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Nature Explorers: Cycles Galore

About the Camp

How do caterpillars turn into butterflies? Why do trees lose their leaves each year? Where does water go after it rains? What do plants need in order to grow? By exploring the cycles of nature, campers will unlock mysteries of the world around them. Campers will get the chance to dive into lab experiments to discover the science behind natural phenomena, and they'll also get hands-on experience as they search for these phenomena in the great outdoors. Come and explore with us!

Note: Two sessions of this camp are being offered this year. Both sessions will provide essentially the same content so campers are encouraged to only attend one of the sessions. 


Dates: July 17-21, 2023 & July 24-28, 2023

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: University Park 

Grades: Students entering grades 2-4 in Fall 2023

Camp fees and registration:  

  • Register by March 19: $365
  • Register March 20 or later: $395

Lunch and Snacks: Activity breaks will be taken each day to allow kids to eat their peanut free snacks that they brought from home. Campers should pack a peanut free lunch Monday through Thursday. PIzza will be provided on Friday.

Extended Care: Two sessions of extended care are offered for campers entering grades 2–8, and the cost is $30 per week for the morning (7:45 a.m.–9:00 a.m.) session, $30 per week for the afternoon (4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.) session, or $50 per week for both morning and afternoon extended care. Extended care is not offered the first morning or last afternoon sessions of camp. Extended care takes place on campus and exact locations will be communicated to registered parents each week.

Parents must register their children for extended care when registering for camps online. However, parents may also add extended care closer to the camp start date by contacting the Office of Science Outreach.


Contact us via email at or give us a call at (814) 865-0083.

 Office of Science Outreach, 201 Ritenour Building, University Park, PA 16802

For more information, please see Information for Parents from the Penn State Office of Ethics and Compliance.