Kids Camp Summer 2022

Kids Camp Summer Camp

Registration for summer 2022 is now closed.

Kids Camp Summer Camp 2022 registration was rolled out with our new lottery system, a random drawing of all parents who registered their children between Thursday, February 17 (6:00 am) and Sunday, February 27, 2022 (11:59 pm). 

In the new lottery system, registrants have an equal chance of being selected regardless of when they register within those dates. While caregivers may request multiple weeks of camp, children may not have multiple lottery entries—each child may appear in only one entry.

Trying to enter siblings for the same weeks? No problem! Just enter information for all of your children in one lottery entry. If one of your children is drawn for a spot, we will automatically enroll siblings for the same weeks of summer camp.

The High Desert Museum is moving to a lottery for summer camp registration in a dedicated effort to make it a more equitable system for all families. All caregivers will have an equal chance of getting their child in a camp regardless of factors like internet capability.

Keep your eye out for Fall Kids Camp with registration opening this summer!

Four-day camps:
$240, $292 with extended care
Members receive 20% discount

Five-day camps:
$300, $365 with extended care
Members receive 20% discount

We are now requiring all Kids Camp participants ages 5 and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please see sidebar or keep scrolling for more details.

June 20 – 24: Five Senses

Super Senses (Kindergarten)
What’s that sound? Did you see that? What in the world is that smell? How do animals use sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste to survive? Join us while we meet animals with super-powered senses here in the High Desert!

Sensory Sleuths (1st–2nd grades)
How do animals find food, avoid predators and make their way in the world? Come explore the five senses with us: sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste. Match your senses against those of the animals that live in the High Desert including reptiles, birds and foxes.

Making Sense of it All (3rd–5th grades)
Animals in the wild depend on their senses every day to find food, build shelter and avoid predators. Come explore how animals use their powerful senses to survive and thrive in the High Desert environment. Using technology that mimics different animal senses, you will “see” in the dark and hear animals moving about miles away.  

June 27 – July 1: Insects

Bug Out! (Kindergarten)
Get out your magnifying glass because we are going to explore the fascinating world of bugs! Each camper will have an opportunity to examine the insects of the High Desert up close and personal.

Buzzworthy Bugs (1st–2nd grades)
Discover the amazing world of insects! Study their astounding variety and importance while exploring their life cycles and habitats. You’ll create insect-inspired art and meet some of the creepy crawlies that call the High Desert home.

Junior Entomologist (3rd–5th grades)
Pollinators, predators and parasiteswhat could these have in common? Each of these words can be used to describe an insect! Join us while we explore these types of bugs, their unique roles in the High Desert ecosystems and so much more!

July 5 – 8 (4-day camp): Geology

Kids Camp Rocks! (Kindergarten)
Have you ever heard of a floating rock? What about rocks that glow in the dark? Join us as we explore different types of rocks, dig for rocks, make art and get to know the High Desert animals who make their homes under and around rocks.

Radical Rocks (1st–2nd grades)
Explore rocks like a scientist! We will study different categories of rocks, what makes them special and the forces of nature that create them. We will design and create our very own rocks using our new knowledge and skills, as well as have an opportunity to dig for some of Oregon’s most well-known rocks.

Junior Geologists (3rd–5th grades)
Unearth the forces of nature that create the unique geologic formations and rocks of the High Desert including water and volcanoes. Investigate how thundereggs, Oregon’s state rock, and obsidian are formed. Explore the ancient lava fields with a field trip to Newberry Volcanic National Monument just a short distance away from the Museum as we learn about the explosive forces that helped shape the Central Oregon landscape.

July 11 – 15: Water

Water Wonders (Kindergarten)
Dive deep to find out who lives in the water and explore how water moves throughout our communities. Discover what you can do to help the mammals, reptiles and insects that call this resource home. Water science, art and play will be included every day!

Water World (1st–2nd grades)
Did you know that long ago parts of Oregon were underwater? Connect with the past during this camp and see how water has impacted our landscape! Campers will learn more about the Central Oregon watershed and its animals, including our resident river otters. 

Water Wise (3rd–5th grades)
Become an amateur aquatic biologist as you test and compare water quality to help assess habitats for animals and plants. From dissecting small fish to searching for macroinvertebrates, this week is sure to spark an interest in any budding scientist. 

July 18 – 22: Micro (The Hidden Small World)

It’s a Small World (Kindergarten) 
Looking through a magnifier makes the whole world look different! What will you notice when small things look big? Explore and observe using hand lenses and microscopes to see things you have never seen before. 

 Through a Fly’s Eyes (1st–2nd grades)
Explore a hidden world of tiny things! Using different magnifiers, you will discover a world that most people never stop to explore tiny bugs, flowers, plankton and a whole new way of observing the world. We will draw, capture photographs and make beautiful art based on a whole new perspective on our world. 

Exploring Micro-scapes (3rd–5th grades)
Gaze at a new world using microscopes, magnifiers and even digital microscope cameras! We’ll investigate how scientists are able to study the smallest of organisms found across the High Desert and how they fit into our complex ecosystems. Explore the hidden world around you and you’ll never look at your surroundings in quite the same way.

July 25 – 29: Five Senses

Super Senses (Kindergarten)
What’s that sound? Did you see that? What in the world is that smell? How do animals use sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste to survive? Join us while we meet animals with super-powered senses here in the High Desert!

Sensory Sleuths (1st–2nd grades)
How do animals find food, avoid predators and make their way in the world? Come explore the five senses with us: sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste. Match your senses against those of the animals that live in the High Desert including reptiles, birds and foxes.

Making Sense of it All (3rd–5th grades)
Animals in the wild depend on their senses every day to find food, build shelter and avoid predators. Come explore how animals use their powerful senses to survive and thrive in the High Desert environment. Using technology that mimics different animal senses, you will “see” in the dark and hear animals moving about miles away.  

August 1 – 5: Insects

Bug Out! (Kindergarten)
Get out your magnifying glass because we are going to explore the fascinating world of bugs! Each camper will have an opportunity to examine the insects of the High Desert up close and personal.

Buzzworthy Bugs (1st–2nd grades)
Discover the amazing world of insects! Study their astounding variety and importance while exploring their life cycles and habitats. You’ll create insect-inspired art and meet some of the creepy crawlies that call the High Desert home.

Junior Entomologist (3rd–5th grades)
Pollinators, predators and parasiteswhat could these have in common? Each of these words can be used to describe an insect! Join us while we explore these types of bugs, their unique roles in the High Desert ecosystems and so much more!

August 8 – 12: Water

Water Wonders (Kindergarten)
Dive deep to find out who lives in the water and explore how water moves throughout our communities. Discover what you can do to help the mammals, reptiles and insects that call this resource home. Water science, art and play will be included every day!

Water World (1st–2nd grades)
Did you know that long ago parts of Oregon were underwater? Connect with the past during this camp and see how water has impacted our landscape! Campers will learn more about the Central Oregon watershed and its animals, including our resident river otters. 

Water Wise (3rd–5th grades)
Become an amateur aquatic biologist as you test and compare water quality to help assess habitats for animals and plants. From dissecting small fish to searching for macroinvertebrates, this week is sure to spark an interest in any budding scientist. 

August 15 – 19: Micro (The Hidden Small World)

It’s a Small World (Kindergarten) 
Looking through a magnifier makes the whole world look different! What will you notice when small things look big? Explore and observe using hand lenses and microscopes to see things you have never seen before. 

 Through a Fly’s Eyes (1st–2nd grades)
Explore a hidden world of tiny things! Using different magnifiers, you will discover a world that most people never stop to explore tiny bugs, flowers, plankton and a whole new way of observing the world. We will draw, capture photographs and make beautiful art based on a whole new perspective on our world. 

 Exploring Micro-scapes (3rd–5th grades)
Gaze at a new world using microscopes, magnifiers and even digital microscope cameras! We’ll investigate how scientists are able to study the smallest of organisms found across the High Desert and how they fit into our complex ecosystems. Explore the hidden world around you and you’ll never look at your surroundings in quite the same way.

August 22 – 25 (4-day camp): Geology

Kids Camp Rocks! (Kindergarten)
Have you ever heard of a floating rock? What about rocks that glow in the dark? Join us as we explore different types of rocks, dig for rocks, make art and get to know the High Desert animals who make their homes under and around rocks.

Radical Rocks (1st–2nd grades)
Explore rocks like a scientist! We will study different categories of rocks, what makes them special and the forces of nature that create them. We will design and create our very own rocks using our new knowledge and skills, as well as have an opportunity to dig for some of Oregon’s most well-known rocks.

Junior Geologists (3rd–5th grades)
Unearth the forces of nature that create the unique geologic formations and rocks of the High Desert including water and volcanoes. Investigate how thundereggs, Oregon’s state rock, and obsidian are formed. Explore the ancient lava fields with a field trip to Newberry Volcanic National Monument just a short distance away from the Museum as we learn about the explosive forces that helped shape the Central Oregon landscape.

Don’t forget that Museum Members receive a 20% discount on all Kids Camps. Become a Member. In order to access your Member discount, you must create an online account if you have not already done so. Create an account.

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KIDS CAMP CANCELLATION POLICY:

If you must cancel your registration for any reason, please notify the Museum as soon as possible. If you cancel, more than three weeks out, you will receive a 75% refund. A 50% refund will be given to cancellations made two weeks prior to the first day of camp. Cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the first day of camp will not be refunded. Be aware that refunds will not be given for partial or unattended days.

If the High Desert Museum cancels the program for any reason, you will receive a full refund.

Standard day: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
(Dropoff at 8:30 am)
Extended care: 3:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Members receive a 20% discount on programs and events! Become a member today!

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have remained committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment. As such, we are now requiring all Kids Camp participants ages 5 and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff and teen volunteers must also meet these requirements.

To comply with this policy, on or before the starting date of your child’s program, one of the following must be provided to the High Desert Museum:

  1. Proof showing the child is fully vaccinated; or
  2. Negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours (no at-home tests accepted).

Before or during the program, if your child presents any COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough or congestion, we ask that you keep your child at home and notify Museum staff. Youth and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will be excluded from camps for 10 days after exhibiting possible COVID symptoms or testing positive. We are following policies set by the Oregon Health Authority for day camps.

If you have any questions, please email info@highdesertmuseum.org or call 541-382-4754 ext. 255.

High Desert Museum TAX ID: 51-0179336