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Session 1 of 4
June 17, 2024

Parents must bring campers to the assigned Before-Camp room in the Ripley Center to sign in daily. At 9 a.m., campers will be brought up to Drop-off and then to their camps.


Session 1 of 4
June 17, 2024
In-Person
$340 - $396

Campers discover fun ways to make our planet a bit greener—and better for all of us—as they learn about the ecological connections between the people and creatures that call it home. They explore many kinds of living organisms as they dig into gardening, explore ocean conservation efforts, conduct their own science experiments, and create eco-themed art. Visits to museums and gardens inspire campers to build an eco-friendly world.


Session 1 of 4
June 17, 2024
In-Person
$300 - $396

It’s Pollinator Week! Pollination by bees, bats, butterflies, and beetles ensures the continued existence of millions of plant species, and in turn, of most animal species, including humans. More than 150 of our common food crops, from avocados to zucchini, rely directly on pollinators. Through visits to Smithsonian gardens and museums, art projects, games, and daily challenges, campers learn about (and meet a few of) the many pollinators; get insights into their habitats and what can be done do to protect them; and find out how they can get involved in pollinator conservation.


Session 1 of 4
June 17, 2024
In-Person
$340 - $396

What’s growing in our garden—and what creepy crawlies live there? Campers explore the gardens surrounding the Smithsonian museums and view exhibits at the Natural History Museum and U.S. Botanic Garden. They investigate how plants grow; learn the secret power of worms; and recognize the diverse ecosystems surrounding plants, including pollinators. The young naturalists keep a field guide throughout the week to record their observations, cultivate their own seeds, and learn how to propagate succulents.


Session 1 of 4
June 17, 2024
In-Person
$340 - $396

Insects are the most plentiful animals on earth. Campers embark on an adventure-filled trip through the world of bugs, butterflies, and bees to gain a deeper appreciation for these critters and the benefits they bring. Campers create environments inspired by field trips to the U.S. Botanic Garden, the National Zoo, and the Natural History Museum’s Insect Zoo. Stories and games also help them understand these powerful and beautiful creatures.


Session 1 of 4
June 17, 2024
In-Person
$340 - $396

Campers discover the wide, wild, fabulous world of plants. From a 16-million-year-old tree to the amazingly resilient “resurrection plant” to the boundless greenhouse of plant life on planet Earth, they dig into the science of plants. Visits to the Natural History Museum and the U.S. Botanical Garden help campers discover the benefits of individual plants, learn to identify them, and gain a better understanding of their life cycle. They plant and grow their own flora and create nature-inspired artwork for a fabulously green exhibit.


Session 1 of 4
June 17, 2024
In-Person
$340 - $396

Campers explore the possibilities and solutions that address some of our planet's most significant challenges through new ways of living, learning, and working toward a shared sustainable future. Visits to the Natural History Museum, National Zoo, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center pair with Smithsonian science resources to inspire civic action as campers make experiments, design campaigns, and develop sustainable solutions for daily challenges.


Session 1 of 4
June 17, 2024
In-Person
$340 - $396

Rocks rock! Washington, D.C.'s bedrock tells a deep time tale. Campers dig into the layers of earth and travel through the rock cycle as they examine specimens from across the Smithsonian’s collections, grow their own crystals, and model rock formations, tectonic movement, and volcanic activity. Visits to the Natural History Museum and hunts for fossils around D.C. inspire campers.


Session 1 of 4
June 17, 2024
In-Person
$235 - $396

Dive through the zones of the ocean to reveal secrets deep beneath the waves. How and why do some deep-sea creatures glow? How do whales communicate from hundreds of miles away? Where is the deepest part of the ocean? How important are microscopic plankton? Campers explore these mysteries and more through experiments, crafts, games and visits to the Natural History Museum and the National Zoo. 


Session 1 of 4
June 17, 2024
In-Person
$340 - $396

Campers hone their storytelling skills in one of the most accessible and dynamic ways we know: comics! Inspired by the digitized collection of classic comic books, zines and other sequential art around the Smithsonian, they discover the importance of comics to our past, present, and future. Campers refine their skills in every step of the process— from writing, to drawing, to even the art of the word balloon—as they self-publish original visual stories for a Friday release.