OMSI science camps take place in a number of venues including State and National Parks, private camps, as well as backcountry wilderness areas throughout Oregon, Washington, California, and even Canada. OMSI Science Camps are the perfect way to develop skills and enthusiasm while instilling curiosity and respect for the natural world. Hancock Field Station, a residential camp located in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument near Fossil, Oregon, has been owned and operated by OMSI for over 60 years. Other OMSI camps are held at locations around the Pacific Northwest including Wolf Creek Educational Center in the Redwood National and State Park in Northern California, and San Juan Island National Historic Park on San Juan Island, Wash. OMSI’s newest residential camp, Camp Gray, is located in Newport, Oregon.
Camps are offered for youth grades 2-12, as well as adults and families. Camps run during Spring Break and from the middle of June through August and generally last one week. Campers are immersed in a positive and wholesome environment where self-esteem, confidence, teamwork and friendships develop naturally, and adventure and activity are balanced with quiet and reflective moments.
Camps are science-oriented with hands-on activities designed to be active, fun and educational. Campers can sign up for naturalist, adventure, and/or research camps. Campers become explorers, learn about marine biology, or take a rafting trip along the Deschutes River. The safety and success of each participant is taken to heart by a caring, professional staff of outdoor and science educators and all programs maintain a ratio of one adult for every five to six participants.
With the widest variety of science topics offered compared to other programs in the Northwest, youths aged 4-14 can take part in sequential, in-depth study in one or more of their favorite fields of science. OMSI offers a high-caliber staff as all instructors are Oregon State certified teachers and/or have extensive experience working with children.
In OMSI Science classes, young scientists investigate scientific phenomena using a hands-on approach. They design and create their own inventions and experiments, interpret data, control variables, present conclusions and develop new thinking strategies while they gain lifelong learning skills and attitudes.
Spring Break classes run in March, and week-long summer classes are offered from mid-June to late August for children ages 4-14. Classes run all day and are geared towards each age group. Classes are held at OMSI’s Water Ave location and Jesuit High School.
OMSI offers “camp-ins”, in which participants can spend a night at the museum. Camp-Ins are a great idea for schools, clubs, church, scout, or youth groups of any size. At the Museum Camp-In, overnight visitors have full access to the entire museum, enjoy a film at the Empirical Theater, tour the submarine, engage in hands-on science activities, enjoy dinner, an evening snack and a continental breakfast, and participate in fun, action-packed activities. Museum Camp-Ins are geared toward either elementary or middle school students.
In Submarine Camp-Ins, students from grades 3-12 sleep aboard the USS Blueback submarine, where they explore the control room, peer through a periscope, check out the engine room and set a course to carry out a top-secret mission.
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