Summer Camps

Our fun and educational summer camps are real family favorites! With a wide selection of themes and dates, for children entering grades 1-7, you are sure to find an incredible experience for your child here at the Peabody.  Don't wait, these camps fill up quickly!



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General Information

Registration for Yale Peabody Museum Members begins on Monday, February 4, 2019, at 9:00 AM. Members wishing to register their children beginning on February 4, 2019, will need to have their membership number available to complete the registration process – you must be a registered Museum member to register during this early registration window. Non-members may begin registration on Monday, February 18, 2019, at 9:00 AM.


The cost of our 5-day camp session is $340.00 per week for Peabody Museum Members and Yale employees. Non-member pricing is $370.00 per week.


Camps hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Drop off at camp will begin at 8:45 AM each day. Extended Care is available from 4:00 to 5:00 PM each day for an additional cost of $60.00 per week. Extended Care is not available on a day-to-day basis. 


For children who will be entering grades 1 – 3 in September 2019, we are offering six 1-week sessions. For children entering grades 4 – 6 in September 2019, we will also be offering six, 1-week camps.  Rising 7th graders are eligible to register for the The Art of Nature camp.



New Policies - 2019

The Yale Peabody Museum Summer Camp program will be using new registration software this year. Returning camper information will not be available on this new system. If you are interested in registering for the 2019 Summer Camp Program please create a user account on before registration begins (February 4 for Members, February 18 for Non-members). In addition, you will be able to purchase a Yale Peabody Museum Membership on this same website.


Refund Policy (Updated March 21, 2019)


A non-refundable $100.00 deposit applied to the camp balance is required to secure a spot for each camper for each camp week. 


For transfers from one camp to another, there will be a $25 fee per transfer to cover administrative costs. 


Cancellations on or prior to May 22, 2019 will be refunded 50% of the tuition fees paid beyond the $100.00 non-refundable deposit (e.g. if full tuition ($370/$340) had been paid, refund would be $135 for one week of camp at the non-member rate, or $120 for one week of camp at the member/Yale rate). 


No refund will be offered for any cancellations after May 22, 2019.


All payments for camp must be made in full by June 15, 2019. If your camp tuition is not paid in full by June 15, 2019, you will forfeit your child’s place in that camp.





The 2019 Yale Peabody Museum Summer Camp offerings are as follows:

 Grades 1-3Grades 4-6*
July 8-12, 2019Incredible Animals!Archaeologists' League
July 15-19, 2019Dinosaur DetectivesPaleontologists' League
July 22-26, 2019Incredible Animals!Peabody Naturalists
July 29-August 2, 2019Dinosaur DetectivesHidden Worlds
August 5-9, 2019Earth Rocks!Terra Firma
August 12-16, 2019Nature BuildersThe Art of Nature*

* The Art of Nature will accept rising 7th graders



Incredible Animals! (Grades 1-3) Session I: July 8-12, 2019/Session II: July 22-26, 2019

Jaguars and bobcats and bears, oh my! Learn about the incredible animals on display in the Peabody and so many more during a week filled with exciting activities, special behind-the-scenes tours, and appearances by live animals! You’ll also venture outside to spot local animals in the wild and try your hand at collecting insects. Who knew nature could be so awesome? NOTE: Session I and Session II content is identical.


Archaeologists’ League (Grades 4-6) July 8-12, 2019

If you’re interested in ancient cultures and archaeology, the Archaeologists’ League is just for you! For five days you’ll explore human history and prehistory, delve into ancient civilizations, and uncover hidden wonders. This camp features a hands-on introduction to archaeology and a behind-the-scenes tour of our Anthropology collections, and it ends with a real archaeological dig!


Dinosaur Detectives (Grades 1-3) Session I: July 15-19, 2019/Session II: July 29-August 2, 2019

Discover the ancient world of dinosaurs! Learn more about these mighty creatures, whose skeletons tower over us in the Peabody’s Great Hall of Dinosaurs. You’ll handle real dinosaur bones and other fossils from the Museum’s collections and spend a fun-filled week engaging in dinosaur-themed games, crafts and learning.  NOTE: Session I and Session II content is identical.


Paleontologists’ League (Grades 4-6) July 15-19, 2019

The Peabody is well known for its magnificent dinosaur collection, but did you know that we have more than four million specimens of other fossil vertebrates, invertebrates and plants? Join the Paleontologists’ League and take a journey through the Peabody’s fossil collections! You’ll learn how scientists compare fossils with closely-related living animals to determine how these long-extinct creatures might have looked and behaved, and you won’t leave empty-handed.


Peabody Naturalists (Grades 4-6) July 22-26, 2019:

Take your knowledge about the amazing organisms on Earth to a whole new level. Learn from Peabody scientists what makes animals and plants such a crucial and awesome part of our planet. This camp features behind-the-scenes collections tours, live animal appearances, and a field trip to collect and study marine invertebrates. By the end of this week you’ll be a Peabody Naturalist!


Hidden Worlds (Grades 4-6) July 29-August 2, 2019

They say the world looks different depending on your lens. From microscopes to telescopes, scientific instruments have allowed us to observe and study what was previously invisible in the world. In this brand-new camp, you’ll delve into microscopic life, view sunspots, explore the inner workings of projectors, and construct a simple lens-based instrument. Our collection of historical scientific instruments provides unique insights into the humble beginnings of today’s most important scientific tools.


Earth Rocks! (Grades 1-3) August 5-9, 2019

Get ready to rock and roll! Packed with hands-on Earth science activities, this camp is the perfect opportunity to explore the wondrous world of rocks and minerals. Your journey begins with a survey of the Peabody’s extensive mineral displays and collections, including the amazing specimens in David Friend Hall. You’ll also hike to a local geological formation and have the chance to start your very own collection!


Terra Firma (Grades 4-6) August 5-9, 2019

The Peabody Museum’s collection and displays of rocks, minerals and meteorites are second to none. In Terra Firma (from Latin, “firm land”), you’ll explore those collections in depth, take a hike to a formation of ancient lava, and venture out on a mineral collecting field expedition to a nearby quarry! You’ll also learn about the importance of rocks and minerals in our everyday life. After all, if you can’t grow it, it was probably mined from the Earth!


Nature Builders (Grades 1-3) August 12-16, 2019

New for 2019, this week is all about building with natural objects! You’ll make fun and interesting crafts every day and will learn all about the plants, shells, minerals and other natural objects we’ll be working with. You’ll also learn that the natural world is filled with builders; from bird nests to beaver dams to cocoons, you’ll visit our collections to see amazing examples of animal engineers and their handiwork and discover a whole new level of natural ingenuity!


The Art of Nature (Grades 4-7) August 12-16, 2019

From the world-famous The Age of Reptiles mural in the Great Hall to the life-sized Torosaurus sculpture outside the Museum, art is an integral part of the Peabody. In this camp, expert instructors will teach techniques in various media, including pencil, watercolor and clay. Using the amazing specimens of butterflies, birds, mammals and prehistoric animals available at the Museum, you will increase your observation skills while exploring color in nature and art, shape and form, and basic animal anatomy.



Financial Assistance


The Yale Peabody Museum Summer Camp Program has a limited number of Financial Assistance Awards available for campers. Financial assistance will be awarded based on documented financial need. Please note that a portion of the Financial Assistance Awards will be reserved for students who were enrolled in the New Haven Public School System during the 2018/2019 academic year, or who anticipate being enrolled during the 2019/2020 academic year. Applicants requesting financial assistance are required to return the attached Financial Assistance Form and any additional documents no later than April 22, 2019.


2019 Financial Assistance Form


All Financial Assistance paperwork can also be brought to the front desk of the Yale Peabody Museum Tuesday-Sunday. Please make sure all the documents are in an envelope marked with “Summer Camp Office”. If you choose to mail your Financial Assistance form and the additional documents, the envelope must be postmarked no later than April 22, 2019 and sent to:


Summer Camp Program Office

Yale Peabody Museum

P.O. Box 208118

New Haven, CT  06520-8118




Additional Information


In addition, please be reminded that Yale Peabody Museum Members will be able to register their children 2 weeks before the registration is open to Non-members and they will receive a discounted rate for camp tuition. If you want to take advantage of the early registration and camp discount, please create a user account on before registration for Members begins on February 4, 2019. You will also be able to purchase a Yale Peabody Museum Membership on this same website.


The Yale Peabody Museum Summer Camp Program is a Connecticut State licensed camp and is inspected annually by the State of Connecticut. Our staff undergoes an extensive training that includes First-Aid, CPR, and Medication Administration, and they are thoroughly background checked. Please email or call 203-432-3776 if you need any additional information regarding our 2019 Summer Camp Program.



The Summer Camp Team