Field Explorers Summer Camps Grades 4-5

About this recurring event

Explore the environment around us and connect present-day discoveries to secrets about the history of planet Earth in this camp for inquisitive students.

Two kids on the left hold strips of fabrics. Two teenagers show them the strips of fabric while standing behind a model of a mummy.

The one-week camps focus on exploring one of two special exhibitions at the Field Museum. In Jurassic Oceans, campers will investigate the prehistoric seas and the animals that swam while dinosaurs walked on land. In Wild Color, campers will dive into all the colors of the environment and how plants, animals, and even humans use color to their advantage.

The two-week camps focus on the history of one feature around us. First, we’ll explore its connections across the globe and interactions with local surroundings and populations. In the second week of the camp, campers will consider how some pieces of that story connect—how a little bit of randomness might have resulted in a different story altogether. Our environment is the result of infinite small stories all interacting with each other, and it tells those stories in the small details if you take the time to look.

The grade band for each camp refers to the grade a camper will be entering in the fall. Themes to choose from for grades 4–5 are Earth’s Story by the Drop, Jurassic Oceans, and Wild Color.

One- and two-week sessions run Monday–Friday, 9am–3pm. Aftercare is available until 5pm for an additional $125, and space is limited.

Scholarship applications have closed for 2022 summer camps.

Covid safety requirements

All attendees five years of age or older will be required to show valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Valid proof of vaccination consists of one of the following: vaccination card, photocopy of vaccination card, digital record or app, or printed record from vaccine provider. Face masks must be worn throughout the duration of camps, except when eating or drinking.

When you register for camp, you’ll be required to sign an agreement to adhere to the Field Museum’s COVID-19 Attendance Policy.

Find the perfect camp option

Earth’s Story by the Drop

Date Theme One week Two weeks
    June 20–July 1 CLOSED --
$900 per camper, $800 members
    July 11–22 CLOSED Earth’s Story by the Drop --
$900 per camper, $800 members
    August 1–5  CLOSED Jurassic Oceans (4-5) $500 per camper, $450 members --
    August 8–12 CLOSED Wild Color (4-5) $500 per camper, $450 members --
    August 15–19 CLOSED Jurassic Oceans (4-5) $500 per camper, $450 members --


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