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2018 Summer Camps

Join us for discovery and investigation!

Youth Apprentice Program for children ages 12-15

Explora Summer Camps in Las Cruces, NM

Week of June 4 – Week of August 6

No camps July 2-6.

Each grade range will have its own unique investigations to keep imaginations active with science, technology, and art.

Camp Info:

All-Day Camp (9am-4p) – 5 full days:
$260 Explora members • $300 Non-members

Morning (9am-noon) – 5 half days:
$130 Explora members • $150 Non-members

Afternoon Camp (1-4pm) – 5 half days:
$130 Explora members • $150 Non-members

Camp Prices:  Any exceptions are noted next to camp description.

Add Before or After Camp Care (optional):
Times: 8-9am and/or 4-5:30pm, $5 per child, per morning or afternoon

summer camp

Financial assistance may be available for your camp registration fee.
Call 505-224-8341 for more information.

Register online, download & mail a form, or call 505-224-8341.

Summer Camp Descriptions by Grade Level

Summer Camp Descriptions by Week

Some camps listed may be full. Current availability may be found at our online registration site (Programs List in the lower left corner) or by calling (505) 224-8341.

Week 1:  June 4-8

Morning

Pre-K – Glorious Mud:  Glorious, glorious mud! Get your hands dirty while exploring the properties of mud and soil. Use dirt and other natural materials to design and create a variety of projects. Note: Children should wear clothes that can get dirty.

K-1st – Marvelous Magnets: Tap into the power of magnets to race cars, create art, and move objects. Create an electromagnet and discover what makes magnets tick.

2nd-3rd – Blast Off:  Design, construct, and test rockets powered by air or by water. Experiment with inertia, thrust, propulsion, and aerodynamics to make your rockets soar.

4th-6th – Nature’s Web:  Take a walk on the wild side as we explore the ecosystems of the Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge. Each day we will travel to this reclaimed space while investigating and defining our role among local plants, animals, and the Rio Grande river. What will you find? Note: This camp will require an additional transportation release; please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Afternoon

K-1st – Chemistry Galore:  Create chemical concoctions that fizz, foam, change colors, and much more. Harness the power of chemical reactions to launch a rocket and make invisible pictures appear.

2nd-3rd – Smoke & Mirrors:  Investigate how and why the brain “sees” optical illusions. Experiment with shifting light, shadows, reflection, refraction, translucence, scattering, and focus that can cause deceptive perceptions.

4th-6th – Robot Battle:  Construct a robot that will come out on top in a variety of challenges. Rebuild a remote controller to give your robot the edge in direction and power. Can your robot survive the final test?

All Day

6th-8th – Youth Apprentice Program* (Week 1 of three-week program)

Are you age 12 to 15? Become an Explora Summer Youth Apprentice! Explore science, engineering and technology through hands-on activities and field trips; gain leadership skills helping with summer camps. Choose from two sessions:  June 4-June 22 or July 9-27.

Applications now available; rolling admission. For information and application, contact Sarah Pratt (505-224-8320 or spratt@explora.us).

*Three week session: $600; Explora Members $525

9th-12th – Computer Game Programming*

Learn from the pros! This full-day lab is taught by programmers from Sandia National Laboratories. Video game designers use all of the essentials of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) along with the Arts. Use the same tools adopted by professionals as you apply basic physics and computer science, combined with visual design and storytelling, to invent and build your own computer game. With parental permission, campers will be able to sign themselves in/out of camp and will have an unsupervised lunch hour.

* The fee for this all-day camp is $300, or $260 for Explora members.

Week 2 –  June 11-15

Morning

Pre-K – Purple Stripes and Yellow Polka Dots:  Meet characters from Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, The Mixed-up Chameleon, and other stories as you investigate the world of patterns and colors, using children’s literature and your own creative instincts.

K-1st – In the Shadows:  Have you ever studied your shadow? Explore shifting shadow shapes, shades, and sizes. Use shadows to measure time, and bounce and bend light to make shadows.

K-1st – What’s Cooking in Chemistry:  Become a kitchen chemist! Learn the science secrets that allow you to transform common ingredients into uncommonly tasty snacks, ice cream, and more.

2nd-3rd – Powders & Crystals:  Discover the wonders of chemistry as you transform powders, infuse fireworks with color, identify mystery mixtures, grow colorful crystals, and more!

4th-6th – Magnetic Storms:  Have you ever seen a magnetic storm? Use a sunspotter to track one down! Experiment with magnetic fields to float magnets down copper tubes, launch steel balls, build electromagnets, and investigate ferrofluids.

Afternoon

K-1st – Colores locos/Crazy Colors:  Experience color like never before! Combine colors and use different mediums to transform rojos, azules, and amarillos to brilliant morados, verdes, and naranjados. Following a 50/50 English/Spanish curriculum, you’ll experiment with mixing, create natural dyes, and construct vivid kaleidoscopes! ¡Experimenta el color como nunca antes! Combina los colores y usa medios diferentes para transformar rojos, azules, y amarillos en brillantes morados, verdes, y naranjados. Siguiendo un currículo de 50/50 de inglés y español, ¡experimentarás mezclando, crearás tintes naturales y hacerás caleidoscopios vívidos!

K-1st – What’s Cooking in Chemistry:  Become a kitchen chemist! Learn the science secrets that allow you to transform common ingredients into uncommonly tasty snacks, ice cream, and more.

2nd-3rd – Supercharged Science:  Electricity, conductivity, static charges, and magnetism – this camp has it all! Become an expert at circuits, motors, lights, and switches to design and create your own ingenious contraptions.

4th-6th – Better Bikes:  Discover the physics and engineering of a bicycle while building your own wheeled creation from PVC pipes. Help assemble bikes for those in need. Note: This camp will require an additional transportation release; please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

All Day

6th-8th – Youth Apprentice Program (Week 2 of three-week program)

Week 3:  June 18-22

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Green Spaghetti:  Mix and heat, then have a treat! Chemistry will be our guide as we explore the reactions that transform ingredients into food.

K-1st – Matter Mysteries:  Can you build a tower of water? Catch a pocketful of air? Pour a block? Investigate the properties of solids, liquids, and gases to find out!

2nd-3rd – Hot off the Presses! Printmaking is one of the most important inventions of our time.  Explore color, shapes, and patterns while making imprints using fruits, vegetables, and clay. Roll up your sleeves, roll out your ink, and get printing!

4th-6th – Engineering Workshop:  Can you restore an ancient ruin using ramps, cranes, hydraulics, and other systems?  Question, imagine, create, and improve as you embark on a series of engineering design challenges to rebuild history.

Afternoon

K-1st – Amazing Shapes:  There once was a greedy triangle who added more sides until it became a dodecagon.  Explore the many sides of polygons as well as the round world of circles. Investigate what shapes become as they move into the third dimension.

2nd-3rd – Trash Talks:  What is in our trash? Where does our trash go? The average American creates over four pounds of trash every day! Explore the ins and outs of trash as well as ways to refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle.

4th-6th – Food Science:  What’s in your favorite food? Is it sweet or salty? Does it contain sugars, fats, vitamins? Is it healthy or unhealthy? Find out what makes it so tasty. Then create your own irresistible concoctions, as well as liquid nitrogen ice cream and the perfect bread!

All Day

6th-8th – Youth Apprentice Program (Week 3 of three-week program)

Week 4:  June 25-29

Morning

Pre-K – Art + Engineering:  Does purple bring out the eyes of the octopus on a spinning top? Tap into both your left and right brain by combining art and engineering through innovative, fun activities.

K-1st – Measure Me:  Master your measuring skills! Weigh some wacky objects. Find out precisely how tall you are. Use scales, measuring cups, and droppers to measure ingredients and make your own snacks.

2nd-3rd – Drawing Nature:  A journal is a powerful tool that can unlock creativity, hone observation skills, and record remarkable discoveries. Create your own nature journal while observing detail and patterns in flowers, insects, and plants. Learn a variety of illustration techniques while creatively documenting the natural world around us.

4th-6th – Escape Explora:  Go behind the scenes, and learn the science behind escape rooms. Explore the engineering of puzzles, delve into logic, and put your math skills to the test! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to make Explora’s first escape room!

6th-8th – Creative Woodworking:  Learn the basics of working with wood. Use traditional hand tools, such as chisels, saws, carving tools, and planes. Explore basic woodturning techniques on a lathe. Make projects designed to develop an understanding of the nature of wood and the skills for safe and effective shaping technique.

Afternoon

K-1st – World Beneath Our Feet:  Put together sand, clay, and silt and you get something pretty amazing: soil! Dig deep to discover the secrets of soil and meet some of the life it supports.

2nd-3rd – Engineering Workshop:  Can you restore an ancient ruin using ramps, cranes, hydraulics, and other systems? Question, imagine, create, and improve as you embark on a series of engineering design challenges to rebuild history.

4th-6th – Photo Finish:  Are you ready to take a picture without an Instagram filter? Create and manipulate photographs using a variety of techniques including a cyanotype developing process, photograms, pinhole cameras, and more.

6th-8th – Forensic Explorers:  Whodunit? Collect and analyze evidence at the scene of the crime, including fingerprints, fibers, powders, and liquids. Use your new powers of deduction to determine the most likely culprit!

There will be no Summer Camps offered during this week.

Explora will be closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Have a safe holiday!

Week 5:  July 9-13

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Purple Stripes and Yellow Polka Dots:  Meet characters from Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, The Mixed-up Chameleon, and other stories as you investigate the world of patterns and colors, using children’s literature and your own creative instincts.

K-1st – Chemistry Galore:  Create chemical concoctions that fizz, foam, change colors, and much more. Harness the power of chemical reactions to launch a rocket and make invisible pictures appear.

2nd-3rd – Blast Off:  Design, construct, and test rockets powered by air or by water. Experiment with inertia, thrust, propulsion, and aerodynamics to make your rockets soar.

4th-6th – Nature’s Web:  Take a walk on the wild side as we explore the ecosystems of the Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge. Each day we will travel to this reclaimed space while investigating and defining our role among local plants, animals, and the Rio Grande river. What will you find?
Note: This camp will require an additional transportation release; please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Afternoon

K-1st – Marvelous Magnets:  Tap into the power of magnets to race cars, create art, and move objects. Create an electromagnet and discover what makes magnets tick.

2nd-3rd – Smoke & Mirrors:  Investigate how and why the brain “sees” optical illusions. Experiment with shifting light, shadows, reflection, refraction, translucence, scattering, and focus that can cause deceptive perceptions.

4th-6th – Robot Battle:  Construct a robot that will come out on top in a variety of challenges. Rebuild a remote controller to give your robot the edge in direction and power. Can your robot survive the final test?

All Day

6th-8th – Youth Apprentice Program* (Week 1 of three-week program)

Are you age 12 to 15? Become an Explora Summer Youth Apprentice! Explore science, engineering and technology through hands-on activities and field trips; gain leadership skills helping with summer camps. Choose from two sessions:  June 4-June 22 or July 9-27.

Applications now available; rolling admission. For information and application, contact Sarah Pratt (505-224-8320 or spratt@explora.us).

*Three week session: $600; Explora Members $525

Week 6:  July 16-20

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Art + Engineering:  Does purple bring out the eyes of the octopus on a spinning top? Tap into both your left and right brain by combining art and engineering through innovative, fun activities.

K-1st – Colores locos/Crazy Colors:  Experience color like never before! Combine colors and use different mediums to transform rojos, azules, and amarillos to brilliant morados, verdes, and naranjados. Following a 50/50 English/Spanish curriculum, you’ll experiment with mixing, create natural dyes, and construct vivid kaleidoscopes! ¡Experimenta el color como nunca antes! Combina los colores y usa medios diferentes para transformar rojos, azules, y amarillos en brillantes morados, verdes, y naranjados. Siguiendo un currículo de 50/50 de inglés y español, ¡experimentarás mezclando, crearás tintes naturales y hacerás caleidoscopios vívidos!

2nd-3rd – Chemistry in the Kitchen:  Put on your chef’s apron and conduct tempting, tasty, and bubbling kitchen experiments. You’ll engage in a baking soda/baking powder challenge, learn to adapt and invent recipes, and make green eggs and ham!

2nd-3rd – Supercharged Science:  Electricity, conductivity, static charges, and magnetism – this camp has it all! Become an expert at circuits, motors, lights, and switches to design and create your own ingenious contraptions.

4th-6th – Better Bikes:  Discover the physics and engineering of a bicycle while building your own wheeled creation from PVC pipes. Help assemble bikes for those in need. Note: This camp will require an additional transportation release; please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Afternoon

K-1st – In the Shadows:  Have you ever studied your shadow? Explore shifting shadow shapes, shades, and sizes. Use shadows to measure time, and bounce and bend light to make shadows.

2nd-3rd – Chemistry in the Kitchen:  Put on your chef’s apron and conduct tempting, tasty, and bubbling kitchen experiments. You’ll engage in a baking soda/baking powder challenge, learn to adapt and invent recipes, and make green eggs and ham!

2nd-3rd – Powders & Crystals:  Discover the wonders of chemistry as you transform powders, infuse fireworks with color, identify mystery mixtures, grow colorful crystals, and more!

4th-6th – Magnetic Storms:  Have you ever seen a magnetic storm? Use a sunspotter to track one down! Experiment with magnetic fields to float magnets down copper tubes, launch steel balls, build electromagnets, and investigate ferrofluids.

All Day

6th-8th – Youth Apprentice Program (Week 2 of a three-week program)

Week 7:  July 23-27

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Green Spaghetti:  Mix and heat, then have a treat! Chemistry will be our guide as we explore the reactions that transform ingredients into food.

K-1st – Amazing Shapes:  There once was a greedy triangle who added more sides until it became a dodecagon. Explore the many sides of polygons as well as the round world of circles. Investigate what shapes become as they move into the third dimension.

K-1st – What’s Cooking in Chemistry:  Become a kitchen chemist! Learn the science secrets that allow you to transform common ingredients into uncommonly tasty snacks, ice cream, and more.

2nd-3rd – Trash Talks:  What is in our trash? Where does our trash go? The average American creates over four pounds of trash every day! Explore the ins and outs of trash as well as ways to refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle.

4th-6th – Escape Explora:  Go behind the scenes, and learn the science behind escape rooms. Explore the engineering of puzzles, delve into logic, and put your math skills to the test! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to make Explora’s first escape room.

Afternoon

K-1st – Matter Mysteries:  Can you build a tower of water? Catch a pocketful of air? Pour a block? Investigate the properties of solids, liquids, and gases to find out!

K-1st – What’s Cooking in Chemistry:  Become a kitchen chemist! Learn the science secrets that allow you to transform common ingredients into uncommonly tasty snacks, ice cream, and more.

2nd-3rd – Hot off the Presses! Printmaking is one of the most important inventions of our time. Explore color, shapes, and patterns while making imprints using fruits, vegetables, and clay. Roll up your sleeves, roll out your ink, and get printing!

4th-6th – Engineering Workshop:  Can you restore an ancient ruin using ramps, cranes, hydraulics, and other systems? Question, imagine, create, and improve as you embark on a series of engineering design challenges to rebuild history.

All Day

6th-8th – Youth Apprentice Program (Week 3 of a three-week program)

Week 8:  July 30 – August 3

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Glorious Mud:  Glorious, glorious mud! Get your hands dirty while exploring the properties of mud and soil. Use dirt and other natural materials to design and create a variety of projects. Note: Children should wear clothes that can get dirty.

K-1st – World Beneath Our Feet:  Put together sand, clay, and silt and you get something pretty amazing: soil! Dig deep to discover the secrets of soil and meet some of the life it supports.

2nd-3rd – Drawing Nature:  A journal is a powerful tool that can unlock creativity, hone observation skills, and record remarkable discoveries. Create your own nature journal while observing detail and patterns in flowers, insects, and plants. Learn a variety of illustration techniques while creatively documenting the natural world around us.

4th-6th – Photo Finish:  Are you ready to take a picture without an Instagram filter? Create and manipulate photographs using a variety of techniques including a cyanotype developing process, photograms, pinhole cameras, and more.

6th-8th – Raspberry Pi®:  Learn real programming skills as you discover the ins and outs of a Raspberry Pi®, a computer the size of a credit card! Note: Camp price of $185, or $145 for Explora members, includes a $35 materials fee.

Raspberry Pi® is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi® Foundation. Funding assistance for this camp has been provided by Van Dyke Software.

Afternoon

K-1st – Measure Me:  Master your measuring skills! Weigh some wacky objects. Find out precisely how tall you are. Use scales, measuring cups, and droppers to measure ingredients and make your own snacks.

2nd-3rd – Engineering Workshop:  Can you restore an ancient ruin using ramps, cranes, hydraulics, and other systems? Question, imagine, create, and improve as you embark on a series of engineering design challenges to rebuild history.

4th-6th – Food Science:  What’s in your favorite food? Is it sweet or salty? Does it contain sugars, fats, vitamins? Is it healthy or unhealthy? Find out what makes it so tasty. Then create your own irresistible concoctions, as well as liquid nitrogen ice cream and the perfect bread!

6th-8th – Biomedical Engineering:  Engineer human body systems out of everyday materials, diagnose potential complications with your model, and study cutting-edge biomedical engineering techniques to inform your work and discover new possibilities in healing the human body.

Week 9:  August 6-10

Morning Class

Pre-K – Art Bots:  Can a pickle run a robot? Discover how pickles (and more!) can conduct electricity, then make your creative mark by assembling a simple robot.

All Day (Camps for grades K-6 are all day camps during this week)

K-1st – Wide World of STEAM:  Join us for this week of a wide range of science, technology, engineering, art, and math explorations. Discover the joy and excitement of investigation and inquiry as our educators lead in this Best of Explora camp.

2nd-3rd – Wide World of STEAM:  Join us for this week of a wide range of science, technology, engineering, art, and math explorations. Discover the joy and excitement of investigation and inquiry as our educators lead in this Best of Explora camp.

4th-6th – Wide World of STEAM:  Join us for this week of a wide range of science, technology, engineering, art, and math explorations. Discover the joy and excitement of investigation and inquiry as our educators lead in this Best of Explora camp.


Cancelation Policy
  • If a cancelation is received at least 5 business days before the camp, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administration fee.
  • Cancelations received fewer than 5 business days before the camp will not be refunded.
  • Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program.

Youth Apprentice Program 2018

Are you age 12 to 15?
Become an Explora Summer Youth Apprentice!

Learn the ins and outs of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a collaborative, inquiry-based environment. Explore STEM topics in depth, and put your understanding to the test through experimentation. Plus, learn facilitation skills through practice in summer camps.

Choose from two sessions:

  • June 4-22, 2018
  • July 9-27, 2018

For additional information and to apply contact Sarah Pratt, 505-224-8320.

Cost:

  • $600 for three-week session
  • $525 for Explora members

autismEXPLORA-tions camps for children with autism and their peers

May 28-June 1

Each of the three camps below is a week-long camp offered Monday, May 28 – Friday, June 1.
Hours vary by day, see schedule below:

  • Monday, 1-4pm.
  • Tuesday-Thursday, 8:15am-2pm.
  • Friday, 9am-12pm (camp will meet at an off-site location)

Camp for Children with Autism
Ages 5-7

EXPLORA-tions – Creepy Crawlies: Investigate dirt and the creepy crawly things we find in it. Experiment with different types of soils and discover red wigglers, snails, mealworms, and much more.

Camp for Children with Autism
Ages 7-10

EXPLORA-tions – Windy 500: Design a wind-powered car that goes the distance! Use cardboard, tubing, dowels, plastic sheets, and more to build your own car, and test variables to refine your design.

Companion Camp for Siblings & Friends of Children with Autism
K-4th grade

Wide World of STEAM:  Discover the excitement of investigation and inquiry as we explore a wide range of science, technology, engineering, art, and math challenges.

Fee for camps for children with autism and their peers:

  • Explora members: $100 per camper
  • Non-members: $115 per camper

A separate application process is being used for camps the week of May 28-June 1. Please contact Susan Leung, Explora’s Camp Manager, at campcoordinator@explora.us or 505-224-8381 for more information and the application materials.

Summer Camp
Registration Info

  • Drop Off: Anytime between 8:45-9 am.
  • Before care: (Extra option), beginning at 8 am.
  • Activities: Classroom activities as described, plus exhibit exploration.
  • Food: Please pack morning & afternoon peanut-free snacks and lunch as appropriate.
  • Break time: Outside on the Explora playground, weather permitting.
  • Pick-up: 12 pm for Pre-K and 4 pm for for K-6th grade. Adults will be asked to show photo ID at pick-up.
  • After care: (Extra option) for K-6th, 4-5:30 pm.

Explora educators develop camp activities with children’s developmental levels in mind. Your children will have the opportunity to learn from, and work with older and younger peers and make new friends.

Summer Camp Fees

Half Day Camps

  • $130 for Explora members;
  • $150 for non-members.


Full Day Camps

  • $260 for Explora members;
  • $300 for non-members.
Registration
  • All campers must be able to use the restroom on their own.
  • Please have the following available when you register: emergency contact name and phone numbers; name of alternate adults who can pick up the child; child’s medications, dosages, and physician’s name; child’s insurance information, as well as any allergy or special needs information for your child.
  • Click above to register online or call 505-224-8341.
    Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Questions may also be emailed to reservations@explora.us
  • Para español, llame al 505-224-8323, de lunes a viernes, 9am-5pm.
Cancelation Policy
  • If a cancelation is received at least 5 business days before the camp, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administration fee.
  • Cancelations received fewer than 5 business days before the camp will not be refunded.
  • Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program.

Registration Info

  • Drop Off: Anytime between 8:45-9 am.
  • Before care: (Extra option), beginning at 8 am.
  • Activities: Classroom activities as described, plus exhibit exploration.
  • Food: Please pack morning & afternoon snacks and lunch as appropriate.
  • Break time: Outside on the Explora playground, weather permitting.
  • Pick-up: 12 pm for Pre-K and 4 pm for K-8th grade. Adults will be asked to show photo ID at pick-up.
  • After care: (Extra option) for K-6th, 4-5:30 pm.

Explora educators develop camp activities with children’s developmental levels in mind. Your children will have the opportunity to learn from, and work with older and younger peers and make new friends.

Fees

Half-day camps

  • $130 for Explora members;
  • $150 for non-members.

Full-day camps

  • $260 for Explora members;
  • $300 for non-members.
Registration
  • All campers must be able to use the restroom on their own.
  • Please have the following available when you register: emergency contact name and phone numbers; name of alternate adults who can pick up the child; child’s medications, dosages, and physician’s name; child’s insurance information, as well as any allergy or special needs information for your child.
  • Click above to register online or call 505-224-8341.
    Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Questions may also be emailed to reservations@explora.us
  • Para español, llame al 505-224-8323, de lunes a viernes, 9am-5pm.
Cancelation Policy
  • If a cancelation is received at least 5 business days before the camp, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administration fee.
  • Cancelations received fewer than 5 business days before the camp will not be refunded.
  • Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program.

Explora is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all purchases at our store are always tax-free.

Proceeds from your purchases at Ideas, the store at Explora, help fund our programs and exhibits.

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