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Intriguing Insects
Dates:
September 19, 2022 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Location:

Beaufort Food Forest

Age Range:
Kindergarten - Grade 3
Description:

Come join us for an exciting session of intriguing insects happening this September! In this workshop, your budding entomologist will get to learn about a variety of insects, from pollinators to predators.

Prices:

$15

Brilliant Birds
Dates:
September 12, 2022 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Location:

Buttertubs Marsh

Age Range:
Kindergarten - Grade 3
Description:

Students will participate in hands-on activities, take part in crafts that illustrate various aspects of bird physiology, and learn about the lives of birds.

Prices:

$15

FREE Drop In & Information session about Fall homeschool programs
Dates:
Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location:

Nanaimo Science Studio @ Country Club Mall

Age Range:
Kindergarten - High School
Description:

Come learn about the upcoming programs at Nanaimo Science for your homelearner or distributed learning student!

We will be open between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM for parents of Kindergarten to Grade 7 students to come by and learn about our programs with our Outreach Coordinator, while kids keep busy with some free science activities.  High School parents can join us between 1:00 and 2:30 PM for a similar session and a chance for high schoolers to check out our Micro:Bit computers.

Prices:

FREE!

“Cool Chemistry” STEM Exploration Camps (daily, all-ages)
Dates:
June 27-30 (Aspengrove), July 18-22 (daily camps, choose the dates that you need!)
Location:

Nanaimo Science @ Country Club Centre

Age Range:
6-12
Description:

Join us for a day, a few days, or the full week!  This week’s theme is “Cool Chemistry!” Kids will take part in a variety of chemistry activities depending on the day they attend. From learning about the states of matter, to how soaps are made, kids will enjoy mixing solutions and checking out reactions!

Daily outdoor time during lunch/recess and additional fun activities will help round out our days.

Families can register for whichever days they need  – content will be related, but not carried-over or repeated during this week!

Prices:

$70 per day

“Super Space” STEM Exploration Camps (daily, all-ages)
Dates:
June 20-24 (Aspengrove), Aug 8-12 (daily camps, choose the dates that you need!)
Location:

Nanaimo Science @ Country Club Centre

Age Range:
6-12
Description:

Join us for a day, a few days, or the full week!  This week’s theme is “Super Space”. Kids will learn about our solar system, constellations, and phases of the moon. They’ll explore the International Space Station and work on building a model of the Canadarm!

Daily outdoor time during lunch/recess and additional fun activities will help round out our days.

Families can register for whichever days they need  – content will be related, but not carried-over or repeated during this week!

Prices:

$70 per day

Creepy Crawly Critters Camp (week-long/daily, all-ages)
Dates:
July 18-22 (week-long) or Aug 2-5 (daily version)
Age Range:
6-12
Description:

We will be exploring the Kingdom of Animals!  Learn about all sorts of creatures, including insects, birds, mammals, and more!   Campers will enjoy pond dipping for macroinvertebrates, craft creature homes, and explore animal adaptations.

Daily outdoor time during lunch/recess and additional fun activities will help round out our days.

Prices:

$328 for full week, or $70 for daily camp

Hands-on Science Camp (week-long, all-ages)
Dates:
July 11-15, or Aug 8-12, 2022
Age Range:
6-12
Description:

Is your kid a engineer in the making? This camp will be filled with building challenges, learning about how to plan and construct different structures, and testing out a variety of building materials!

Daily outdoor time during lunch/recess and additional fun activities will help round out our days.

Prices:

$328

Exploratory Camp – Bits & Bots (week-long, 8-12 yrs)
Dates:
July 11-15, or Aug 15-19, 2022
Age Range:
8-12
Description:

Our newest offering of coding camp! Campers will learning programming concepts through different platforms, including Scratch, Micro:bits, Edison robots, and more!  These camps will teach the fundamentals such as variables, loops, conditional statements, etc. – more advanced programmers can work at their own pace with our equipment.

Daily outdoor time during lunch/recess and additional fun activities will help round out our days.

Prices:

$328

LEGO Robotics Camp (week-long, all-ages)
Dates:
Every week July 4 - Sept 2, 2022!
Location:

Nanaimo Science @ Country Club Centre

Age Range:
6-12
Description:

Join us for an amazing time filled with building, coding, and having fun!

Campers will begin with LEGO WeDo sets to learn the basics of LEGO Robotics, then graduate to Extension or Boost sets.
Experienced LEGO builders (children who have completed LEGO camps with us in the past) may begin at the Boost or Mindstorms levels.

Daily outdoor time during lunch/recess and additional fun activities will help round out our days.

Prices:

$328

Minecraft Camp (week-long, all-ages)
Dates:
June 27-30, July 4-8, July 25-29, or Aug 22-26
Age Range:
6-12
Description:

Our brand-new Minecraft camp will have kids exploring the world of Minecraft!   From exploring GPS coordinates and geological features, to learning about animals that feature in the game – this camp will bring to life the science behind the world in Minecraft.  Minecraft-themed crafts will also be part of the camp. Kids will enjoy some game-time too every day in a non-competitive “creative” mode.

Daily outdoor time during lunch/recess and additional fun activities will help round out our days.

Prices:

$328

Typical Daily Schedule
9:00am
Drop-off and free play
9:30am
Introduction
9:45am
Activity
10:00am
Snack (outdoor time dependent on location)
10:30am
Activity
12:00pm
Lunch (outdoor time)
12:45pm
Activity
2:45pm
Clean-up and pack-up
3:00pm
Pick-up time
Safety Policies

Ratios are no more than 10 campers to 1 Camp Leader. Camp Leaders work in pairs, additional Leaders and volunteer teenagers do not count towards our ratios.

Camp Leaders have had criminal records checks, and must be fully vaccinated. At least one of each pair of leaders will have active first aid certification.

All participants must be in good health to take part in programs. Please contact us if your child is sick.

Questions may be directed to info@nanaimoscience.org

Prices

5-Day camps are priced at $328 per week (taxes waived).
4-Day camps are priced at $263 per week (taxes waived).
Individual Day Camps (when offered) are $70 per day (taxes waived).

Stay & Play

For certain programs, “Stay & Play Time” time will be available.  This optional time will be from 3-5pm. at an additional cost of $20 per day per child.  Pre-registration is required online. Registration is available by the day, you do not need to register for the whole week.

Please note:

  • Stay & Play is only open to children registered in the program offered that day.
  • Limited spaces are available.
  • Stay & Play will be cancelled if there are no registrants one week prior to the start of camp.
Program Policies

Participation: At Nanaimo Science, we offer a variety of activities to support learning and exploration for all children. If you have questions about whether a program is right for your child, please contact us. We are committed to working with families to reduce barriers to participation wherever possible.

Nanaimo Science reserves the right to expel any participant, without refund of fees, who behaves inappropriately, is disruptive to other participants, volunteers or staff, or becomes a danger to themselves or others.

Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refunds:

Customer cancellations or changes must be requested in writing.  Any change will be subject to a $25 administrative fee for each child/registration.
Cancellations/withdrawals requests submitted 14 days or more prior to the program start will be eligible for a full refund, less the administrative fee.
Cancellations/withdrawals requests submitted 7-13 days prior to the program start will be eligible for a 50% refund, less the administrative fee.
Cancellations/withdrawals requests with less than 7 days notice will not be eligible for any refund.
There are no pro-rated program fees for days absent from a registered program.
Nanaimo Science reserves the right to cancel a program one week prior to the start date, and will refund all fees for a cancelled program.

Punctuality: Nanaimo Science will not assume responsibility for children before or after camp or after “Stay & Play” if a child has been pre-registered for “Stay & Play” (when available).  “Stay & Play” is only available for week-long camps during the Summer.  A $25 late pick-up fee may be charged. Repeated late pick-ups can result in cancelled participation without refund.

Images/Media: Photos and videos taken during summer camps are used for Nanaimo Science promotional materials, publications and advertisements. Please note, we never publish children’s names. Parents/guardians may request no photos or videos be taken of their children.
Please also be aware that because we will use Google Drive and Google Photo to store photos, and because Google stores data outside of Canada, the photos would be subject to Google’s data management and privacy policies, not protected by Canadian privacy legislation,  and may be accessed by the foreign government/s in accordance with its/their laws (see this site for more information).

Hey Parents!

Nanaimo Science offers a wide range of activities aimed at children from infancy to Grade 7.  Check out our school break camps, Pro-D day camps and workshops, and Homeschool supports!