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Exploration Camps

For children ages 11 and up entering 6th grade – High School in the fall. Arts & Sciences offers fun and affordable summer camps that embody our school culture of honoring the whole child – cognitive, social, and emotional development. Camps are led by experienced teachers and groups are divided by age. Camp activities are uniquely designed to meet the abilities and interests of each age group to foster a memorable summer camp experience.

CAMP TIMES: Monday through Friday 9am to 3pm. Beforecare (8:30am-9am) and Aftercare (3pm-5pm) are available for an additional charge.

COST: Exploration camp is $325 per week with no additional fees for materials.  ECECD subsidies accepted. Financial Aid is available.

Week 1 – Math Mindset

June 10 – June 14   

Cost of Camp ($25-$325 Sliding Scale) FREE for households with annual income less than $58,000 per year.

Math Mindset camp focuses on doing math problems that reveal the beauty, creativity, and freedom of math. Campers work in small groups with each other to develop a positive attitude and growth mindset toward mathematics. We use games, activities, and rich mathematical tasks that emphasize visualization, pattern finding, and critical thinking while learning algebra. By working together, making conjectures, and defending our ideas, we develop a positive community of mathematicians in preparation for middle or high school algebra classes.
Lead Teacher: Nate Moore


Week 2 – Science All Around Us

June 17 – June 21     Cost of Camp $325

In this camp, we will use the scientific method to explore the world around us, using our curiosity to guide our experiments. Each day, we will focus on a new scientific concept by learning the background science and designing and conducting fun hands-on experiments to test our theories. We will learn to use all sorts of scientific equipment, observe the natural world to guide our questions and curiosities, and most importantly have fun!
Lead Teacher: Adelyn Smith

Week 3 – Weaver’s Workshop

June 24 – June 28   Cost of Camp: $325

Join us for a week full of weaving, fibers, fun, and creativity! Weaving is a perfect medium for fiber beginners. Campers learn how to weave on a frame loom they build and warp themselves. Our design focus is on abstract and realistic landscape weavings and mini projects to become familiar with color and texture integration. Each camper will walk away from this summer camp with basic weaving knowledge, their own loom, and original woven creations.
Lead Teacher: Jessica Patti

Week 4 – Video Shorts: Techniques, Tips, and Tricks

July 8 – July 12   CAMP IS FULL

Register to be on the waitlist. Cost of Camp $325

Learn to make short videos, memes, stop actions, gifs, and more with Canva. Express yourself and your ideas with this easy and intuitive method of short-form video creation. Campers will learn to add motion, graphics, text, music, and transition effects to create video art that conveys their message. Collaboration is at the heart of the experience and campers will team up to concept, storyboard, film, and showcase their short projects with other creators in the camp.
Lead Teacher: Cathy Weber

Week 5 – Rivers and Watersheds

July 15 – July 19     Cost of Camp $325

Ever wonder why finding a mayfly larva in a river makes biologists jump for joy? Our River and Watersheds camp will teach you. Water may seem elusive in the desert, but come join us as we explore Santa Fe’s hidden rivers and watersheds while beating the summer heat! We will learn how to do authentic water quality tests, discover and learn about river ecosystems, and dip our feet in the cool lifelines that make our desert oasis special. Bring a sense of curiosity and adventure while learning about how to protect these precious areas and the species that inhabit them… yes even the bugs.
Lead Teacher: Adelyn Smith

Week 6 – “Now Hear This!”: Podcasting and Narrative Radio Camp

July 22 – July 26     Cost of Camp $325

Want to be a radio personality, host your own podcasts, and hear your work on the Internet and the radio? In this camp, you learn to create your own radio stories, and host your own podcasts; learn about and engage in pre-production, production, and post-production including the use of recording equipment, audio-editing software; interviewing techniques, using field recording, sound effects (SFX), and music. Completed pieces will be uploaded to PRX (Public Radio Exchange) for distribution across the United States! Let YOUR VOICE be HEARD!
Lead Teacher: Lisa Goldman