Summer Camps

Girl on the rocks by the ocean

Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

Junior Museum & Zoo

Cubberley Auditorium

4050 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-329-2111

 

funscience@cityofpaloalto.org

Summer 2020: Online Registration begins June 8th for Palo Alto residents, June 15th for non-residents. 

The Junior Museum & Zoo is offering three in-person camps, and one virtual camp for summer 2020.

 

Because of restrictions due to COVID-19, we are offering our in-person camps as two, and three week sessions options. Zoo camp will not be offered in-person in 2020, but we do have a virtual Zoo Camp option (see below for details).

 

Down by the Bay! Camp

Baylands Nature Center - 2775 Embarcadero Way

9:00am - 2:30pm
The Junior Museum and Zoo presents: Down by the Bay, where the pickleweed grows … Have you ever seen a stilt wading through the silt?  Have you ever seen a skimmer searching for her dinner?  Have you ever seen the dodder orange by the water?  Down By The Bay!  Our local Baylands Park and Nature Center becomes your personal research station.  Be prepared to be out in the sun and get a bit muddy and wet while we learn about the fascinating animals and plants in the world around us.  With nature as our inspiration, we’ll also explore creative expression through art and poetry.  Each week will include hiking, nature observing, games, music, arts, and crafts.  This camp combines the best of Bay Camp and Natural Wonders.  Use the grade your child JUST COMPLETED in the spring as his/her grade for camp registration


Invention Convention

Lucie Stern Community Room - 1305 Middlefield Road

9:00am - 2:30pm

Calling young inventors, engineers and scientists!  Join the Junior Museum and Zoo and get your hands busy building and experimenting as we learn about electricity, machines, kinetic and potential energy, and more.  Physics, chemistry and invention through ages combine in this mind-stretching, contraption-building, and concoction-mixing camp.  We’ll study technologies of the past and learn how they apply to modern life, from ancient hieroglyphics to code-breaking.   Imaginative games, stories, arts and crafts will supplement the science activities and add to the fun.  This camp combines the best of Camp Kinetic and Camp Chronos. Use the grade your child JUST COMPLETED in the spring as his/her grade for camp registration.


Planet Earth, Planet Ocean

Cubberley Community Center Pavilion - 4000 Middlefield Rd.
9:00am - 2:30pm

Join the Junior Museum and Zoo, and learn about our dynamic planet, from the tops of exploding volcanoes to the crushing depths of undersea canyons.  Investigate geology, paleontology, oceanography and more through genuine fossils and mineral specimens and scientific models of earthquakes and ocean currents.  Dive deep into your imagination when you build your own tiny submarine!  What creatures might you encounter in the vast watery depths?  Bring your curiosity and questions about the earthen and oceanic regions of our planet, and have a ball discovering the answers!  Imaginative games, stories, art, and crafts will supplement the science activities and add to the fun.  This camp combines the best of Jurassic Camp and Camp Oceana.  Sorry, no pre- or post-camp available for this camp. Use the grade your child JUST COMPLETED in the spring as his/her grade for camp registration.


Zoo Camp: Virtual

Online Camp
10:00am - 3:00pm (with a 1-hour break from 12:00-1:00)

This 4-hour a day, week-long camp experience will provide kids with daily virtual visitations with the animals of the Junior Museum and Zoo, and exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at how we care for them.  Each day, campers will meet from 10 a.m. - noon, break for lunch for an hour, and then reassemble from 1 - 3 p.m. Students will learn about the physiology and lifestyles of our zoo animals, and get to see activities like medical care, diet preparation, feedings, and enrichment.  They’ll gain a better understanding of what makes animals thrive--both those living with humans and those living in the wild.  The camp week will include an at-home project using easily accessible materials.  Use the grade your child JUST COMPLETED in the spring as his/her grade for camp registration.  Campers will participate through Zoom Webinar and the meeting link will be emailed to participants at least one week prior to the start of camp.