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New Orleans-area 2018 summer camp guide: Science/nature 

click to enlarge Campers conduct an experiment at The National World War II Museum STEM Innovation Camp.

Campers conduct an experiment at The National World War II Museum STEM Innovation Camp.


SCIENCE/NATURE

Audubon Zoo Camp 6500 Magazine St., (504) 212-5357; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org/ zoo-camp
Ages: 4 years old-fourth grade, coed
Dates: May 29-June 29, July 9-July 27
Tuition: $310 per week, $260 zoo members
Children go behind the scenes at the zoo and learn about and interact with animals. There's also a weekly trip to the zoo's splash park, arts and crafts and more.

Audubon Zoo Explorers Camp
6500 Magazine St., (504) 212-5357; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org/camps/1008-zoo-explorers- summer-camp
Ages:
Fifth-seventh grade, coed
Dates: May 29-June 29, July 9-27
Tuition: $370 per week, $315 zoo members
There is a weekly schedule of arts and crafts, visits throughout the zoo, hands-on activities, animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours and field trips.

Camp Cricket at University Montessori School
7508 Burthe St., (504) 865-1659; www.umsnola.org
Ages: 2-3 years old, coed
Dates: June 11-Aug. 17
Tuition: $405 per three-week session, half day; $645 per three-week session, full day
Campers experience art, music, outdoor activities and water play, all inspired by nature and the earth, in a Montessori environment.

Electric Girls Summer Camp Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave.; www.electricgirls.org
Ages: 5-14 years old, girls
Dates: May 28-June 29, July 9-Aug.3
Tuition: $385 per week, $660 two weeks
Girls spend one or two weeks learning electronics, computer programming and leadership skills and build a take-home invention after learning to solder circuits and program. There also are games, visits from women engineers and more.

Genius Camp
The Learning Laboratory New Orleans, 7100 St. Charles Ave., Suite 203, (504) 475-4522; www.learnlabnola.org
Ages: 8-14 years old, coed
Dates: June 4-29
Tuition: $125 per week, $500 for four weeks
The four-week day camp focuses on developing STEM, literacy and writing skills through research, writing, hands-on activities and field trips. Campers also travel to Florida to visit the Pensacola MESS (Math, Engineering, Science and Stuff) Hall.

Louisiana Children's Museum New Orleans Architecture Camp
420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; www.lcm.org
Ages: 5-8 years old, coed
Dates: June 25-29
Tuition: $250, $225 museum members
The camp focuses on New Orleans architecture, with campers practicing building techniques with different materials. Children will design a floor plan, look at eco-friendly materials and techniques and help build a model city.

Louisiana Children's Museum Dinosaurs Rock Camp
420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; www.lcm.org
Ages: 5-8 years old, coed
Dates: July 16-20
Tuition: $250, $225 museum member
s Children search for dinosaur bones in a fossil dig and learn about prehistoric times and the dinosaurs that existed. They also will create footprint art and dinosaur masks and play games.

Louisiana Children's Museum Inventor's Workshop Camp
420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; www.lcm.org
Ages: 5-8 years old, coed
Dates: June 18-22
Tuition: $250, $225 museum members
The focus of the camp is using science, technology, engineering, art and math to brainstorm, design, create inventions and experiment.

Louisiana Children's Museum Mad Scientist Camp 420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; www.lcm.org
Ages: 5-8 years old, coed
Dates: July 23-27
Tuition: $250, $225 museum members Children at this camp participate in a variety of safe, kid-friendly science experiments.

Louisiana Children's Museum Space is a Place Camp
420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; www.lcm.org
Ages: 5-8 years old, coed
Dates: June 11-15
Tuition: $250, $225 museum members
The weeklong camp revolves around space, with children learning about planets, creating marshmallow constellations, exploring stars, building their own rockets and more.

Louisiana Children's Museum Swamp Things Camp
420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; www.lcm.org
Ages: 5-8 years old, coed
Dates: July 2-6
Tuition: $200, $180 museum members
The camp focuses on Louisiana swamps and the creatures that live in the wetlands. Campers will create their own swamp creature with feathers, moss and other materials and make a swamp creature snack.

Louisiana Children's Museum Transportation Exploration Camp
420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; www.lcm.org
Ages: 5-8 years old, coed
Dates: July 30-Aug. 3
Tuition: $250, $225 museum members
Campers will explore various forms of transportation used in New Orleans and around the world — and create a form of transportation for the future.

Louisiana Children's Museum Water Wonder Camp 420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; www.lcm.org
Ages: 5-8 years old, coed
Dates: Aug. 6-10
Tuition: $250, $225 museum members
Campers will explore water and the animals that live in water through hands-on experiments, activities and art projects.

National WWII Museum STEM Innovation Camp
945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1944, ext. 466; www.nationalww2museum.org/stem-innovation-camp
Ages: Fourth-seventh grade, coed (Session 3 is girls only)
Dates: June 11-29
Tuition: $245 per week, $195 for museum members
The camp offers three weeklong sessions (the last one is for girls only) that cover aeronautics, engineering, physics, biology and medicine. Campers also will explore museum artifacts and watch the 4-D film Beyond All Boundaries.

NOLA Nature School
1009 Harrison Ave., (202) 714-4876; www.nolanatureschool.com
Ages: 3-7 years old, coed
Dates: May 29-June 15
Tuition: $175 per week
Campers explore mud, water and wetland habitats, climb trees, build forts, play in the forest and learn about science and ecology.

Sugar Roots Farm
10701 Willow Drive, (504) 296-0435; www.sugarrootsfarm.org
Ages: 5-12 years old
Dates: July 9-20
Tuition: $255 per week
Campers can take horseriding lessons, learn about organic gardening and composting, go on nature hikes, ride a zip line, do archery, arts and crafts, play games and learn about taking care of farm animals.

Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK)
ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary School, 9501 Grant St., (703) 549-2207; www.nsbe.org/seek.aspx
Ages: Third-fifth grades, coed
Dates: June 4-22
Tuition: Free
The National Society of Black Engineers leads the camp in which children work in teams to create products and solve problems using math and science principles. There's a new project each week, and the camp culminates in a design competition.

ThinkerKids Central St. Matthew, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 232-1394; www.mythinkerella.com
Ages: 3-13 years old, coed
Dates: June 18-22, July 16-20
Tuition: $350 per session
Campers at the weeklong camps explore science, engineering, technology, art and math through experiments, interactive play and more.

University Montessori School — The Children's Summer House
7508 Burthe St., (504) 865-1659; www.umsnola.org
Ages: 3-7 years old, coed
Dates: June 11-Aug. 17
Tuition: $405 per three-week session, half day; $645 per three-week session, full day
Campers participate in art, music, outdoor activities and water play, all inspired by nature and the earth, in a Montessori environment.




GENERAL/VARIED OFFERINGS

OVERNIGHT CAMPS/OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

SPECIAL NEEDS

SPECIALTY CAMPS
Academics | Art | Culinary arts | Cheerleading
Fashion | Language Immersion | Music/dance
Photography/videography | Robotics/computers
Science/nature

SPORTS/FITNESS
Baseball/Softball | Basketball
Football | Gymnastics/tumbling | Other/variety of sports
Soccer | Volleyball | Theater/drama | Video games

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