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Extraordinary Explorations and Awesome Adventures Summer Discovery Camp

Campers become immersed in hands-on science and nature activities alongside friends old and new. A mix of traditional camp songs and games adds to the weekly experience.

Each week explores a different camp-wide theme, and campers spend their time indoors and outdoors - plus a variety of the following:

  • Investigations and experiments led by Museum Educators
  • Live animal encounters from our wildlife animal ambassadors
  • Exploration across 45 acres of meadow, pond, and forest habitats
  • Daily shows in the Alden Digital Planetarium
  • Up close look at behind-the-scenes items from our museum collections

Campers are placed in Three age groups:

  • Tadpoles (4½-6 half-day, 5-6 full-day)

    • Tadpole programming is distinct from that of other campers in order to
      center age-appropriate routines and activities.

  • Investigators (7-12)

    • Investigators will be divided into smaller groups based on camper
      numbers and ages each week.

  • Counselors-in-Training (13-14)

  • Register: online, or call 508.929.2703
  • Camper age: MUST be 4 ½ (half day program only) or 5 years old by June 22, 2020
  • Camp hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Half-day Tadpole (ages 4 ½ - 6) hours: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • AM and PM extended care: Available for an additional charge.
  • Parent orientation: Wed. June 10, 2020:
    • 5 - 5:45 p.m. or 6 - 6:45 p.m.

Pricing per week

  • Ages 7–14* (Investigators and CITs): $345 for members, $365 for non-members
  • Ages 4.5–6 (Tadpoles) Half Day: $195
  • Ages 5–6 (Tadpoles) Full Day): $360 for members, $380 for non-members

Extended care hours offered: 7:30-9 a.m., and 4-5:30 p.m.

  • AM $75 for the week
  • PM $75 for the week

Deposits & Payments:

  • Phone: 50% per session per child (balance due May 15, 2020)
  • Online: paid in full at time of registration
  • All camp deposits and payments are nonrefundable
Required Forms:
  • Our camper paperwork system will be changing this year.  More information will be
    provided shortly after registration begins.
  • Camper forms are going digital! Starting February 1, 2020, all of our camper paperwork
    (except initial registration & payment) can be submitted online through CampDoc. An
    online link to complete your required camp paperwork through CampDoc will be sent to
    you via email after your initial registration through the EcoTarium.
  • Required camp paperwork includes acknowledgement of our camp guidelines, as well as
    required health forms, permission forms, and waivers.  It is the parent/guardian's
    responsibility to complete and return these forms before the child attends camp. State
    and local camp regulations require us to send your child home if we do not have these
    forms on file.
  • If you have any questions about the camp paperwork process, please contact our Camp
    Director at or 508.929.2721.

2020 Summer Discovery Camp

Register Here:

June 22-June 26 Science + Nature = Fun

Jump into summer with a week full of hands-on investigation, exploration, and fun. Open to ages 4.5-10.


June 29 – July 3 Creature Feature

Peek behind the scenes to meet native wildlife and discover how different animals talk, eat, move, and play.

Open to Tadpoles and Investigators.


July 6 – July 10 ImagiNature

Spark your creativity, imagination, and wonder as you explore science and nature through art, movement, and storytelling.

Open to Tadpoles, Investigators, and CITs.


July 13 – July 17 Mission: Earth and Space

Journey around the Earth and beyond the Solar System as you take on stellar science and astronomical engineering challenges.

Open to Tadpoles, Investigators, and CITs.


July 20 – July 24 Outdoor Adventures

Construct shelters, catch frogs, and explore the woods as you practice the skills you need to enjoy the great outdoors.

Open to Tadpoles, Investigators, and CITs.


July 27 – July 31 Solve it with STEM

Engineer solutions to real-world problems found in your backyard and across the globe.

Open to Tadpoles, Investigators, and CITs.


August 3 – August 7 Spies and Mysteries

Solve an exciting EcoTarium mystery using imagination, forensic science, technology, and engineering.

Open to Tadpoles, Investigators, and CITs.


August 10 – August 14 Animal Treats and Training

Discover the challenges and rewards of being a zookeeper as you learn how to keep creatures happy and healthy.

Open to Tadpoles, Investigators, and CITs.


August 17 – August 21 Wild About Nature

Explore the museum’s historic collections and try your hand at modern methods for studying the beauty and diversity of nature.

Open to ages 4.5-10.


Counselor in Training (CIT) Program: Ages 13-14

Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is for young teens interested in learning and teaching science and nature topics. Teens build leadership skills through team-building activities alongside their peers, and discover firsthand what it’s like to be a camp counselor as well as productive members of their community. Mentor counselors coach CITs as they learn to apply group-facilitation skills and assist younger campers. CITs will leave this program with a sense of teamwork, stronger communication skills, and a better understanding of who they are as leaders. This program is also excellent preparation for our popular Junior Counselor volunteer program. Camp fees and registration apply.

Click on the dates above to Register! 


Community Service Volunteer Opportunity for Teens – Junior Counselors: Ages 15-17

A great volunteer opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience in the field of nature and science! Junior Counselors earn community service hours while working directly with campers under the supervision of a mentor counselor. Topics include but are not limited to: natural science, engineering, technology, astronomy, and group and team building games. Teaching is through hands-on and inquiry methods that encourage exploration, self-directed learning, and stewardship of the natural environment. Junior Counselors must commit to a minimum of two to three weeks. A day-long training session is required.

Applications are due by March 31st of each year. If you have any questions, contact Teri Lynes, Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator at:

Click Here to Download the Application

This camp complies with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the local board of health.

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