Explore Camps
Cranbrook Institute of Science’s on-site Explore Camps give inquisitive campers the support they need to learn through doing. Campers work together to 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!

Groups: Options available for students entering grades K-4 in Fall 2023:
Entering K (must be 5 years old by by 1st day of Camp)
Entering Grades 1
Entering Grades 2
Entering Grades 3 or 4

Science Sampler
Science Sampler takes the greatest hits from previous summers and combines them with new, soon-to-be favorites under one awesome STEAM interdisciplinary umbrella including Science, Technology, Math, Engineering and Art.

Story of Us
Spend your week investigating US! Enjoy group activities, global games, and a look into our Collections, and gain a better understanding of anthropology, archaeology, and what it means to be human.

Life on Earth
Use Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus and our newest exhibit Life on Earth as a hands-on biology laboratory! We’ll investigate microorganisms during pond-dipping, hunt for tardigrades, master dichotomous keys, and gain a new appreciation for the world millions of organisms call “home.”

Our Universe in Motion
Fling, launch, sail, and bounce through the week to explore matter and the forces on, and beyond, Earth. We’ll investigate electricity, gravity, magnetism, and turn our eyes to the skies in this physics-and astronomy-themed week.

Every Rock Has a Story
Spend your week rocking geology! Campers will enjoy fun activities, games, and experiments with rocks, minerals, and fossils. The week will revolve around our Earth and what we find in its layers!

Lunch and 2 Snacks: NEW THIS YEAR! Lunch and 2 daily snacks are included in camp. The daily menu will be provided the week prior to your registered camp. You are welcome to provide your child with their own food. All food brought from home must be peanut, tree-nut, and nut butter-free. 

Schedule: Camp meets daily from 9:00am – 3:00pm, Monday – Friday. Outdoor check-in begins at 8:15am on Monday. Outdoor check-in begins at 8:45am Tuesday - Friday.

  July 10-14 July 17-21 July 24-28 July 31-Aug 4 Aug 7-11
Entering K Our Universe in Motion Story of Us Life on Earth Every Rock has a Story  Science Sampler
Entering 1st Life on Earth Every Rock has a Story  Story of Us Our Universe in Motion Science Sampler
Entering 2nd Every Rock has a Story  Life on Earth Our Universe in Motion Story of Us Science Sampler
Entering 3/4 Story of Us Our Universe in Motion Every Rock has a Story  Life on Earth Science Sampler

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.

General Information

Explore Camps: $475 per week


  • Full Session Discount: Save $50 if you register for all five weeks of Explore Camps. Discount applied automatically!
  • Cranbrook Institute of Science members are eligible for an additional discount!
    • Save $45 per week on Explore Camps
    • Not a member? Join today!


  • Cancellation Fee: $50 per week prior to 21 days of session start date. No refund within 21 days.
  • 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

  • Before Care is available from 7:00-9:00am ($20/day or $75/week)
  • After Care is available from 3:00-6:00pm ($30/day or $120/week). Snack included.
  • Transportation services available ($50 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 apply, please contact us at CISReservations@cranbrook.edu. To donate, visit our donation page.

Cancellation Policy
Refunds, less a $50 processing fee, will be made if your cancellation request is received and confirmed in writing or via email 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? Send us an email at CISReservations@cranbrook.edu or Call 248.645.3210!