Summer Camps

* Camps are open for registration! *

We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will contact participants immediately should any significant changes to our program be required.

 

Join us for Peabody Museum Summer Camps in Summer 2020!

 

There are many wonderful changes happening in the museum as we prepare for the renovation and expansion of the Peabody including some changes in our Summer Camp offerings. This year we are excited to offer sessions focused on hands-on inquiry using our incredible collections, unique learning opportunities afforded by our Yale University partners, and real-world investigation on our field expeditions. 

 

As of June 30, ALL galleries will be closed to the public. Summer Camp will use Peabody classrooms as our home base and each week will include a mix of classroom-based activities, collections visits, walking field trips to nearby Yale facilities, and bus field trips. 

 

Summer Camps will run from July 6th through August 14th with one-week sessions open to children entering 3rd - 7th grade in the 2020/2021 academic school year.

 

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. Yale employees will be prompted to enter your NetID; use coupon code: STAFF30

 

Early registration for members opens on Friday, February 28th at 8am

General registration opens on Monday, March 2nd at 8am

 

 REGISTER HERE!

 

General Information

 

Camp sessions will focus on hands-on inquiry using our incredible collections, unique learning opportunities afforded by our Yale University partners, and real-world investigation on our field expeditions. Each week will include a mix of classroom-based activities, collections visits, walking field trips to nearby Yale facilities, and bus field trips.

 

The regular camp day runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Drop off at camp will begin at 8:45 AM each day. After Care is available from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM each day for an additional cost of $60 per week. After Care is not available on a day-to-day basis.

 

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. All payments for camp must be made in full by June 15, 2020. 

 

Museum Memberships are currently available at a discounted rate of $50.00. Please note that any membership purchased at this time will expire on June 30, 2020. There will be no regular access to the Museum or any of its galleries after that date. Museum Members have access to early Summer Camp Registration on Friday, February 28th and the discounted rate of $340.00. Membership number is required for early registration.

 

Become a Member

 

Yale Peabody Museum Summer Camps will be using Camp Doc registration software this year. Payments will display on your account statement as DOCNETWORK LLC. Returning camper information will not be available on this new system. If you believe we have a physical on file for your child from the past 36 months, please contact the Summer Camp Office.  

 


 

Schedule

 

Camp sessions will focus on a wide range of natural history topics including anthropology, paleontology, geology, zoology, entomology, and botany. Please plan to enroll your child in the camp session that corresponds to the grade they will be entering in the 2020-2021 academic school year. 

 

Peabody Explorers Camp is for children entering grades 3rd - 4th. Peabody Naturalists Camp is for children entering grades 5th - 7th. The camp theme for each week is shared. During the camp day, campers will spend time in their age-alike camp groups (24 campers) as well as with the whole camp for lunch, group activities, and field trips. 

 

Session 1: Hidden Worlds

July 6 - July 10

 

Spend a week exploring the wonders of science! Learn about the historical and modern instruments used in ecology, physics, and astrophysics. Build your own tools to explore the invisible universe around you! You’ll experience the magic of the natural world in the lab, then take that knowledge outdoors to practice your skills of observation, inquiry, and hypothesis testing in nature.

 

Session 2: The Art of Nature 

July 13 - July 17

 

Spend an art-focused week discovering the incredible range of color and form in the natural world! We’ll explore the beautiful and brilliant architecture of eggs and nests in the Peabody’s ornithology collections and see the expression of color in specimens from the entomology collections. Learn how to use different media to blend imagination, creativity, and science and make this a week to remember!

 

Session 3: Dinosaurs Alive!

July 20 - July 24

 

Our beloved dinosaur fossils may have left, but did you know that there are living dinosaurs all around us? Yes, birds are dinosaurs! We’ll find out how scientists know this by exploring dinosaur habitats, ancient and modern, and learn about other prehistoric life in the Peabody’s fossil plant and invertebrate collections. Let your passion for dinosaurs take flight! 

 

Session 4: Earth Rocks! 

July 27 - July 31

 

Explore the gritty and amazing world of rocks, minerals, and meteorites! We’ll go behind the scenes in the Peabody’s fabulous mineralogy collections, hike through local geological formations, and venture out to collect our own samples. Learn about the importance of rocks and minerals in our everyday life and start a mineral collection of your own!

 

Session 5: Maples, Muskrats & Mini Beasts

August 3 - August 7

 

Discover the diversity of the natural world through the Peabody’s collections, then take your newfound skills into the field. We’ll learn from museum scientists why animals, plants, and insects are such a crucial and awesome part of our environment. You’ll put your knowledge to the test as we explore forest and marine ecosystems. This camp will make you look at nature in a whole new way!

 

Session 6: Past and Present: People & Places

August 10 - August 14

 

Let’s take a closer look at ourselves! We’ll spend the week exploring the relationships between people and the places where we have lived throughout history and prehistory. In the Peabody’s Hall of Human Origins, we’ll travel back millions of years to learn how our species evolved. And through archaeology we’ll investigate how cultures have used plants and other natural resources, and the ways in which people and nature interact today. 

 


 

Financial Assistance    

The Yale Peabody Museum Summer Camp Program offers financial assistance based on documented financial need. Complete the financial assistance application and return to the Summer Camp Office by email, mail, or drop off in person at the front desk of the museum, Tuesday through Sunday. Families will be notified within two weeks of submitting an application. 

 

Deliver paper applications to: 

 

Summer Camp Program Office

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

PO Box 208118

New Haven, CT 06520-8118

 

Please contact the Summer Camps Office if you are interested in finding out more information or want help applying for financial assistance: peabody.programs@yale.edu or 203-432-3776. 

 

Download the financial assistance application HERE

 

2020 Refund Policy 

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

 

Cancellations prior to June 1, 2020 will be refunded 50% of the tuition fees paid beyond the $100.00 non-refundable deposit. No refund will be offered for any cancellations made on or after June 1, 2020.

 

Should any camp programs be cancelled due to coronavirus (COVID-19), full refunds will be extended to affected participants.

 

All payments for camp must be made in full by June 15, 2020. If your camp tuition is not paid in full by June 15, 2020, you will forfeit your child’s place in that camp.

 

Any questions?

Contact the Camps and Public Programs Office at (203) 432-3776 or peabody.programs@yale.edu 

 

Additional Information:

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 peabody.programs@yale.edu or call 203-432-3776 if you need any additional information regarding our 2020 Summer Camp Program.