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We are now enrolling kids for Summer Science and Nature Camps!

We are offering a half-day camp for children ages 8 - 12 years old.

Weekly rate: $120 regular or $100 for museum members at Family level or above.

July 23rd - 27th 9 a.m. - 1 p.m beginning and ending at our new learning laboratory behind the museum.

Science Heroes: Careers of the Future-- Campers will be exposed to a different career in science each day by meeting experts, going on field trips, and engaging in hands-on activities. Come and explore marine critters, meet a fish, experiment with renewal energy, and dissect a flower in addition to many other activities.

CLICK HERE to download a registration form.

In order to register a child, you will need to fill out a form and either mail it or bring it to the museum with a $30 non-refundable deposit.

We have 50% scholarships available through Humboldt Sponsors for families who qualify for financial assistance. To apply, please fill out the application below and either mail it or drop it by.

Camp scholarship application (click here)

Hanna Nielsen: Lead Camp Instructor

Hanna Nielsen serves as the Education Coordinator for the Natural History Museum where she develops and coordinates environmental education programs. Hanna received her B.A. in 2012 from Willamette University and has used her degree to focus on environmental education with an emphasis on climate change. Her background includes developing and piloting the first regional climate change curriculum for schools around Humboldt Bay. She has also worked for the City of Arcata Environmental Resources Department, City of Berkeley Office of Energy and Sustainable Development, and as a camp counselor at NorthStar Quest Camp for Girls, and Suzuki Summer Academy. As a local to Humboldt County, she is excited to share her love of the region by getting kids outdoors!

Carli Palmerin: Camp Assistant

Carli Palmerin graduated from Humboldt State University in Spring 2018 with a B.S. in Botany. Carli has an extensive science background receiving training in ecology, evolution, genetics, natural history, and physical and chemical sciences. Carli’s experience teaching kids includes working at HSU’s Youth Educational Services, where she tutored middle school students in math and science and served as a classroom mentor for kindergartner’s who were learning English as a second language. Most recently she completed a semester long internship with the HSU Natural History Museum, where she led school programs for classroom visits for K-6. Carli believes in the importance of education in driving society to a better future and is excited to spend the summer getting kids excited about science!



Have your students enjoy learning while interacting with fossils, skulls, feathers,and more! We specialize in hands-on learning and exploration through a variety of materials difficult to find elsewhere.

We can accomodate field trips from groups of all ages from pre-schoolers to seniors. When planning your visit there are two options: 1) formal programs and 2) self-lead

Please go to our Educators link for more detailed information.

CLICK HERE to go to an online class visit request form


We offer a variety of DISCOVERY DAYS with interactive hands-on activities for the whole family usually offered on a Saturday. Each one has a theme including Rocks and Minerals, Anthropology, and Astronomy.


We strive to offer thought-provoking and informative evening lectures to the community at large with a wide variety of nature based topics from dinosaurs to dinoflagellates. Donations are appreciated.

Past topics have included: Sea Star Wasting Disease, Citizen Science Projects, Lichens and Bryophytes, Humboldt Flying Squirrel, The Art of Wildife Tracking, the Golden Age of Dinosaurs, and the Real Mars!

Our next lecture will be announced towards the end of summer 2018. Please check back.


We are the headquarters for the northern portion of the Region 1 CREEC Network. CREEC (The California Regional Environmental Education Community Network) is a program of the California Department of Education that fosters regional partnerships throughout the state of California to promote environmental literacy. For more information, please click on the link below.

Click here to go to the CREEC Region 1 Network's website


webquest imageAttention Teachers: we now have downloadable webquests to use with our virtual exhibits. These are 30 minute computer-based lessons that can be used as a pre and/or post visit assessment of student learning.

See our exhibit link to assist you.






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