Home > Summer Camp
Experience It. Learn It. Never Forget It.
Have a curious young explorer, future veterinarian or aspiring zoologist who seeks out the wilder side of science? Discovery Science Center offers a variety of hands-on, highly interactive summer science camps for ages 5-10.
Questions? Call 714-913-5030.
Science Camps at the Santa Ana Zoo
The Zoo and You • Ages: 5-6
Is your child an animal lover? Do you have a future zoologist in the family? Discovery Science Center’s “The Zoo and You” camp at the Santa Ana Zoo provides curious kids the chance to learn hands-on with animal experts! Each day of the camp will be themed around a popular children’s book, including “Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type,” “‘Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,’ Said the Sloth,” and “Are You a Bee?”
Each book will connect to a hands-on activity such as making butter, investigating eggs, and learning about body coverings, such as fur, feathers, scales, and quills. Campers will also get up close and personal with an armadillo, pancake tortoise, and macaw during the camp animal shows. Plus, they will get to tour the Zoo, play monkey bingo, and make an edible bird nest. All activities are held in the safety of the Santa Ana Zoo’s barnyard classroom and outdoor amphitheater.
2013 “The Zoo and You” Camp Dates (9am-12:30pm M-F):
Zoo Camp • Ages: 7-10
“Zoo Camp” is an action-packed adventure exploring animals and their amazing characteristics! Kids will get to explore zoo careers, including what a veterinarian, zookeeper and architect do on a daily basis. They will learn the difference between cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals as they use real stethoscopes to listen to their own heartbeat and the heartbeats of a snake and rabbit!
Campers will test their own balance, strength and hand-eye coordination skills in an investigation of animal design and movement. DSC’s “Zoo Camp” concludes with the building of a model animal enclosure and interacting with a live snake, iguana and armadillo! All activities are conducted in the safety of the Santa Ana Zoo’s barnyard classroom and outdoor amphitheater.
2013 “Zoo Camp” Dates (9am-2:30pm M-F):
August 5-9, August 12-16
Santa Ana Zoo Location:
1801 East Chestnut Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Science Camps at the San Joaquin Marsh
Summer Smiles • Ages: 5-6
If your child is too adventurous to stay indoors all summer, let them take a walk on the wild side of science at Discovery Science Center’s “Summer Smiles” Camp at the San Joaquin Marsh! In this exciting camp, kids will investigate the world of frogs, bats, butterflies, and crabs.
They will use magnifiers to get an up-close look at butterfly wings, concoct ooey, gooey slime, make a bat box, and grind their own colorful sand. Your junior explorer will enjoy learning the purpose of the Marsh’s natural filtration ponds during nature hikes in one of Orange County’s most scenic and naturalistic settings! All activities are conducted in the safety of the Marsh’s “Discovery” classroom.
2013 “Summer Smiles” Camp Dates (9am-12:30pm M-F):
Project Discovery • Ages: 7-10
Do you have a hands-on builder or future engineer at home looking for some fun this summer? If your child enjoys tinkering, creating and is curious about how things work, “Project Discovery” Camp at the San Joaquin Marsh is a must! Campers will enjoy a series of challenge-based activities, such as testing different flying models, dropping an egg without breaking it and constructing a catapult.
They will get to test the creations they have designed in a fun and friendly camp-wide competition. Campers will also investigate the secrets of our Solar System and take a close look at the planet we live on, starting with a just one drop of water! All activities are conducted in the safety of the Marsh’s “Discovery” classroom.
2013 “Project Discovery” Camp Dates (9am-2:30pm M-F):
San Joaquin Marsh Location:
5 Riparian View
Irvine, CA 92612
Download Map >
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Request must be received at least 10 business days prior to the start date of your program to receive a refund. A $40 fee will be deducted to cover the cost of processing the refund. There will be no refund if cancellation occurs less than 10 business days prior to camp start date or during camp.
Changes: Any changes to your program must be completed at least 10 days prior to the original start date. Changes are subject to program availability. There will be no charge for the first change; however, there will be a $40 charge for each subsequent change.