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Summer Camp, June 22 - August 14

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, walk in the steps of ancient Maya, and explore nature’s wonders. So much is new at theNAT and we’re thrilled to share it with you!

We offer full-day camps for grades 1-8 and half-day camps for pre-K/Kindergarten.

Registration begins Monday, March 2 for members, Monday March 9 for non-members. 

Three easy ways to register:

  1. Register online  
  2. Call 877.946.7797
  3. Register in-person at the Museum

Important Information:



  • Members $145 | Non-members $170
  • Camps are half days and one week each

Grades 1-5

  • Members $265 | Non-members $295
  • Camps are full days and one week each

Grades 6-8

  • Members $365 | Non-members $390
  • Camps are full days and one week each

Note: Camps visiting our special exhibition Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed 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. This summer we are proud to introduce our new permanent exhibition Coast to Cactus in Southern California .


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 1-8 run from 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • Returning this year, we will offer a specialized camp for grades 6-8. This camp is a unique opportunity for campers to work alongside theNAT’s exhibits team to create an exhibit of their own.
  • Camps begin the week of June 22 and run through the week of August 10. The most popular camps will sell out, so register early to guarantee your spot!
  • Our camps are structured by grade level. Children in pre-K/Kindergarten camps should be ages 4 or 5 and/or entering Kindergarten. Children in camps for grades 1-8 should enroll in camps based on their grade level as of September 2015. 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 memories that last a lifetime. We look forward to sharing the wonders of the natural world with your child!


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




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