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 2019: Online Registration begins March 21st for Palo Alto residents, March 28th for non-residents. Deadline for Palo Alto resident registration through the Draw is March 8th at 5:30.

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The Junior Museum & Zoo offers several hands-on, week-long science camps available for kids exiting Kindergarten through 6th Grade.

 

Children ages 3-5 can sign up for 2-week long half-day camps providing a variety of early science experiences with chemistry, physics, botany, geology, zoology, construction, mathematics, electricity and more!

 

Children exiting 7th grade through 10th grade can participate in a job skills mentoring program as Science Camp Assistants (SCAs). Whether you’re just starting out on your journey of discovery, or you’re a young adult ready to help, the Junior Museum is the place to be each summer!

 

For Post camp care, see our post camp section at the bottom.

 

Bay Camp

Baylands Nature Center - 2775 Embarcadero Way

8:45am - 2:15pm
Come spend a week discovering our very own Salt Marsh! Each day we will have a different theme to explore through engaging activities. You will be a fisherman and a scientist, traverse Byxbee Park, and paddle the Baylands sloughs in canoes for a closer look at the plants and birds. Be prepared to be out in the sun and to get a bit muddy or wet while you learn about this special habitat. Daily games and arts & crafts activities will complement the days’ themes, so bring your imagination!

Sorry, no Pre-Camp is available for this camp.

 

Camp Chronos

Lucie Stern Fireside Room - 1305 Middlefield Road

8:30am - 2:00pm

Time travel through science! Join us and rediscover ancient technologies as you build famous inventions, perform historic experiments, and look back in time through space. Explore physics, chemistry, and astronomy in the past, present, and future!

Sorry, no Pre-Camp is available for this camp.

 

Camp Oceana

Not offered in 2019
Investigate the mysteries of the deep. Learn about underwater volcanoes and mountains, ocean creatures and plants, and things that sparkle in the darkest parts of the sea. Join us to explore the biology, geology and chemistry of the sea. Campers exiting 3rd and 4th grade will take a study trip to Pillar Point State Beach!

 

Jurassic Camp

Baylands Nature Center - 2775 Embarcadero Way

8:45am - 2:15pm

Learn all about dinosaurs and geology in this incredible exploration of the earth. Examine real dinosaur fossils, make casts of fossils and conduct a fossil dig. Build a volcano, investigate rocks and minerals and start your own rock collection.

Sorry, no Pre-Camp is available for this camp.

 

Camp Kinetic

Lucie Stern Fireside Room - 1305 Middlefield Road

Girl Scout House - 1451 Middlefield Rd.

8:30am - 2:00pm

This highly charged camp will make your hair stand on end! Join us to explore physics and chemistry. We’ll be building, breaking, floating and squishing all sorts of contraptions and gooey concoctions. 

Sorry, no Pre-Camp is available for this camp.

 

Science for Preschoolers Camp

Cubberley U7 - 4000 Middlefield Rd.
9:30am - 12:00pm or 12:30pm - 3:00pm
This special two-week, half-day camp provides preschoolers with a fun introduction to zoology, botany, physics and chemistry. Activities are the same each session during the summer. Camp projects change from year to year, but we do repeat many favorite projects. Parents are welcome (but not required) to attend the first few classes. Children must be toilet-trained and able to use the bathroom independently to attend. Participants in this camp MAY NOT sign up for Science for Kinders. AGE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

 

Science for Kinders Camp

Cubberley U7 - 4000 Middlefield Rd.
12:30pm - 3:00pm

Kindergarteners will enjoy this introduction to the best science of the Junior Museum & Zoo in this two-week, half-day camp. We will explore chemistry, physics, botany and zoology in this hands-on, minds-on science camp. Activities are the same each session during the summer. Camp projects change from year to year, but we do repeat many favorite projects. This camp is designed for children who will begin kindergarten in the fall. Science for Preschoolers participants MAY NOT also sign up for this camp. AGE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

 

Zoo Camp

Jr. Museum Science Classroom - 4050 Middlefield Road
9:00am - 2:30pm

Learn all about our zoo animals! Learn about animal behavior, habitat, anatomy and diet. Find out what it takes to be a zookeeper by participating in the zoo’s daily activities. This is a great opportunity to get behind the scenes at the zoo.

Sorry, no Pre-Camp is available for this camp. While camp starts at 9 a.m., campers may be dropped off as early as 8:30 a.m.

 

Wildlife Camp

Arastradero Park - 1530 Arastradero Road

8:30am - 2:00pm
We’re getting wild at Arastradero Park this summer with a camp that’s full of adventure and fun in the great outdoors. We’ll be hiking daily, tracking animals, investigating botanicals, and reliving life styles of the past. 

Sorry, no Pre-Camp is available for this camp.

 

Science Camp Assistant Program

Students exiting 7th through 10th grades can gain experience teaching science and working with kids! SCAs help JMZ Camp staff prepare and run camp activities. This is a great opportunity to learn more science and investigate future work as a science camp counselor. High school students may also apply the hours they spend in this program toward their community service graduation requirement.

Acceptance into this job training program is not guaranteed. To apply, complete and submit a SCA application by March 18th and interviews will be scheduled. You may obtain an application at the Junior Museum & Zoo, by emailing alex.hamilton@cityofpaloalto.org, or by calling 650-329-2111. Interviews will be scheduled and conducted during the month of April.

Course dates are for the entire summer. Schedules will be set on an individual basis, but a 2-WEEK MINIMUM is required (2 consecutive weeks).

 

Post Camp for JMZ Camps

Girl Scout House - 1451 Middlefield Road

Mitchell Park Community Center (Zoo Camp only) - 3700 Middlefield Road

2:00 pm - 6:00pm

Join us after camp for more fun activities! Post campers will create art, swim and play at Rinconada Park. (Please note: Post Camp for Zoo Camp will be held at Mitchell Park.) Please make sure that the Post Camp you are signing up for matches the dates of your camp session. Enrollment in this camp is limited to campers enrolled in JMZ science camps for students exiting Grades Kinder through 4th (Bay Camp, Camp Kinetic, Camp Chronos, Jurassic Camp, Wildlife Camp, and Zoo Camp). Post
Camp for all camps, except Zoo Camp, will be held at the Girl Scout House in Rinconada Park. Post Camp for Zoo Camp will be held at the Mitchell Park Community Center.