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Summer Camps

Visit the Calendar for a complete listing of all the Museum's programming for kids.

2020 SUMMER CAMP Registration Begins January 6, 2020

Current registration status is kept current on individual camp registration pages, available by selecting a camp below. Summer Camp Registrations are not finalized until you have selected "Checkout," completed payment information, and then click the red "Complete Order" button.

Please register your child for the grade they will be entering in the Fall of 2020. 

Waitlist: To register your camper for the waitlist please select the camp and complete the registration. Your child will automatically be added to the respective waitlist. 

2020 MOR Summer Camp Dates and Camp Program Names










NEW! Museum Masters - Can't decide which camp to try? Miss out on your favorite? This camp will let you try a little bit of everything that Museum of the Rockies has to offer. Each day we'll dabble in a different topic - paleontology, space, history, engineering, and more, featuring the best bits and alternative projects from MOR's favorite camps.

NEW! Art and Science - You don't need to be an artist for MOR's art-specific summer camp! Projects will be inspired by our exhibits and collections and will include paleo art, sketching, watercolor, photography, and more. We will get creative and put the A in STEAM education.

NEW! Reptiles! - Our changing exhibit for 2020 – Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly – will inspire this camp for all young zookeepers and reptile fans. Live snakes, turtles, crocodiles, geckos, and our visiting zookeeper will help us learn about the differences between families of reptiles, and inspire cold-blooded crafts, slithery games, and other herpetological activities.

Let's Do Chemistry - Grab your lab coat and goggles! Exciting eruptions and crazy experiments with acids and bases, kitchen chemistry, slimes, mystery powders, and other astonishing reactions make this camp perfect for a young mad scientist or potions master. 

Survival - Luck favors the prepared! We'll improvise shelter, sanitize water, scavenge food, sample emergency rations, make disaster plans, and learn navigation and first aid skills. You'll be ready for anything after this camp.

Astronauts-In-Training - Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? We're calling on kids with the "right stuff" to join us on an out-of-this-world adventure, discovering how rockets work and how humans can live in space long term.

Disgusting Science - Dig into the science of being disgusting. Learn about the human body's gross, but necessary functions like boogers, barf, and belches. Uncover the nasty world of animals through roaches, mealworms, and other creepy crawlies. Make "interesting" snacks, drinks, and crafts. Things will get gross!

Little Museum on the Prairie - Step back in time at our Living History Farm and Bozeman of the late 1800s. Help around the Tinsley house with gardening, chores, making crafts, and playing the games of pioneer times.

Monsters and Mysteries - Is it science, pseudoscience, or movie magic? How can you tell if something is real or not? Explore strange topics like UFOs and aliens, Loch Ness monsters, and even look for Sasquatch, all while making a short film about our odd experiences.

Jr. Paleontologists - What does it take to become a real paleontologist? How do fossils get discovered, prepared, and put on display? We'll go through the entire process of paleontology in this camp, "discovering" and preparing a fossil, and building a mini-exhibit for display at MOR.

Yellowstone Explorers - Investigate the wide variety of science about Yellowstone! Meet microbes, plants, animals, and geysers, make Yellowstone-themed crafts, and much more in this camp all about the first National Park.

Science on Two Wheels ­- What's the science behind a bicycle? What's the easiest way to pedal up a hill? How do you patch a flat? Why do some bikes have such skinny tires, and how do they keep from tipping over? We'll answer these questions and more as we explore Bozeman by bike and discover the science and engineering behind the world's most efficient invention: the bicycle!

Challenge Accepted - Prepare for an Olympic-sized science challenge! We'll break into teams and spend the week making mousetrap cars, balsa bridges, and improvised catapults. Teams will test each other's scientific knowledge as we prepare for a friendly camp competition on Friday. Who will emerge victoriously?

$215 per camper for museum members | $255 per camper for non-members. Full payment is required upon registration, $50 of which is non-refundable, $100 non-refundable less than 14 days before the camp starts.
Limited scholarship funds are available for MOR children’s programming. To apply for a scholarship, submit the scholarship application available here.

Camp Times:
All camps run from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

You may register for camps, starting on January 6, 2020, by following the links above. For more camp information, or to register over the phone, please call 406.994.5282 or email dillon.warn@montana.edu. Registration is not complete until a Summer Camp Registration Form has been submitted; be sure to continue completely through the online registration. 


You may cancel your camper's registration by contacting Dillon Warn at dillon.warn@montana.edu or calling 406-994-5282. $50 of each camp registration is non-refundable.$100 non-refundable less than 14 days before the camp starts

Registering for Multiple Camps: 

To register for multiple camps, complete your first registration as normal, but on the "Shopping Cart" page, select "Keep Shopping" instead of "Checkout." Select the next camp you would like to register for, and then select "Add Someone I've Signed Up Before" when prompted to fill in your child's information. Summer Camp Registrations are not finalized until you have selected "Checkout," completed payment information, and then selected the red "Complete Order" button.

A completed Registration Form will be required during online registration.  Please be prepared to enter your child's medical information, along with emergency contacts during registration.

Sign Out Information:
All campers must be signed out by a parent at the end of each day of camp.  If another family member or friend will be picking up your child, you must provide MOR with authorized adults names on the Summer Camp Registration Form, or a note given to your summer camp instructor.  No camper will be released to an unauthorized adult. Campers are expected to be picked-up at 3 p.m. If you are running late, please call the Education Department 406-994-5282 or the Front Desk 406-994-2251.

Learn MOR Scholarship Fund:
For a child, every new encounter is an opportunity to learn and engage with the world. Museum of the Rockies programs take children’s insatiable curiosity and use it to educate them in an interactive manner. Thanks to the Learn MOR Scholarship Fund, established in 2009 by Allan and Anna Lee Roush, the Museum awards scholarships to deserving children for all types of programming.

MOR strongly believes all children should have access to museum programming, regardless of membership or financial status.  All families in need of support are welcomed to complete a scholarship form. Scholarships are based on need and will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis, which may take several days. The submission of the scholarship application does not guarantee registration for a camp. Please click here to submit a scholarship form.  Please complete a separate application for each child.

For more information, please call (406) 994-5282.