Martinsville, Virginia


Virginia Museum of Natural History's Summer Camps Now Enrolling

Registration is now open for the Virginia Museum of Natural History's exciting lineup of 2023 Summer Adventure Camps for ages 6-8 and 9-11!

2023 Summer Adventure Camp Lineup
This summer, the museum is offering 4 separate week-long, day camps (2 camps for ages 6-8 and 2 camps for ages 9-11). Each camp takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with optional before and after camp care available. A full lineup, with links to online registration, can be found below. 

Nature Adventure
June 12 - 16
Ages 6-8
Register online HERE
Buckle up for a nature adventure! In this Summer Adventure Camp for ages 6-8, campers will connect with nature through outdoor activities, crafting, games, and interactive science lessons! See the fun that nature has to offer and meet new friends while exploring!

June 26 - 30
Ages 9-11
Register online HERE
In this week-long experience, campers will learn about different types of “ology” sciences. Young scientists ages 9-11 will get a hands-on, inside look at paleontology, geology, herpetology, and so much more! Each day will be full of hands-on activities, outdoor exploration, and experiments. Can you say awesome-ology!

Camp Science Exploration
July 10 -14
Ages 6-8
Register online HERE
This 5-day camp for ages 6-8 is for those minds that are curious about ALL the topics. Each day will include hands-on activities and experiments in which campers can explore the different fields of science, including paleontology and archaeology - all the way to a few messy chemistry experiments! Get ready to have a different, but AWESOME, experience each day!

Extreme STEAM
August 7 - 11
Ages 9-11
Register online HERE
Get creative with STEAM! Campers ages 9-11 will experience hands-on activities through science, technology, engineering, art and math! Campers will enjoy time with friends while building, crafting, exploring and learning!

Camp Scholarships
A limited number of scholarships are available for Summer Adventure Camps.  Scholarships will be awarded on a need basis and applicants must meet certain requirements. The scholarship application form (including requirement thresholds) can be found here.

In an attempt to help as many children as possible, the museum will provide registration for one (1) week of camp per accepted applicant. If you believe you qualify or are interested in learning more, please contact us at

*Please note that those who qualify for a scholarship will be required to pay a $25 deposit (cash or credit), which will be returned after your child has completed the camp. If your child does not attend, the deposit is non-refundable. Scholarship applications are due by the camp registration deadline (2 weeks prior to the camp).

Before and After Care
To help accommodate your busy schedule, the museum is pleased to offer optional before and after care for your child during our camps. Before Care is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and After Care is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Each type of care is offered at the rates of $30/week or $6/day. While care is optional, please note that the following fees will be assessed, if you do not select care:

4 to 4:15 p.m.  |  Grace period
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.  |  $6 fee assessed for each 15 minutes
5:00 p.m.  |  $1 for every minute after 5:00 p.m.

Register for Before and After Care HERE.