Camps and No-School Days for Kids

Each year, the museum offers no-school day programs and summer camps emphasizing archaeology, paleontology, and museum exploration. The programs engage children in hands-on learning, cooperative activities, and scientific investigation. Summer camps are offered in August and registration typically opens in the spring.

Our summer camps blend meaningful learning with a whole lot of fun! At the museum and elsewhere on the University of Oregon campus, campers dig deep into archaeology, paleontology, nature, and history.

Session fees are $195 for museum members and $245 for the public. We offer a 10 percent discount for families with more than one child attending camp.

MNCH campers will enjoy the benefits of a small camp group led by a professional museum educator - and together they'll explore the museum, visit on-campus labs, and interact with a variety of UO scientists! 

Space is limited to 12 campers per session! We encourage you to register early. 

Registration is now open for 2016.

Download a registration form (PDF)

Not a member? Become one today! Learn more about museum membership. 

Summer Camp Sessions

SESSION 1: August 1-5
Oregon’s Amazing Animals
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with aftercare available 
Ages 7-9 (entering grades 2-4)
Did you know Oregon was once home to a giant ground sloth, a sabertooth salmon and a giant beaver? Learn how these and other ancient animals survived in Oregon’s changing environments, and explore the amazing diversity of animals living in Oregon today.

SESSION 2: August 22-26
Museum Quest
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with aftercare available 
Ages 9-11 (entering grades 4-6) 
Join an exciting journey back in time! Dig for clues, solve puzzles, and piece together an ancient mystery. Your quest will take you deep into the museum collections and face to face with real scientists as you discover the fascinating worlds of archaeology and paleontology. 

After-Care Available!
Supervised after-care is available Monday-Thursday from 4:00-5:00pm for an additional fee of $20 per camp session. Please sign campers up for after-care when registering for camp and no later than one-week in advance of the start of each camp session.

For More Information
Check out our FAQ page. Still have questions? Contact us at or 541-346-3024.