Clark Planetarium 2011 summer camps

Dani Weigand

Now that the school year is winding down, it’s time to find activities for the kids to enjoy this summer. Summer camps are a great way to introduce children to engaging concepts and help them make new friends. Clark Planetarium is happy to offer several summer camp opportunities through partnerships with Utah Museum of Natural History, Red Butte Garden and Discovery Gateway.

Beginning Tuesday July 5, Utah Museum of Natural History will host Planetary Explorations, taking campers on an exploration of the Earth, moon and stars. They will investigate how and why the Earth and moon move through the solar system and create models to explain their observations of the night sky. Kids will have the opportunity to work with Clark Planetarium education staff and meet astronomers on visits to the University of Utah’s Physics Department.

The four day camp (7/5 – 7/8/2011) is $195 and registration is available online.

Summer camps make learning fun with hands on activities and team building exercises.

Summer camps make learning fun with hands on activities and team building exercises.

Next up on our list of summer adventures is the Mission to Mars/Bizarre and Amazing Plants Camp (7/11 – 7/15/2011). For this camp our education staff will be at Red Butte Garden to teach kids about life on Mars. Through experimentation and discovery, they will learn about the mysterious red planet. There will also be an afternoon session about other-worldly plants like the Corpse Flower and Dragon Blood Tree.

This camp is for 5th and 6th graders and is available for $235.

Also at Red Butte Garden is the Out of this World Science/Weather Watchers Camp. During the week of July 18 (7/18 – 7/22/2011) campers explore “out of this world science” and weather activities. They will spend the first part of the day with our education staff learning how to build comets, design spacecrafts and perform a variety of other exciting experiments. In the afternoon, they learn about the physical world by discovering how Utah’s unique weather affects local plants and animals.

This camp is for 3rd and 4th graders and is available for $235. Registration for the Red Butte Gardens camps is available here.

In August, Clark Planetarium and Discovery Gateway partner for the Summer Science Adventure Camp (8/2 – 8/4/2011). Here kids will receive hands-on training that inspires teamwork, creativity and innovation. They will be challenged to see the world differently, whether it is looking at something a thousand times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, or as large as galaxies in the universe.

This three day camp is for 5th and 6th graders and is available for $195 (Clark Planetarium and Discovery Gateway members receive 15% off). To register, email reservations@clarkplanetarium.org.

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