Explorer Camp

$315 members/$350 non-members per week
Each day brings a new scientific journey, from physics and chemistry to ecology and astronomy. Every Science Explorer Camp provides a variety of unique, age appropriate hands on activities related to different subject areas of the museum.

Camps run 9:30am - 4pm

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Science Explorer K-1
(Entering grades K-1) • July 15-19 • July 22-26 • Aug. 5-9
Science Explorer 1-2
(Entering grades 1-2) • July 8-12 • July 29-Aug. 2

Is your camper ready for more interaction and investigation? Then our “Intro to Science Explorer Camps” is the right choice! Campers will create hands-on scientific experiments, hone their skills as paleontologists, travel through the solar system and discover the pressure of air; all in an age-appropriate environment.


Science Explorer 2-4
(Entering grades 2-4)  June 24-28 • July 15-19 • July 22-26 (NEW!)

Curious campers wanted! “Intermediate Science Explorer” campers are ready to investigate the mysteries of the universe. Topics include: the awesome properties of minerals, the latest findings about dinosaurs, and how robots work. All presented in a whirlwind of scientific activities. A visit to the planetarium, incredible physics demonstrations, and science challenges are all part of this fun-filled week.


Science Explorer 4-5
(Entering grades 4-5) • July 22-26

In our “Advanced Science Explorer” campers will build a simple motor, create chemical reactions and discover microscopic life and more. Campers will enjoy educational activities from a variety of sciences, using the resources the Institute has to offer. Campers will be challenged to apply their knowledge in new ways to greater develop their interest in the natural world.


Outdoor Explorer
(entering grades 4-5) • July 15-19

Campers discover how challenging living in the wild can be while learning the skills necessary to live outdoors. Identifying animal tracks, plants and ways of navigating the wilderness; these are just some of the topics explored in this exciting camp. During the week, campers also try their hand at archery, bird watching, canoeing and other fun outdoor activities.


Ecology Explorer
(entering grades 3-4) • July 8-12

What is an ecosystem? How do plants and animals interact among one another and their communities? What are the most current issues and concerns among Michigan’s water habitats? Campers discover the answers to these questions and more as they explore 319-acres of river, pond, and woodlands at Cranbrook. Get ready to discover the natural world with some good, old-fashioned summer camp fun! Ecology camps are made possible by The Merle & Shirley Harris Family Foundation.


Advanced Ecology Explorer
(entering grades 5-7) • June 24-28

We can make a difference! Learn about the biggest issues facing our environment today such as climate change, air and water pollution, hazardous waste and disappearing wildlife, and what we can do help solve the problems. We will visit a community garden and nature area to see projects with a positive impact. Exploration, crafts, and models will make environmental science come to life! Ecology camps are made possible by The Merle & Shirley Harris Family Foundation.