Peabody Summer Camps

Does your middle-schooler love to explore the world around them? Give them an unforgettable experience this year in the Yale Peabody Museum’s exciting summer program!

Choose from three camp themes—forest, ocean, and ancient ecosystems—that bring participants on educational field trips and into our world-renowned collections. We’re inviting rising 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade campers to participate in behind-the-scenes learning and outdoor nature adventures that highlight environmental stewardship and advocacy. They’ll encounter researchers working in their labs and the specimens they’re using at the cutting-edge of science. Though our galleries are still being renovated, we are thrilled to be able to provide summer opportunities for young people who want to learn more about nature away from their computers.

Our small group, themed camps have a 12-to-2 camper-to-staff ratio. Each two-week camp session (with some overlap in activities) includes:

  • Several visits to our collections for in-depth, hands-on learning in natural history
  • An on-campus field trip to one of Yale’s many extraordinary cultural and scientific institutions to learn about the important role of museums in science and the arts
  • Lab-based experiments that teach scientific inquiry and lab safety practices
  • Natural history collecting during off-campus field trips
  • Expressing science through journaling, drawing, painting, and other creative mediums.

A special feature of each camp is an individual or team project for every camper to explore a personal interest during the session.

When registering, choose from among the topics below. Two groups are offered in each themed session. Sessions are open to rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade campers.


2022 Sessions

Forest

Forest Ecosystems

July 5–15, 2022

Are you passionate about climate change and our world’s forests? Why is New Haven called the Elm City, but there are so few elm trees to be found? Curious to learn more about the ancient and modern relationships between plants and people?

Explore your relationship to our local forests in fun, hands-on outdoor experiences. Back on campus, learn alongside Peabody scientists in the Museum’s collections with an interdisciplinary approach that draws on scientific inquiry, written reflection, and artistic creation. Campers will gain an understanding of forest ecosystems, human impacts on them, and develop a greater range of expression in the sciences and arts. Activities include:

  • Behind-the-scenes visits to the Peabody’s Botany, Paleobotany, Vertebrate Zoology, and Entomology collections
  • A hands-on art activity
  • A visit to Yale’s Marsh Botanical Garden
  • An off-campus field trip to Yale West Campus woods and collections


Ocean

Ocean Ecosystems

July 18–29, 2022

Do you love marine mammals? Want to learn more about the Long Island Sound and climate change? Curious about what lives at the unknown depths of our planet’s oceans?

Explore your relationship to nearby ocean environments in fun, hands-on outdoor experiences. Then come back to campus to learn alongside Peabody scientists in the Museum’s collections. Our interdisciplinary approach draws on scientific inquiry, written reflection, and artistic creation. Campers will gain an understanding of ocean ecosystems, human impacts on them, and develop a greater range of expression in the sciences and arts. Activities include:

  • Behind-the-scenes visits to the Peabody’s Invertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Zoology, and Invertebrate Paleontology collections
  • A hands-on art activity
  • An off-campus trip to Horse Island—the Museum’s private research property in the Thimble Islands archipelago in Branford, CT


Ancient

Ancient Ecosystems

August 1–12, 2022

Ever wonder what the Connecticut landscape looked like 4,000 years ago? What about 4 million years ago? Wish you could travel back there to tell scientists and environmentalists about it today?

Explore the relationship between climate change and today’s ecosystems, and the ancient ecosystems they’ve evolved from through fun, hands-on outdoor experiences. Come back to campus to learn alongside Peabody scientists in the Museum’s collections using an interdisciplinary approach that draws on scientific inquiry, written reflection, and artistic creation. Campers will gain an understanding of ancient ecosystems, how they relate to those we live within today, and develop a greater range of expression in the sciences and arts. Activities include:

  • Behind-the-scenes visits to the Peabody’s Vertebrate Paleontology, Invertebrate Paleontology, and Anthropology collections
  • A hands-on art activity


FAQ

2022 Registration Fee:
Session 1:         $540 per camper
Sessions 2 & 3:     $600 per camper    

Camp Hours:
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:30pm, with extended day options available for an additional fee

COVID-19 Policy:
All summer camp participants must be fully vaccinated, having completed their initial vaccine series at least two weeks prior to their first day of camp. COVID-19 program policies will be in compliance with Office of Early Childhood Youth Summer Camps and Yale University guidelines and are subject to change based on public health conditions. Current protocols require all campers and staff to mask indoors with the option to unmask outdoors.

Financial Assistance:   
Tuition assistance for the Peabody Summer Camp is available based on financial need. You can apply for financial assistance when you register for the program using Camp Doc. If you need to find out more information before applying or want help with the process, please contact the Summer Camp Office at: peabody.programs@yale.edu or (475) 241-4867.  
 
2022 Refund Policy: 
A non-refundable $100.00 deposit applied to the camp balance is required to secure a spot for each camper for each two-week camp session.  
 
Cancellations on or prior to July 1, 2022 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 after July 1, 2022.
 
All payments for camp must be made in full two weeks before the start of your session unless otherwise arranged with the Summer Camp Director. If your payment is not paid in full before two weeks of the start of the session, you will forfeit your child’s place in the camp.  
 
In the case of program cancellation due to public health conditions and/or a change in Yale University COVID-19 protocols, all payments will be refunded.  
 
Additional Information:
The Yale Peabody Museum Summer Camp Program is a Connecticut State licensed camp and is inspected annually by the State of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. All staff are First-Aid and CPR certified as well as background checked.