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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.

We believe that our Oregon Board of Education licensed staff create the greatest summer camps in the world and we know you’ll agree. Registration NOW OPEN for Members! Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.

Week One: 6/28 - 7/2
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
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
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
STEM Storytelling: Storybook Engineers

Theme: Physics, Engineering

If you read Rapunzel and thought to yourself, “why didn’t she build herself a ladder”? Then this camp is for you! Spend a week engineering creative solutions for fantastical problems at ScienceWorks! In camp, you’ll think of a way to help Rapunzel, and in the end, you may end up thinking of ways to help the world! Miss this camp, or want to explore more at home? Get the “Think Like a Engineer 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 Five: 7/26 - 7/30
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
Think Like a Scientist: Earth!

Theme: Earth and Space

If you dig dinosaurs and volcanoes, this camp is for you! Investigate minerals, fossils, and the way the earth once was. A portion of camp will focus on Mary Fanning, the child scientist who discovered the Ichthyosaur, in conjunction with the Association of Science Education, London. Sea Dragon, a movie about Mary Fanning, is now playing in the Science Theater! 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
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
STEM Storytelling: Storybook Engineers

Theme: Engineering

If you read Rapunzel and thought to yourself, “why didn’t she build herself a ladder”? Then this camp is for you! Spend a week engineering creative solutions for fantastical problems at ScienceWorks! In camp, you’ll think of a way to help Rapunzel, and in the end, you may end up thinking of ways to help the world! Miss this camp, or want to explore more at home? Get the “Think Like a Engineer 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 Nine: 8/23 - 8/27
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
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.

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.