For Students Entering Grades K – 9

Summer Camps at The Lawrence
Summer 2022

Welcome. We are excited to have you join us this summer for science camps in-person at The Lawrence!

We have prepared a fantastic lineup of camp offerings! To learn more and register, see camps by grade in the sections below. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

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Camps at The Lawrence

Camp Info

Members, as part of your benefits, you have the chance to register before the general public has access on February 14! 

At The Lawrence, we are committed to quality programming. We know you have many choices, and we appreciate and value that you are considering The Lawrence as a prime learning place for your child. We are happy to highlight the ways we stand out among the competition… 

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  • We offer more individual attention and greater staff support of learners by keeping the staff-camper ratio low and by limiting the spots in each grade band to no more than 20.
  • We engage learners by making all our content hands-on, project based, and starts with an inquiry-based approach. 
  • We inspire interest in STEM fields by offering access to a range of science disciplines and science center exhibits, such as the brand-new Outdoor Nature Lab, live animal explorations, an interactive mobile planetarium, a 3D theater, and much more.

These summer camp programs are organized into two-week sessions in order for learners to explore content more deeply, build a better sense of community among the participants, and fully enjoy all that the science center has to offer. Sessions run June 6 through August 12, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., except for national holidays. Please note there is no camp on the nationally observed holidays of Juneteenth (Monday, 6/20/22) and Independence Day (Monday, 7/4/22). 

Please note: UC Berkeley and The Lawrence Hall of Science are subject to the restrictions and/or guidance of public health authorities and the University’s policies and practices regarding COVID-19. Our first priority will be the health of the communities we serve. Although the camps are planned at this time, COVID health guidelines could affect our summer programs, up to and including, cancellation.

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

My child’s needs are unique. How do I communicate that with the staff in advance?

We use CampDoc, an electronic health record system, to securely collect information about participants. CampDoc is designed to protect your child’s privacy, while alerting us to details such as allergies, medical needs, and other matters that might affect your child’s participation in activities. The information you provide will help us to safely support your children. 

Can I register my child for just one week of in-person camp?

For participants entering grades K-9, unfortunately that’s not possible. After long experience we have determined that the two-week cycle provides an optimal opportunity for community-building among participants, as well as for effective science learning and inspiration.  

Can I register my child up for a different grade band?

For multiple reasons, we do not recommend that participants be registered for programs designed for grade levels other than their own. If you believe there are extenuating circumstances concerning your child, please contact lhsreg@berkeley.edu with details of your situation and your request. 

Can my child and their friend be in the same group for the session?

Each grade band has only one group per session. This means that if your child and their friend or friends are in the same grade band (to see the groupings of grades, please see the camps registration page), they will automatically stay in the same group for the duration of the two-week session.

Will The Lawrence be open to the public during camp time?

The Lawrence Hall of Science is now open to the general public. It will remain open throughout the time during which we conduct summer camps.

When and where do I drop off my child?

Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You may drop off your child starting at 8:55 a.m. and must pick them up by 4:10 p.m. each day. The drop-off location will be communicated to you in a welcome email the week before camp starts. 

Can I drop off or pick up my child outside the drop-off/pickup times?

Yes, you can pick up your child before 4:00 p.m. or drop them off after 9:00 a.m. if needed. In order to properly notify staff, please send an email to lhsreg@berkeley.edu with as much information as you can provide (such as your child’s full name, what grade they are in, who will be picking up your child, and what day/time they will be picked up). In addition, you may confirm an early pickup the day-of with the staff member who checks in your child in the morning.

Can someone else pick my child up from camp?

Yes. But if the adult picking up your child is not someone previously listed as an approved pickup person, please send an email to lhsreg@berkeley.edu with the name of the person who will be picking up your child. If you know what day(s) this adult will be picking up your camper, please include this in the email. 

Can I sign my child up for Extended Day?

Unfortunately no, we are not offering Extended Day. There is no drop-off before 8:55 a.m. and no pickup after 4:10 p.m.

Registration Q&A

Can I cancel or transfer a program I am already registered for?

  • All programs are refundable before April 30th, 2022 at midnight. If you cancel before that time in writing, you will receive a full refund. After that there will be no refund for canceling a program.
  • You may transfer to another session (providing that space is available) if we receive your request in writing 4 weeks before your camp start date. 

I am a Member of The Lawrence, so why am I not seeing the Members price?

Due to rising costs, we unfortunately had to eliminate discounts to Members. Instead, Members now receive priority registration for the camps and dates they want, ahead of general public registration. If you have questions regarding membership, please email us at lhsreg@berkeley.edu. To purchase or renew a membership, please go here. Thank you for your support. 

Why does the 13-day camp during holiday weeks have the same price as the 14-day session?

We plan to provide the same activities and use the identical amount of materials in both the 14-day and 13-day camps. So there is no significant difference in costs.

What if I have other questions related to registering for programs that are not addressed here?

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

COVID Q&A

Will there be updates about camps regarding COVID-19 developments?

Our team continues to track COVID-19 developments and make adjustments to our program accordingly. We will post updates regarding COVID-19 restrictions as conditions change. 

Camps at The Lawrence

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“The staff at LHS camp are amazing…They listened for feedback and shared little stories about the kids’ days. Couldn’t be happier with such a magnificent team.”

Children playing on Pheena the Whale

Parent of Camper

“High-level and FUN STEM programming. Relatable staff and educators.”

Students in front of The Lawrence

Parent of Camper

“My son loved it. He was sad when it ended. Every day he came home happy and excited to talk about the day’s activities.”

A young person looks through a telescope of the view at The Lawrence.

Parent of Camper

“I knew she had an excellent day every day when she came home bubbling with facts that she learned that day and stories about what happened at LHS. Thanks for creating such an amazing environment for learning. I wished all students would be able to experience some of what she did during her time at LHS.”

A child looks through a telescope.

Parent of Camper

“Kind and welcoming instructors who truly love what they are doing. A quality educational program. Convenient timings. What’s not to love?”

A child and an adult work together on a science project at an exhibit at The Lawrence.

Parent of Camper

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