Youth Summer Camps 2024

Outdoor Discovery Day Camps: Join us for nature adventures in summer 2024. Our camp age groups are as follows:

  • Pre-K – Kindergarten*
  • 1st – 2nd Grade
  • 3rd – 5th Grade

*4 and up: Must be able to use the restroom independently.

The Montana Natural History Center is hosting a total of 10 weeks of camp. Each theme week runs twice throughout the summer.

Camps run from 9:30-3:30. Before and aftercare is available for free for those who need it (no extra charge, no additional registration) from 8:30-9:30 & 3:30-5:30.

Cost: $315 for members, $335 for non-members

Dates and Themes COMING SOON

The STEEM Program provides middle school girls with a professional mentorship opportunity while simultaneously building their confidence and competence in the sciences. 

The Summer Institute focuses on a different STEEM topic each week. The week is spent building trust, confidence, and courage in the fields of science, technology, engineering, environment, and math. Activities include hands-on experiential learning opportunities with leaders in STEEM fields, practice in science communication, and setting personal goals for professional and academic careers. 

DATES AND THEMES COMING SOON

Duration: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm*

*Some camp weeks may have an overnight element. 

Please feel free to contact our Camps Coordinator, Alyssa Giffin, if you have any questions.

agiffin@montananaturalist.org

Click on the links below to read more about the 2024 summer camp season!

Apply for a 2024 Summer Camp Scholarship

The Montana Natural History Center is able to provide a limited number of need-based, partial scholarships for our summer camps. Please apply by January 31st.

To learn more and apply for a scholarship, please click here to access our scholarship application form.

Registration Information

REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP HERE

Quick tips for an easier registration:

Navigate to the “Summer Camp Dates & Descriptions” tab above to plan your camp schedule.

Some camp themes are repeated; we don’t recommend signing up for two sessions of the same camp theme.

Renew your membership! MNHC members receive a discount on each camp. Click here to become a member today!

Full payment will be due upon registration.

We’ll also be selling summer camp t-shirts – $15 each, and you can purchase them when you register.

Give us a call if you have any questions or need help setting up your account: 406.327.0405.

More details about 2024 Summer Camps:

Our registration system requires you to create an account for your family and you’ll need to add each child individually. Add each of the campers you plan to register to your account in advance so you will be ready to sign them up on registration day. You may also want to set up your payment method to speed up the registration process. You will use the same link on our website to register for camps at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 18th, 2024.

Camps can fill quickly on registration day. If you don’t get a spot in the camp you want, you should add yourself to our online waitlist. We highly recommend adding yourself to the waitlist if the camp you want is full. Camp spots often open up.

Don’t forget that MNHC members save on each summer camp. Not a member? Click here to become a member today!

REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP HERE

Camp Notes

Parents are saying great things about MNHC summer camps!

She came home happy every single day and enjoyed being outside. She enjoyed learning about insects and their environments and got very excited about the “Save the bees” project.”

“[My child] had lots of information at the end of the day and was excited to tell me what she learned. She was also tired, so I know she was busy and engaged.”

“This is our first one but I’m going to try and book as many as I can for next summer- she had such an amazing time, and was itching to go to camp every day (that has not been our experience with other summer camps this year”

“He had such a good time, and we loved seeing and hearing about what he was up to. Definitely our favorite of the camps he’s done this summer.”

“Both kids had a wonderful time. The staff was friendly and kind, the flexibility with before and after care is so nice. Field trips are the best!”

“He always has fun adventuring and playing games and doing crafts. The staff is so terrific and engaging with the kids, and make him feel safe and comfortable.”

Field Trips and Activities: Our summer camps participate in a wide range of nature-based activities. Your child can expect to be outside every day. We take time to explore natural areas from the perspective of a naturalist: a scientist, artist, and writer. Each camp will also include games and time for play in the outdoors, which research shows is important for children. Kids can expect to learn a lot while having fun!

All summer camp groups will take field trips using our activity buses. Preschool camps can expect to stay in town for field trips but 1st-5th grade camps may travel as far as the National Bison Range, Seeley Lake, or Beavertail Pond. All buses are equipped with safety belts, and staff are trained, have passed required certification tests, and are evaluated for safe driving. Parents may provide a booster seat for their child though they are not required. One of our buses has a lift to accommodate wheelchair users. Specific field trip and activity information will be provided for you on your first day of camp but you may contact us with questions.

A parent or guardian will be asked to sign a release form and provide emergency contact information before camp starts. Participants are responsible for following camp safety rules and procedures.

Refunds: Program fee is refundable ONLY if a cancellation is made 30 days before the start of camp, minus a non-refundable administrative fee of 25% the program fee per camp. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline. Membership fees are non-refundable.

 

Montana Natural History Center trips are permitted on the Lolo National Forest (Clause VII.B).

Montana Natural History Center is an equal opportunity service provider.

COVID-19 Protocols

While we’re thrilled to hold our traditional summer camps again this year, we remain committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our campers and staff. As the COVID-19 pandemic situation continues to change in 2024, so may our protocols for safe camper experiences. As these change, we will notify you via email prior to the start of your camp. At the time of registration, these are our current protocols. All campers and staff are responsible for the following at all times:

  • Using hand sanitizer before and after eating, and before/after touching shared camp supplies.

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and warm water as resources allow.

  • Should a camper begin exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while at camp they will immediately be isolated and quarantined under supervision at the Montana Natural History Center and will need to be picked up by their parent/guardian. 

  • If you, your child, or anyone in your household exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, do not bring your child to camp. Please notify Camps Coordinator, Alyssa Giffin, by calling 406.544.9791 or emailing agiffin@montananaturalist.org

    • Symptoms of COVID-19: fever, loss of smell or taste, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle aches and pains, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

  • If any campers or MNHC staff test positive for COVID-19 during your child’s camp, MNHC will take appropriate measures to communicate with parents/guardians to ensure the safety of those exposed. This could result in MNHC canceling or pausing camp, if necessary.