Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Announces KidSummer 2008 Schedule

Museum offers hands on kids' events and workshops June 23 through August 21, 2008

ccmnh_logoKidSummer - instilling a sense of wonder and discovery to last a lifetime. Offers a range of 4 programs for ages 3 to 12, encouraging learning and appreciation of the environment through age-appropriate indoor and outdoor activities led by educators/naturalists.

Nature walks, field study, and habitat exploration give children a unique Cape Cod experience. Museum campus is surrounded by 350-acres of marsh, dune, barrier beach, woodlands, alewife stream, and wildflower gardens.

First Encounters for ages 3-4
Monday-Friday, 9:30 am-12:00 noon. 5-session week. $165 /members or $190/nonmembers.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 am-12:00 noon. 3-session week. $115/members or $140/non-members.

Children's sense of wonder and independence are fostered through fun, non-competitive peer interactions, live animal encounters, and exploratory activities with the natural world. Topics include plants, animals and habitats found both inside and outside the museum. Sessions led by a teacher certified in early childhood education. CHILDREN MUST BE TOILET-TRAINED TO ATTEND.

Nature Sleuths I and II for Ages 5-7
Monday-Friday, 9:30 am-12:00 noon. 5-session week. $165/members or $190/nonmembers.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 am-12:00 noon, 3-session week, $115/members or $140/non-members.

An opportunity to develop a child's science skills through games, stories, creative projects, experiments and lots of outdoor exploration. Each week is unique and will cover enough variety in experiments and outdoors sites visited to fully engage the child who comes multiple weeks.

Two Groups - I for Grades K-1, II for Grades 1-2, depending on age. When enrollment allows grades will be separated as described or they will be in one group, limited to twelve.

Terra Nova for Grades 1-4
Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., 5-session week, $225/members or $250/non-members.

Hands-on projects are the foundation for the wide range of topics investigated each week. Children explore nearby woodlands, ponds, marshes and beaches in age-appropriate science observations and activities. Engaging outdoor activities utilize museum exhibits and aquarium. Group A: Grades 1 and 2; Group B: Grades 3 and 4. When enrollment allows grades will be separated as described or they will be in one group, limited to twelve.Completed and signed medical and permission forms are required.

Extreme Science for Grades 5-7
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm, 5-session week. $250/members or $275/non-members.

Programs designed to engage the serious student in real scientific field studies in various types of wetlands. Participants travel to select locations to sample and collect live specimens and data at each site. In the well equipped classroom/lab, activities revolve around microscopes, lap top computers and aquarium animals that they will learn to care for. Completed and signed medical and permission forms are required. Note: July 4th week. 4-day week.

  • First Encounters $135/members or $155/non-members
  • Nature Sleuths $135/members or $155/non-members
  • Terra Nova $180/members or $200/non-members
  • Extreme Science $200/members or $220/non-members. 2-day week.
  • First Encounters $80/members or $95/non-members
  • Nature Sleuths $80/members or $95/non-members.


Special Week August 18-21
An opportunity for parents, grandparents and children to interact with naturalist instructors in two learning opportunities over the course of four days (Monday-Thursday) 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Also open to children or adults on their own. Limited to twelve per class.

Participants must provide their own lunches.

Archaeological Dig Centered on Wing Island
$170/members or $185/non-members. Archaeological field methods, hands-on exploration, lab work, discussion of the prehistory and history of the area.

Exploring Aquatic Habitats of Cape Cod
$170/members or $185/non-members. Participants will visit freshwater and saltwater environments, collect specimens, learn identification techniques and become knowledgeable about aquatic life on Cape Cod.

NOTE: Nancy Church will be the 2008 Program Director and is currently preparing the new program. For more information please check the website for updates. E-mail inquiries should be directed to [email protected].

A complete 2008 KidSummer schedule is available in PDF form here.

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is on Route 6A in Brewster, 508-896-3867.

Above images, courtesy of the Museum.

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