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Summer Camp at theNAT is where it's at!

Join the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) for a summer of science, fun, and friendship! Discover dinosaurs, set sail with pirates, and explore nature’s wonders. So much is new at theNAT and we’re thrilled to share it with you!

We are now offering full-day camps for grades 1-8.

To register, click “Register Now” below, call 877.946.7797, or register in-person at the Museum. 


  • Pre-K/Kindergarten
  • Members $145 | Non-members $170
  • (Camps are half-days and one week long each) 
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  • Grades 1-5
  • Members $265 | Non-members $295
  • (Camps are full-days and one week long each) 
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  • NEW! Grades 6-8
  • Members $365 | Non-members $390
  • (Camps are full-days and one week long each) 
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Note: Camps visiting our new exhibition, Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, will include an upcharge to cover the ticket price.

Our half-day camps for Pre-K/Kindergarten and full-day camps for grades 1 - 8 are designed to teach and inspire children about the natural world. Through hands-on activities, exhibition tours, garden walks in the Park, and visits from Museum scientists, our campers experience just how amazing nature is.

Each camp is created to encourage learning through creativity, imagination, and fun. We are passionate about teaching children about our natural world and our history with specific attention dedicated to the diversity and beauty of our own region.

Additional Camp Info

  • Our half-day summer camps for Pre-K/Kindergarten run in the morning from 9 AM to noon, Monday through Friday. 
  • Our full-day summer camps for grades 1-5 run from 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday. 
  • New this year, we will be offering a camp for grades 6-8. This camp is a unique opportunity for campers to work alongside our Museum exhibit staff to create an exhibit of their own. 
  • Camps begin the week of June 16 and run through the week of August 18.  The most popular camps will sell out, so register early to guarantee your spot!  Please note that camps are not in session the week of June 30–July 4.  
  • Our camps are structured by grade level. Children in Preschool–Kindergarten classes should be ages 4, 5, and/or entering Kindergarten. Children in classes for grades 1–8 should enroll in camps based on their grade level as of September 2014. To ensure a high-quality experience, it is important that all participants are with their same-age peers. 
  • Fun and safety are our #1 priority.  Campers are expected to show respect for their fellow campers, instructors, staff, the Museum, and the environment. Disruptive behavior and physical aggression are not permitted. If a problem persists, campers may be removed from the program with no refund. We want everyone to make friends and memories that last a lifetime. The NAT is looking forward to sharing the wonders of the world with your child! 

Do you know a teenager age 16 or older who would like to earn community service hours in a fun environment working with children? We are now accepting  applications for summer camp volunteers.




Check out this video for a snapshot of which institutions in Balboa Park offer amazing summer camp programs.