Summer Camps at The Lawrence

In-person camps are available for children from Pre-K through high school, in a variety of topics ranging from dinosaurs and slime to astronomy and coding. So long as public health guidelines permit it, camps will take place at The Lawrence beginning on June 7 thru August 6. Sessions are designed with public health guidance and camper safety in mind. To keep our campers safe, they will be divided into small, stable, grade-level groupings (called pods) of campers and camp leaders who will experience three weeks of camp together from start to finish. Each pod will be located in its own assigned space in The Lawrence; they will not share outdoor time together with other pods; and they will have assigned times for outdoor experiences, as well as other Lawrence experiences, to limit their exposure to other pods. Additional measures will be in place to maximize camper health and safety, while permitting high-quality, hands-on experiences you have come to expect from The Lawrence.

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Program Descriptions

Science Camp @ The Lawrence for Grades PreK – Kindergarten

Three week IN PERSON Camp at The Lawrence

Dinosaur Detectives
Are you curious to know what it was like to roam the Earth millions of years ago? In this program, you will explore the latest discoveries, investigate unsolved mysteries, and dig up and piece together a puzzle of dinosaur bones. Together we will uncover fossil clues to learn about powerful predators and the spectacular range of their preys’ dazzling defenses. Inspired by these discoveries, you will sculpt prehistoric creatures with features that help them survive the prehistoric world. This program is designed as a full-day experience at The Lawrence and includes visits to museum exhibits. Get ready to “dig” into a week of exciting dino discoveries!

Nature Explorers
Ever wonder where animals go to bed at night? In this program, you will explore, investigate, and discover what animals need to live and make their homes. Together we will fine-tune observational skills both indoors and outdoors. You will create animal habitat models to take home and see how human needs are similar to those of our animal friends. This program is designed as a full-day experience at The Lawrence and includes visits to museum exhibits. Come explore your furry, scaly, and feathered friends with us this summer!

Slime Investigators
Have you ever wondered what things are made of? In this program, you will observe, investigate, experiment, and compare properties of matter. Together we will get messy with solids, liquids, gases, and more. You will gain a basic understanding of states of matter and phase changes. This program is designed as a full-day experience at The Lawrence and includes visits to museum exhibits. Whatever “state” you’re in now, we hope to see you at camp this summer!

Member: $1,890.00 / Non-Member: $1,995.00

Session 1: June 7 – June 25  9AM-4PM

Session 2: June 28 – July 16   9AM-4PM

Session 3: July 19 – August 6   9AM-4PM

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Science Camp @ The Lawrence for Grades 1 – 2

Three week IN PERSON Camp at The Lawrence

Nature Craft
Are you ready to be inspired by nature? In this program, you will use a scientific lens to explore the patterns in nature, get new ideas, and create art of your own from natural materials. You will explore the colors, shapes, and structures of living and non-living things. Each day will include time outdoors for observations, scientific investigation, and creative art and craft projects. Campers will gain skills to discover the natural world up close through noticing, wondering, and making connections. 

Moons of Jupiter
Are you curious about space travel in our Solar System? In this program, you will design a spacecraft to land on and explore one of Jupiter’s moons! Together we will design, build, and test the launch rocket, landing system, and rover for exploring its surface while we brave the erupting volcanoes or drill into Ganymede’s underground ocean. You will gain a deeper understanding of our Solar System, Jupiter and its moons, spacecraft engineering, and more. This program includes visits to museum exhibits.

Arcade Makers
Are you ready to “level up”? In this program, you will design and build classic, non-electronic, arcade games. Together, we will investigate how things roll, fly, slide, collide, and more. Each day you will use your ingenuity to design, build, and test creative contraptions using a variety of materials. You will gain a better understanding of force, trajectory, and motion, as well as how to innovate through the engineering design process. Join us to create and play in our very own arcade full of games!

Member: $1,890.00 / Non-Member: $1,995.00

Session 1: June 7 – June 25   9AM-4PM

Session 2: June 28 – July 16   9AM-4PM

Session 3: July 19 – August 6   9AM-4PM

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Science Camp @ The Lawrence for Grades 3 – 4

Three week IN PERSON Camp at The Lawrence

Rube Goldberg Machines
Are you ready to step into the Makers Space? In this program, you will learn about Rube Goldberg, best known for the popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets performing simple tasks. Together we will investigate how things roll, fly, slide, and collide, while utilizing gravity, levers, pulleys, magnets, and more. You will use your ingenuity to design, build, and test creative contraptions while gaining a better understanding of force, trajectory, magnetism, and motion. This program takes place Mon-Fri, 9AM-4PM at The Lawrence and includes visits to museum exhibits.

Nature Detectives
Are you ready to investigate the mysteries of the natural world? In this program, you will explore natural phenomena found locally and beyond. Together, we will investigate, discover, and retell stories about nature’s mysteries. Each day will include time outdoors, collaborative science investigations, and stories from naturalists around the world. You will gain a better understanding of the natural world and will learn how to observe and explain its phenomena. This program takes place Mon-Fri, 9AM-4PM at The Lawrence and includes visits to museum exhibits.

The Asteroid Belt 
Are you curious about space travel in our Solar System? In this program, you will design a spacecraft to land on and explore one of our Solar System’s asteroids! Together we will brave the hazards of navigating through the dangerous asteroid belt, then design and test various types of launch rockets, landing systems, and rovers to land on oddly shaped space rocks with little gravity. You will gain a deeper understanding of our Solar System, asteroids, clues to how it all began, spacecraft engineering, and more. This program takes place Mon-Fri, 9AM-4PM at The Lawrence and includes visits to museum exhibits.

Member: $1,890.00 / Non-Member: $1,995.00

Session 1: June 7 – June 25  9AM-4PM

Session 2: June 28 – July 16  9AM-4PM

Session 3: July 19 – August 6   9AM-4PM

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Science Camp @ The Lawrence for Grades 5 – 6

Three week IN PERSON Camp at The Lawrence

Mission to Mars
Do you think you could live on another planet? This week you will blast off into cutting-edge science as you investigate ways to survive on Mars! Together we will design and test systems for providing water, oxygen, warmth, and more on a Martian colony. You will gain a deeper understanding of our galaxy and its stars, other planets, spacecraft engineering, and more. This program takes place M-F, 9AM-4PM at The Lawrence and includes visits to museum exhibits.

City Engineers
What happens when you build a city on shaky ground? This week you will explore how to design a city that can survive an earthquake and related natural disasters. Together we will explore the effects of earthquakes on land, water, and structures, then design stable structures and alternative energy sources, and finally create earthquake preparedness public service announcements. You will gain a deeper understanding of engineering as well as the causes and effects of earthquakes. This program takes place M-F, 9AM-4PM at The Lawrence and includes visits to museum exhibits.

LEGO Robotics
Do you have what it takes to code a champion? This week you will design, build, and write the code needed to make a robot tackle a gauntlet of challenges. Together we will learn about loops, sensors, and servos as your mechanical olympians compete against both The Lawrence’s records and each other. This program takes place M-F, 9AM-4PM at The Lawrence and includes visits to museum exhibits.

Member: $1,890.00 / Non-Member: $1,995.00

Session 1: June 7 – June 25   9AM-4PM

Session 2: June 28 – July 16  9AM-4PM

Session 3: July 19 – August 6  9AM-4PM

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Science Camp @ The Lawrence for Grades 7 – 8 – 9

Three week IN PERSON camp at The Lawrence

Constructing Coasters
Are you ready to take your design and engineering skills to the next level? In this program, you will design, build, and test coasters. Together we will work through daily engineering challenges. You will learn the basics of physics fundamentals and how to analyze static and dynamic forces.

Coding for Space Exploration
Are you excited about space sciences and interested in computer programming for real-life applications? In this program, you will build a model satellite, rover, or probe and code it to function on different missions in space. Together through daily challenges, you will learn block-based programming, become familiar with the iterative design process, and deepen your knowledge of the solar system. 

Medical Mystery
Have you ever wondered how scientists treat mysterious medical maladies? In this program, you will take on the role of medical practitioners with fictitious patients exploring the human body, diagnosing diseases, and prescribing treatment. Together we will explore how daily decisions you make affect your well-being. You will gain new tools, knowledge, and skills that real practitioners use in the field.

Member: $1,890.00 / Non-Member: $1,995.00

Session 1: June 7 – June 25   9AM-4PM

Session 2: June 28 – July 16  9AM-4PM

Session 3: July 19 – August 6  9AM-4PM

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Programming Robots with Python for Grades 10 – 11 – 12

One week IN PERSON camp at The Lawrence

Have you ever wondered how scientists on Earth can use coding to discover the secrets of space? In this Teen Research Program, you will learn the basics of Python programming. You will build a model space station using a robotics kit and recycled materials, then power your model to do things that real-life space stations do, like responding to light, objects, and motion. Together we will engage in science and engineering practices as you identify and solve problems. You will gain skills and knowledge in astronomy and coding while adding valuable experience to your college application. Some programming knowledge such as Python, Java, or JavaScript is recommended.

Member: $835 / Non-Member: $880

Date: June 7 – June 11   Mon-Fri   9AM-4PM

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Understanding Climate Change with the help of Python for Grades 10 – 11 – 12

One week IN PERSON camp at The Lawrence

Are you considering a path toward a climate-related field? In this Teen Research Program you will explore how today’s scientists rely deeply on computer programming to better understand and explain climate change. Together we will conduct investigations related to the environment and take on programming challenges designed to help you learn Python and analyze data. Each group will have the unique opportunity to create and present your own data visualization of a global climate phenomenon on our Science On a Sphere® (SOS) exhibit. You will gain skills and knowledge about climate change and coding while adding valuable experience to your college application. This high school program takes place Mon-Fri, 9AM-4PM at The Lawrence and is open to teens entering grades 10-12. 

No prior coding experience required.

Member: $835 / Non-Member: $880

Date: July 12 – July 16   Mon-Fri   9AM-4PM

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Frequently Asked Questions About In-person Camps at The Lawrence

Program Q&A

A: For grades PreK-9, unfortunately no. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are having elementary grade campers commit to a three-week session of camp. The campers will be with the same pod of children and staff for the entire three-week period, with no mixing between pods. We believe this is the best way to keep the children and our staff as safe as possible. 

A: At this time we do not know whether The Lawrence will be open to the public during Summer Camp. We are working on several scenarios that include being open to the public in some capacity, but all scenarios include provisions for keeping campers and general public visitors separate. We will provide more detailed information about how we will manage this situation once we have confirmation regarding our reopening plans.

A: Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You may drop off your child starting at 8:45 a.m. and must pick them up by 4:15 p.m. each day. The drop-off location will be communicated to you in a welcome email the week before camp starts.

A: Unfortunately no, we are not offering Extended Day this year due to the pandemic. 

Registration Q&A

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  1. To register for Summer Camps at The Lawrence, go to our Registration page
    • If you purchased our Online Summer Discovery Camps or After School Science Online classes in 2020, you already have an account. Use the email associated with your account and the password you created.
    • If you are a Member and this is the first time you have logged into our new system, use the email associated with your membership and click on “Reset Password.” If you don’t remember the email you gave us when you joined, please email lhsreg@berkeley.edu and we will let you know the email address associated with your account. Please do not create a new account!
    • If you are not a Member and did not purchase anything from us in the past 12 months, please create a new account.
    • If you would like to purchase a membership, please go here.
  2. During the registration process, we will have you acknowledge that you must provide a health form and immunization record for each camper enrolled in our in-person camps. A third-party provider, CampDoc, will be collecting and securely storing this information for us. You will receive an email from CampDoc.com with instructions on how to provide this information. If you do not provide the information 3 weeks prior to the camp start date, your child will not be able to attend camp and you will not be issued a refund. Please look for this important email form CampDoc.com.
  3. If you have any questions related to program registration, please email: lhsreg@berkeley.edu.

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  1. All programs are nonrefundable 3 weeks before the start of camp. If you cancel before that time in writing, you will receive a full refund. 
  2. You may transfer to another session (if space is available) if we receive your request in writing 3 weeks before your camp start date. 

A: If you have a current membership, please be sure to log in using the email address associated with your membership. If you are not sure which email address is affiliated with your membership or if your membership is current and you are logged in and still not seeing the Member price, please email us at lhsreg@berkeley.edu.

To purchase or renew a membership, please go here

A: If you still have any other questions related to registration, please email: lhsreg@berkeley.edu

Registration Policies

Registration Information About Summer Camps at The Lawrence