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June 14, 2024
In-Person
$130 - $180

The Washington, D.C., area is becoming a greener urban environment. Bill Keene, a lecturer in urban studies and architecture, spotlights innovative approaches to the environment and sustainability that have taken root—sometimes literally—in many types of buildings around town.


June 14, 2024

The rolling hills east of the Anacostia River, with a commanding view of Washington D.C., have been settled for centuries. From the trading grounds of the Indigenous Nacotchtank to a whites-only suburb known as Uniontown to a predominantly Black community, Anacostia has seen dramatic change. Join Carolyn Muraskin, founder of DC Design Tours, for a look at the area’s architecture, which encapsulates its many identities.


June 14, 2024

Though best known for his psychologically revealing self-portraits, Rembrandt was also an unrivaled master of light and shadow and expressive, luxuriant brushwork, qualities that would be emulated by generations of later artists. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine explores the most distinctive aspects of Rembrandt’s artistic language through an analysis of some of his greatest masterpieces—from public commissions to his representations of stories from classical and biblical history to his most private of works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)


June 14 to June 15, 2024

In-person Program: Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum and participate in hands-on crafts projects and games. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums! Geared for children ages 8 to 14 years old, accompanied by an adult.


June 15, 2024

Vincent van Gogh spent 1886 to 1888 living in Paris with his brother Theo. Drawn into a social and artistic circle of like-minded rising painters that he called the Painters of the Petit Boulevard, van Gogh’s immersion in the world of the avant-garde helped him define his own style and technique. Art historian Bonita Billman explores why these years in Paris were among the most influential in van Gogh’s brief life. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)


June 15, 2024

What did women do to shape England’s culture and traditions in nine centuries of turmoil, plague, famine, religious reform, and the rise of empire and industry? Author Philippa Gregory shares stores of the female soldiers, highwaywomen, pirates, miners, ship owners, runaway enslaved women, “female husbands,” social campaigners, and rebels who shaped a nation—as well as the prejudice they faced and how they built a society as diverse and varied as the women themselves.


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.