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Explore Camps
Cranbrook Institute of Science’s on-site Explore Camps give inquisitive campers the support they need to learn through doing. Campers collaboratively tackle activities, experiments, and investigations as they explore popular science topics in a unique and safe environment. Join us for one week or many – weekly activities will not repeat!

In addition to Explore Camps at Cranbrook Institute of Science, Cranbrook Educational Community hosts camps at Cranbrook Schools and Cranbrook Art Museum; the camps share a common calendar and registration system. Explore Camps start July 11 which is Week 4 (“W4”) of the shared calendar.

Grades: Options available for students entering grades K-4 in Fall 2022. Camps are divided by age:
Entering K (must be 5 years old by the first day of camp)
Entering Grades 1-2
Entering Grades 3-4

Schedule: Camp meets daily from 9:30am – 3:30pm, Monday – Friday.

Lunch: Lunch and snacks must be brought from home and must be peanut-, tree-nut, and nut butter-free.

2022 Calendar:

Science Sampler
July 11-15 (W4)
July 18-22 (W5)

Science Sampler takes the greatest hits from previous summers and combines them with new, soon-to-be favorites, under one awesome interdisciplinary umbrella. Registering a future paleontologist? We recommend Science Sampler for fossil fans. We’re offering two weeks of this fan favorite. Register soon - Science Sampler always sells out!

July 25-29 (W6)

Spend your week digging up the past! Enjoy activities, games, and experiments revolving around anthropology. Investigate connections to geology and paleontology as we uncover human stories from the past.

August 1-5 (W7)

Use Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus as a hands-on biology laboratory! Cover anatomy to zoology (plus botany and ecology along the way!) by identifying plant parts, scooping “water bugs” at the pond, and rolling logs to spot local woodland residents.

August 8-12 (W8)

Fling, launch, sail, and bounce through the week to explore forces and motion. Make different catapults and compare cause and effect. Use air to power rockets and compete in outdoor launches!

General Information

COVID-19 Update:
At a minimum, Cranbrook’s COVID-related protocols will comply with applicable State of Michigan mandates and align with the Oakland Country Health Division and American Camp Association. As we progress through the pandemic and towards the summer season, we may alter, cancel, or replace certain aspects of camp. If we do, this web page will be updated and registrants will be notified by email. Depending on the nature of a change, we may offer registrants a full refund should the adjustment not suit their interest. Otherwise, our regular cancellation policy remains in effect. You may view a summary of the policy in the General Information section below or read the full policy in the Enrollment Agreement during the registration process.

Explore Camps: $395 per week


  • Full Session Discount: Save $50 on your order if you register for all five weeks of Explore Camps. $10/week discount applied automatically when registering for all five weeks!
  • Cranbrook Institute of Science members are eligible for an additional discount!
    • Save $35 on each week of Explore Camp
    • Not a member? Join today!


  • Cancellation Fee: $50 per week prior to 21 days of session start date. No refund within 21 days; see Cancellation Policy below.
  • Rush Enrollment Fee: $35 per session within 21 days of session start date. If registering within 21 days of session start date, payment plans are not available; payment is due in full.
  • Late Payment Fee: 10% of balance 21 days prior to session start date.

Additional Options

  • Extended Care is available from 7:30-9:30am ($20/day or $75/week) and 3:30-6:00pm ($25/day or $95/week).
  • Transportation services available ($45 per way, per week).
  • Monthly payment plans are available for no additional fee.

Financial Aid
Need-based financial aid is available. Awards are funded by Cranbrook Institute of Science and other camp families. To donate, visit our donation page. For more information and to apply, please contact us.

A Note on Weekly Themes
Topics and related activities will be tailored to meet the developmental needs of each grade group. Your camper can expect to focus most on the week’s topic, but could investigate related disciplines, too. The descriptions above are intended to provide an overview; they are neither final nor comprehensive.

Cancellation Policy
Refunds less a $50 processing fee will be made if your cancellation request is received and confirmed in writing 21 days prior to the start of the session. In the event the Institute of Science cancels a camp, you may transfer your registration to another week (if available and of equal or lesser value) or request a full refund.

Questions about Explore Camps? Call 248.645.3210 or send us an email!