American Museum of National History Presents Summer 2017 Camps

The Adventures in Science program introduces children to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations and interactive tours of Museum exhibits. The three-day workshops and weeklong day camps or institutes explore topics such as astrophysics, human evolution, mummies, climate change, and Cuba.

The following is a listing of available summer 2017 camp offerings for students in grades 1-8 at the American Museum of Natural History. For more information on camps for grades 1-5, visit http://www.amnh.org/adventures, and for information on camps for grades 6-8 visithttp://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/grades-6-8/middle-school-institutes/

Grade 1

First Discoveries
Wednesday, July 5-Friday, July 7
9 am­-1 pm
$300 ($285 for Members)
Get a taste of hands-on learning in this introductory camp. Over three half-days, you will explore the moon, follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs, and prepare for a celebration as a child of the Haida Gwaii nation.

Grades 2 and 3

Cuba: A Time to Explore
Monday, July 17-Friday, July 21; or
Monday, July 31-Friday, August 4
9 am-4 pm
$550 ($525 for Members)
Join us on a trip to Cuba! Walk through the streets of Havana to hear the music and experience the culture, and visit the country's various habitats to explore Cuba's incredible diversity of wildlife, much of which can only be found on this unique island nation.

PaleoAdventures: A Prehistoric Gathering
Monday, August 28-Friday, September 1
9 am-4 pm
$550 ($525 for Members)
Stegosaurus, Oviraptor, or Tyrannosaurus rex-which is your favorite? Get up close with real dinosaur fossils, learn how dinosaurs walked and what they ate, and immerse yourself in the diversity of these prehistoric animals.

Grades 4 and 5

Cuba: A Time to Explore
Monday, July 10-Friday, July 14;
or Monday, July 24-Friday, July 28
9 am-4 pm
$550 ($525 for Members)
Join us on a trip to Cuba! Walk through the streets of Havana to hear the music and experience the culture, and visit the country's various habitats to explore Cuba's incredible diversity of wildlife, much of which can only be found on this unique island nation.

GeoExplorers: Earth's Destructive Power
Monday, July 17-Friday, July 21;
9 am-4 pm
$550 ($525 for Members)
Earthquakes, volcanoes, and more-watch out! Have you ever wondered what causes natural disasters? Learn about the forces of nature and how people around the world continuously cope with their dangers and aftermath.

Mummies: Unwrapping the Past
Monday, August 7-Friday, August 11;
or Monday, August 28-Friday, September 1
9 am-4 pm
$550 ($525 for Members)
Ancient Egyptians weren't the only people to practice mummification. Journey through the past as we unravel the mysteries left behind by civilizations from around the globe, and discover how scientists use today's tools to reconstruct the faces of these ancient people.

AnthroExplorers: Last Man Standing
Monday, August 21-Friday, August 25
9 am-4 pm
$550 ($525 for Members)
What is the secret to our success as a species? Explore clues left behind by prehistoric hominins and investigate how their early adaptations affected their survival. Together, we'll decipher the differences between our species and our extinct relatives.

Middle School Institutes

Grades 6, 7, and 8

Digital Universe: Flight School
Monday July 3­- Friday July 7;
or Monday, August 28­-Friday, September 1
9 am-4 pm
$550 ($525 for Members)
Have you ever dreamed of flying among the stars and looking back at Earth? In this program, you will explore the vastness of space using the digital projection of the Museum's three-dimensional digital map of the universe. You will master the software and science behind the Digital Universe and have the opportunity to use the Rose Center's Hayden Planetarium to create a short live presentation that highlights the art of data visualization and the importance of storytelling while displaying the scientific concepts connected to planetary science and astrophysics investigated in this course. Come join us for a virtual journey among the stars.

Coding Climate Change (Grades 7 and 8 only)
Monday, July 3­- Friday, July 7
9 am-4 pm
$550 ($525 for Members)
Ocean currents, ecology ... computer programming? Coding Climate Change is a new course that explores climate science and computer science. With Python, a popular coding language used widely by scientists in many fields, students will ask and answer scientific questions by analyzing data from the NASA Earth Observatory. No coding experience is necessary-we'll start from the beginning. Along the way, students will take a deep dive into current climate science research and develop basic coding skills. Join us for an opportunity to learn about the forces changing the global climate and the tools scientists use to study them.

Eco Rangers
Monday, July 10­-Friday, July 14
9 am-4 pm
$550 ($525 for Members)
Lace up your boots, grab your field notebook, and experience the urban environment through a conservation lens as an AMNH Eco Ranger! Learn the tools and techniques conservation scientists use to gather information about endangered habitats, and explore the Museum's biodiversity resources in the exhibit halls, genetics labs, and beyond. Then head out into the field to explore the local environment and get hands-on experience collecting data! With the help of the institute's Eco Guides, students will develop a conservation plan based on their fieldwork. Are you ready to take the future of our planet in your hands?

Virtual Worlds Institute: What Happened to the Neanderthals?
Monday July 10­-Friday, July 21
9 am-4 pm
$550 ($525 for Members)
The scene: Homo sapiens and Neanderthals are living side by side in Ice Age Europe. Were they friends or enemies? Did they speak to each other, mate with each other, or kill each other? Why did Neanderthals become extinct and leave humans as the only hominid species on Earth? Use fossil and genetic evidence to investigate these questions and then bring competing scenarios to life in a virtual Ice Age Europe. In this Virtual Worlds Institute, we will work with fossil specimens from the Museum's collections, take behind-the-scenes tours of our research departments, and meet scientists who currently work in the field of physical anthropology.

Archeology: Digging in the Digital Age
Monday, August 7­-Friday, August 11
9 am-4 pm
$550 ($525 for Members)
From ancient Sumerian ziggurats to Civil War battlefields, the study of our human past raises questions about where we came from and where we're going. Today's archaeologists explore the history and prehistory of cultures around the world with a tool kit that includes subsurface sonar surveys, simple handheld shovels-and everything in between. In this program, we will explore the field of archaeology to understand how it defines our past and present and how it shapes our future. We will conduct archaeological surveys, handle and interpret objects from the Museum's education collection as we explore how human landscapes and cultures change over time, and learn how archaeologists conduct their research in today's digital world.

Ancient Sharks
Monday, August 14­-Friday, August 18
9 am-4 pm
$550 ($525 for Members)
Sharks-for more than 400 million years, these fearsome fishes have been among the ocean's top predators. In this institute, you will use the Museum's amazing fossil collection to learn about the strange and fascinating history of these extraordinary creatures. Through a combination of hands-on activities and computer-generated graphics, you will build a detailed knowledge of ancient shark biology, behavior, and environments.

Evolution Institute
Monday, August 28-­­Friday, September 1
9 am­4 pm
$550 ($525 for Members)
Did you know that we share our planet with more than five million species? In this program, you will explore the amazing diversity of life on our planet, by visiting our fossil halls and our genetics labs, exploring the diversity right in front of us in New York City, and examining our world-famous collections of specimens. Join us to gain understanding of the genetic and physical evidence for evolution, meet Museum scientists that work in different fields of biology, and take behind-the-scenes tours of our research departments.

Museum Info

Hours

The Museum is open daily, 10 am-5:45 pm. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Admission

Museum admission is free to all New York City school and camp groups.

Suggested general admission, which supports the Museum's scientific and educational endeavors and offers access to the Museum's 45 halls including the Rose Center for Earth and Space, is $22 (adults) suggested, $17 (students/seniors) suggested, $12.50 (children) suggested. All prices are subject to change.

The Museum offers discounted combination ticket prices that include suggested general admission plus special exhibitions, giant-screen 2D or 3D film, and Space Shows.

Museum Plus One includes one special exhibition, giant-screen 2D or 3D film, or Space Show: $27 (adults), $22 (students/seniors), $16 (children)

Museum Supersaver includes all special exhibitions, giant-screen 2D or 3D film, and Space Show: $35 (adults), $28 (students/seniors), $22 (children)

Visitors who wish to pay less than the suggested Museum admission and also purchase a ticket to attend a special exhibition, giant-screen 2D or 3D film, or Space Show may do so on-site at the Museum. To the amount they wish to pay for general admission, they add $25 (adults), $20.50 (students/seniors), or $13.50 (children) for a Space Show, special exhibition, or giant-screen or 3D film.

Public Information

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