need to cancel your camp you have up to two weeks before to receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. All cancellations after this date will not receive a reimbursement.

Week Seven: 8/9 - 8/13, 9am - 3pm
Think Like a Scientist: Space!

Theme: Earth and Space, Engineering

What an exciting year to explore space! Using the recent NASA Mars Perseverance Rover Expedition as our guide, campers will make up a space mission of their very own. Practice solving the problems of space travel like aerospace engineers! Miss this camp, or want to explore more at home? Get the “Think Like a Scientist Kit” for more exciting investigations!

Age groups:

(EE) Early Explorers ages 5 - 6 years old

(YS) Young Scientists ages 7 - 9 years old

(MM) Museum Master ages 10 - 12 years old

Campers should bring comfortable clothing and shoes that can get dirty. Our camps vary from outdoor experiences to messy chemistry experiments so please prepare! Bring lunch and plenty of snacks! ScienceWorks Apprentice participants should eat lunch prior to camp.
We will cancel camps two weeks before the start date if there are fewer than 5 campers registered. If this happens we will provide you a full reimbursement. If you need to cancel your camp you have up to two weeks before to receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. All cancellations after this date will not receive a reimbursement.

Week Eight: 8/16 - 8/20, 9am - 3pm
STEM Storytelling: Storybook Engineers

Theme: Physics, Engineering

Myths, legends, and fairy tales are the starting point for STEM investigations and engineering challenges in this camp. Younger campers will use favorite story books and tales as a jumping off point for investigations, inventions, and fun! Museum Masters will explore the technical elements of stop-motion animation and use the contemporary fairy tale Coraline as inspiration for their own projects.

Age groups:

(EE) Early Explorers ages 5 - 6 years old

(YS) Young Scientists ages 7 - 9 years old

(MM) Museum Master ages 10 - 12 years old

Campers should bring comfortable clothing and shoes that can get dirty. Our camps vary from outdoor experiences to messy chemistry experiments so please prepare! Bring lunch and plenty of snacks! ScienceWorks Apprentice participants should eat lunch prior to camp.
We will cancel camps two weeks before the start date if there are fewer than 5 campers registered. If this happens we will provide you a full reimbursement. If you need to cancel your camp you have up to two weeks before to receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. All cancellations after this date will not receive a reimbursement.

Week Nine: 8/23 - 8/27, 9am - 3pm
Think Like a Scientist: Awesome Oregon

Theme: Life Science

Isn’t Oregon great? This camp explores the wonders of Oregon’s flora and fauna right here in our own backyard. Learn about everything from exotic mushrooms to the logistics of fighting wildfires. Awesome Oregon camp connects learners to local nature - a must for visitors and locals alike. Miss this camp, or want to explore more at home? Get the “Think Like a Scientist Kit” for more exciting investigations!

Age groups:

(EE) Early Explorers ages 5 - 6 years old

(YS) Young Scientists ages 7 - 9 years old

(MM) Museum Master ages 10 - 12 years old

Campers should bring comfortable clothing and shoes that can get dirty. Our camps vary from outdoor experiences to messy chemistry experiments so please prepare! Bring lunch and plenty of snacks! ScienceWorks Apprentice participants should eat lunch prior to camp.
We will cancel camps two weeks before the start date if there are fewer than 5 campers registered. If this happens we will provide you a full reimbursement. If you need to cancel your camp you have up to two weeks before to receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. All cancellations after this date will not receive a reimbursement.

Week Ten: 8/30 - 9/3, 9am - 3pm
Think Like a Scientist: Chemistry

Theme: Life Science, Physics

At ScienceWorks Chemistry camps we turn familiar chemicals into extraordinary experiences! Campers will mix and stir their way to an understanding of fundamental chemical changes through solution investigations! A camper favorite - did I hear someone say “Slime?” Miss this camp, or want to explore more at home? Get the “Think Like a Scientist Kit” for more exciting investigations!

Age groups:

(EE) Early Explorers ages 5 - 6 years old

(YS) Young Scientists ages 7 - 9 years old

(MM) Museum Master ages 10 - 12 years old

Campers should bring comfortable clothing and shoes that can get dirty. Our camps vary from outdoor experiences to messy chemistry experiments so please prepare! Bring lunch and plenty of snacks! ScienceWorks Apprentice participants should eat lunch prior to camp.
We will cancel camps two weeks before the start date if there are fewer than 5 campers registered. If this happens we will provide you a full reimbursement. If you need to cancel your camp you have up to two weeks before to receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. All cancellations after this date will not receive a reimbursement.

Meet our Camp Instructors

Elise Pfrommer

Hi there! My name is Elise and I’m thrilled to be on the Scienceworks camp team this summer. As a newcomer to Ashland, I am more than delighted to bring my experiences as a garden and outdoor educator to this community. I’m originally from Massachusetts, but I’ve spent the last few years here in Oregon getting my degree at Lewis and Clark College and exploring all of the natural beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer. I’m an outdoor enthusiast, with backpacking and rock climbing being some of my favorite activities. I also have a happy and adventurous dog named Totem who can carry up to twelve pounds in his doggy backpack!

Cayley Busenkell

Hiya! My name is Cayley Busenkell, “CJ” to my friends. I have a background in Art and most sciences, thanks to hobbies and my dad being an Environmental Science teacher. I have traveled through most of the continental United States and visited a ton of National Parks; my favorite being the Mammoth Caves in Kentucky. I even got to go on a geology based trip to Iceland in 2017! I graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Language and Culture  in June of 2020. Since graduating I’ve been working as a translator and Spanish tutor for kids in my hometown in Southern California. I’m looking forward to coming back to Ashland for the summer of 2021 and working as the Camp Games Coordinator for ScienceWorks. See you there!

Bailey Hernandez

Hi all, my name is Bailey Hernandez. I grew up here in the Rogue Valley, graduated from Phoenix High School and later from Southern Oregon University with a degree in anthropology. I have a background working with special needs adults and children, as a job coach and later as an educator. Most recently I am an American Sign Language facilitator in local schools, while continuing to study to be an educational interpreter. In my free time I’m a passionate knitter, hiker, photographer, and bird enthusiast! This summer my goals are to encourage every child’s observation skills, and interests in science and nature. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the museum!

What to Bring

Campers should bring comfortable clothing and shoes that can get dirty. Our camps vary from outdoor experiences to messy chemistry experiments so please prepare! Bring lunch and plenty of snacks!

ScienceWorks Apprentice participants should eat lunch prior to camp. 

Cancellation Policy

We will cancel camps two weeks before the start date if there are fewer than 5 campers registered. If this happens we will provide you a full reimbursement.

If you need to cancel your camp you have up to two weeks before to receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. All cancellations after this date will not receive a reimbursement.

Location

ScienceWorks camps are located at the museum in Ashland, OR.

At the museum your child will be in a classroom setting as well as a public museum setting. We may go outside if weather is pleasant. Your child will have access to the museum exhibits as part of their camp experience.