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2014 EXPLORER CAMPS

ALL CAMPS ARE 9 A.M. TO 4 P.M.

Our camps are held at Denali Montessori School, 952 Cordova St., just two blocks from the Anchorage Museum.

Field Camps
Field camps are designated with this bus logo Bus Logo. Campers spend part of the week participating in activities in the greater Anchorage area. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Transportation is provided in a 15-passenger van.

Prices
On-site camps $235 member/$255 non-member
Field camps $275 member/$295 non-member

Family Discount
Register for one camp at regular price and receive $15 off each additional registration within the family.

AGES 6 TO 7

Art Smarts
June 2-6 or June 9-13

Discover your inner artist. Learn to create paint from everyday household ingredients and design wearable art. Visit the Anchorage Museum's Gyre exhibition for artistic inspiration, and then with the help of a guest artist build a sculpture from ocean trash.

Lotions, Potions and Scientific Notions
June 16-20 or June 23-27

This camp is full of mixing, measuring and fizzy, foamy experiments. Make slime, bubble juice and other mysterious concoctions. Observe and describe unusual substances just like a chemist in a lab.

Dive, Swoop 'n' Soar
July 14-18 or July 21-25

From teeth to beaks, talons to claws, learn about animals' amazing adaptations. Pet alligators, hunt for insects and discover the secrets of owls in this wildly popular camp. Design a crazy critter using mixed-media materials and explore animal habitats at the Imaginarium Discovery Center.

AGES 7 TO 8

Camp Itty Bitty Bots
July 14-18 or July 21-25

In this beginning robotics camp, learn the basic principles of computer programming using LEGO® WeDo software and bricks. Create mini-bots and simple machines to complete various challenges.

AGES 6 TO 8

Livin' Large
June 2-6 or June 9-13

Use investigative skills to blossom into a junior naturalist while exploring the great BIG outdoors. Discover the big, beautiful plants and large animals that call and have called this gigantic state home. Learn about the prehistoric predators, powerful polar bears and the dangerous devil's club at the Alaska Museum of Science and Nature, Alaska Zoo and the Eagle River Nature Center. Bus Logo

Waterworks
June 16-20 or June 23-27

Dive into the study of oceans and the creatures that call them home. Discover the challenges these creatures face from ocean trash and what you can do to help. Create reusable items from ocean trash. Learn about Alaska's marine life through field research at Potter Marsh, the Imaginarium Discovery Center and H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark. Bus Logo

Up, Up and Away
July 7-11

From hot air balloons and kites to airplanes and clouds, this camp investigates air and its amazing properties. Build a kite and test it on the Delany Park Strip, experiment with airflow in the Anchorage Museum's Imaginarium Discovery Center and marvel at magnificent flying machines at the Alaska Aviation Museum. Bus Logo

Brick Land
July 7-11 or July 21-25

Use everyone's favorite plastic bricks, LEGO® toys, to build bridges and tall towers. Test your engineering skills, learn building basics and express your inner artist with this unconventional material. Under the guidance of an artist, campers create artwork that will be displayed in the Anchorage Museum's fall LEGO® exhibition Brick by Brick.

Shake, Rattle & Roll
July 14-18 or July 21-25

Explore Anchorage's history in this earth-quaking camp. Make mountain collages. Paint pet rocks. Shake it up at the Alaska Experience Theater, scale new heights at the Alaska Rock Gym, and explore the Anchorage Museum's earthquake exhibition Riskland and the Earth and Life Science exhibits in the Imaginarium Discovery Center to learn the history and science behind our mighty moving earth. Support for this camp comes from First National Bank Alaska. Bus Logo

AGES 8 TO 10

Ocean Trash to Treasure
June 2-6 or June 9-13

With the guidance of Homer artist Lori Jenkins, rev up your recycling and learn about ocean trash. Turn recovered buoys into plant containers. Use ocean trash to make solar print silhouettes. Make noise about ocean trash with a marine debris marching band. Track trash migration and invent new uses for old materials.

Around the World in 5 days
June 16-20 or June 23-27

Each day learn about food, clothing and stories from different cultures. Explore mythology from around the globe and create a mythical creature of your own. Visit the Anchorage Museum's Thomas Planetarium to hear cultural stories told through stargazing.

Monsters and Mermaids
July 7-11

Monsters creep, mermaids sing and aliens attack as campers explore the art of storytelling. Create your own duct tape creature and write and illustrate a monstrous tale. Learn storytelling techniques from a master storyteller and share stories and marshmallows around a campfire. Visit the Anchorage Museum's Thomas Planetarium to hear Ancient Greek and Roman myths behind the formation of constellations.

AGES 9 TO 11

Who Dunnit?
June 2-6 or June 9-13

Put your sleuthing skills to the test. DNA extraction. Fingerprinting. Decoding secret messages. Investigate, hypothesize, communicate and experiment using detective skills. Visit the Alaska Law Enforcement Museum to learn about history of Alaska State Troopers, and use scientific clues to solve a mystery at the Anchorage Museum.

Robot Quest
June 2-6 or June 16-20 or June 23-27 or July 7-11

Get excited about robotics! Learn to use LEGO® MINDSTORMS® education software and robotic parts. Build and program working robots to face challenges and complete tasks that require planning and teamwork. Complete trials that test programming skills, such as retrieving objects or making hairpin turns.

Rock On!
June 16-20 or June 23-27

Explore Anchorage's history in this earth-quaking camp. Put your engineering skills to test building an earthquake proof house. Shake it up at the Alaska Experience Theater, scale new heights at the Alaska Rock Gym, and explore the Anchorage Museum's earthquake exhibition Riskland and the Earth and Life Science exhibits in the Imaginarium Discovery Center to learn the history and science behind our mighty moving earth. Bus Logo

Picture Perfect
July 7-11

Take your best shot! Learn about digital and traditional photography methods and how to edit digital photos. Build pinhole cameras out of household items and turn the classroom into a camera obscura. Visit the Anchorage Museum's Arctic Desert photography exhibition for inspiration then practice outdoor photography skills on hikes at Glen Alps and Potter Marsh. Bus Logo

Build It
July 14-18

Use everyone's favorite plastic bricks, LEGO® toys, to build bridges and tall towers. Test your engineering skills, learn building basics and express your inner artist with this unconventional material. Under the guidance of an artist, campers create artwork that will be displayed in the Anchorage Museum's fall LEGO® exhibition Brick by Brick.

Alaska Survival
July 14-18 or July 21-25

Do you have what it takes to survive in the Alaska wilderness? Learn how five different Alaska Native cultures did and still do today. Guest cultural experts share their knowledge, stories and Native ways of knowing. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the Anchorage Museum's Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Bus Logo

AGES 12 TO 15

Comic Art
June 2-6

Unleash your imagination during this camp for comic book enthusiasts. Learn how to design, illustrate and write a comic book from artist Lucas Elliot. From superheroes and anime to horror and romance, channel your creative superpowers to explore the world of comic books.

Outdoor Photography
June 9-13

Pack up your camera and head outdoors to make art on location. Learn how to use camera settings and compositional elements to create captivating images. “Draw” with light using long exposures and create David Hockney style photo collages. Visit the Anchorage Museum's Arctic Desert photography exhibition for inspiration then explore various locations along the Turnagain Arm. Bus Logo

Robot Revolution
June 9-13

Conquer challenges with increasing difficulty using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® education software and robotic parts. Discover how to build and program robots to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks. This camp is for students of all experience levels.

Eco Aware
June 16-20 or June 23-27

From fishing to kayaking and surfing, Alaskans love the ocean. Visit the Anchorage Museum's Gyre exhibition to learn how trash is affecting our ocean and then dive into the world of marine debris research and removal. Examine ocean currents, visit beaches around Anchorage to identify ways trash affects animals and invent new uses for ocean trash. Bus Logo

Stop! Animation Time
July 7-11

You call the shots during this beginner's animation camp. Create characters using construction paper or clay and design miniature sets. Learn camera techniques used in stop motion animation and write, produce and edit a short film.

Appy Campers
July 14-18 or July 21-25

Learn how to design and develop apps for your favorite mobile device. This camp will take you through all of the programming basics so you can design and program your own web-based app. No programming experience necessary.



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CAMP BASICS

WHO: Campers ages 6 to 15

WHEN: Weeklong sessions from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 through July 25

WHERE: Denali Montessori School
952 Cordova Street

FEES:
On-site camps $255
Field camps Bus Logo $295
Discounts for members and families signing up for multiple camps

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QUESTIONS?
See our camp general information page, email camps@anchoragemuseum.org or call (907) 929-9280.

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