Thursday, April 30, 2009

Young Scientists Discover Fernbank Museum’s Summer Camp

Fernbank Museum of Natural History offers a world of adventure and discovery to young explorers during Summer Camp 2009. One week-sessions of day camps are offered throughout June and July.

Campers will transform into ecologists, paleontologists, geologists, marine biologists, entomologists and more. Highly trained staff and a low counselor-to-camper ratio ensure each child a unique and fun-filled week of learning, exploration, activities, crafts and games. Three age-appropriate camps are offered: Junior Naturalists for children entering Kindergarten and 1st grade; Discovery Team for rising 2nd and 3rd graders and Science Squad for rising 4th and 5th graders.

Camps are tailored to each age group and are rooted in academic programs. Campers have the opportunity to be different types of scientists each day with projects ranging from studying nocturnal animals to experiments with dry ice.

“The themed day structure is super,” said Deirdre Lavieri, whose sons have attended Fernbank’s Summer Camps for several years. “Each day the activities are focused on one area of study, so no two days are alike, and every activity is part of a big idea for the day.”

Camp will also include a tour of the Museum, exploring the Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries exhibit and viewing an IMAX® film. Campers will also take a guided hike through Fernbank’s nature trails.

From microscopic organisms to the world’s largest dinosaurs, summer camp at Fernbank Museum of Natural History offers a variety of educational activities to inspire young scientists.

Camp Dates:
Junior Naturalists (children entering K & 1st grade): June 8-12 and July 6-10

Discovery Team (children entering 2nd & 3rd grade) June 15-19 and July 13-17

Science Squad (children entering 4th & 5th grade) June 22-26 and July 20-24.

Members pay $300/week and non-members $350/week. Camps run Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To download a registration form, visit or call 404.929.6379 for more information. The deadline for registration is May 18. Registration is on a space-available basis.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road, NE, just east of midtown Atlanta. To learn more, visit
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