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Homelearners – Paleontology 101 & Courtenay Fossil Dig (all ages/grades)
Dates:
September 15 & 22 2021 (10-11:30, 10 AM-1 PM)
Location:

Bowen Park + Courtenay & District Museum

Age Range:
6+
Description:

Ready to learn about dinosaurs on Vancouver Island?

September 15 (Bowen Park) – Introduction to the study of paleontology. Students will learn about the tools and methods used by paleontologists, review the rock cycle and how fossils are formed, and discuss which species have been found on Vancouver Island. This session will be approximately 90 minutes long (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM).

September 22 (Courtenay & District Museum) – 10:00 AM tour of the museum (45 minutes), families will then drive to the dig site (about 15 minutes away). Our dig will be guided by a curator from the museum who will be on hand to identify findings, and will last up to 2 hours (ending at 1:00 PM)

 

Content covered in this program will address some curricular points in the Earth/Space science curriculum.

Transportation is not provided – families must travel from the museum to the dig site independently.

Prices:

$45 per participant (Parents taking part in the dig are welcome to attend the preliminary workshop – parents are required to register as participants)

This program may be paid using allotment fees by arrangement with Nanaimo Science.

Science Lab: STEM Exploration (Daily Summer Camps)
Dates:
Daily from July 5th - September 3rd, All camps run 9am-3pm, Stay and Play is NOT available for this camp.
Location:

Nanaimo Science’s Pop up Studio, Country Club Mall, 3200 North Island Highway, Nanaimo, BC

Age Range:
6-12
Description:

Build, create, & discover with Nanaimo Science! Every day, we will be taking on new STEM activities with our scientists. This indoor-based camp is available for individual day registrations available July and August. Lunch/recess will be held outdoors when weather permits, which will include a walk to Long Lake (approximately 15 minutes each way, on side roads).

Prices:

$65/day

Science in the Park
Dates:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays in July and August from 10am - noon
Location:

Various City of Nanaimo Parks

Age Range:
All ages welcome, parent participation required
Description:

Come EXPLORE local parks and protected areas with Nanaimo Science’s outreach educators this summer! Explore Nanaimo’s diverse habitats with nature hikes, explorations of local flora and fauna, science games & art projects. No registration needed but we will have a contact tracing sheet to sign in with.

Prices:

Free

Inquiry Summer Camps!
Dates:
Weekly from July 12th - August 23rd, All camps run 9am-3pm
Location:

Island ConnectEd School | 4355 Jingle Pot Road, Nanaimo, BC

Age Range:
8-12
Description:

Inquiry Summer Camps are perfect for kids aged 8-12. Camp themes vary by week, please see each week specifically to see if it is right for your child.

July 12-16: Space Camp!
July 19-23: LEGO Robotics
July 26-30: Tech Camp!

August 9-13: Building Bonanza!
August 16-20: LEGO Robotics
August 23-27: Tech Camp!

Prices:

5-Day camps are priced at $300 per week (taxes waived).
4-Day camps are priced at $240 per week (taxes waived).

Curiosity Summer Camps!
Dates:
Weekly from July 5th - August 30th, All camps run 9am-3pm
Location:

Island ConnectEd School | 4355 Jingle Pot Road, Nanaimo, BC

Age Range:
6-8, or All Ages
Description:

Curiosity Summer Camps are perfect for kids aged 6-8. Certain weeks we will tailor programs to include content for ages 6-12, please see each week specifically to see if it is right for your child.

July 5-9: LEGO (Ages 6-8) / Nano Camp (Ages 6-12)
July 12-16: Jr. Building Bonanza! (Ages 6-8)
July 19-23: Grossology! (Ages 6-12)
July 26-30: Jr. Space Camp! (Ages 6-8)

August 3-6: LEGO! (Ages 6-8) / Girls Camp – Women in STEM (Ages 6-12)
August 9-13: Jr. Tech Camp! (Ages 6-8)
August 16-20: Creepy, Crawly, & Critters (Ages 6-8)
August 23- 27: Catch a Wave! (Ages 6-12)
August 30- Sept 3: LEGO! (Ages 6-12)

Prices:

5-Day camps are priced at $300 per week (taxes waived).
4-Day camps are priced at $240 per week (taxes waived).

Wandering School (Biology) – Grades 3&4 (Mondays)
Dates:
Mondays 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sept 27, Oct 4, 18, Nov 1, 8 & 15 2021
Location:

Various location throughout Nanaimo

Age Range:
Kindergarten to Grade 2
Description:

Join us for our Wandering School scheduled to start the week of September 27th!  These outdoor sessions will be held at different local parks and places each week, with curated activities based on the environment and species in each location.

This 6-week series will have young and older learners explore key biology themes and the relationships different species have with one another and with the environment.

Students will focus on biodiversity and connections between different organisms, including human’s relationship with the environment.

Prices:

$150 for 6 weeks of classes

Wandering School (Biology) – Grade 5-7 (Mondays)
Dates:
Mondays 12:30 - 2:00 PM Sept 27, Oct 4, 18, Nov 1, 8 & 15 2021
Location:

Various location throughout Nanaimo

Age Range:
Kindergarten to Grade 2
Description:

Join us for our Wandering School scheduled to start the week of September 27th!  These outdoor sessions will be held at different local parks and places each week, with curated activities based on the environment and species in each location.

This 6-week series will have young and older learners explore key biology themes and the relationships different species have with one another and with the environment.

Students will focus on specializations of organisms that help them adapt to their environment, biological systems, and natural selection.  Students will also be asked to record data throughout the program, including surveying, making a variety of measurements (such as heights using basic trigonometry) and calculating averages.

Prices:

$135 for 6 weeks of classes

Wandering School (Biology) – Kindergarten-Grade 2 (Mondays)
Dates:
Mondays 9:00 - 10:00 AM Sept 27, Oct 4, 18, Nov 1, 8 & 15 2021
Location:

Various location throughout Nanaimo

Age Range:
Kindergarten to Grade 2
Description:

Join us for our Wandering School scheduled to start the week of September 27th!  These outdoor sessions will be held at different local parks and places each week, with curated activities based on the environment and species in each location.

This 6-week series will have young and older learners explore key biology themes and the relationships different species have with one another and with the environment.

Included in the cost of the program, students will receive a copy of “We are all connected: The Earth, We Share” as a reference book, and as a guide for our weekly activities.

Prices:

$135 for 6 weeks of classes

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

To help ensure social distancing, Nanaimo Science is:

  • offering smaller class/camp sizes
  • increasing the ratio of Leaders to children for greater supervision
  • removing all shared items and providing individual activities for children
  • instituting rigorous hand-washing, cleaning and sanitizing
  • planning outdoor time and a balance of learning and recreation that will help children ease back into educational activities
  • Children must be healthy to attend all activities with Nanaimo Science – any child exhibiting signs of sickness, fever, or cough/sneezing will be sent home, as will their siblings.

Please check out our full Nanaimo Science Safety Plan for all details.  Policies may vary slightly due to different locations for camps.

Students must wear masks at all times while indoors during camp and other Nanaimo Science Activities.  All Nanaimo Science staff members will also be wearing masks.

Questions regarding our COVID-19 practices and Safety Plan may be directed to Outreach@nanaimoscience.org

Prices

For full day programs such as March Break Camps: $60/student per day (taxes waived)

For other programs please see the price listed in their information blurb.

Stay & Play

For certain programs, “Stay&Play Camp” time will be available.  This optional time will be from 3-5pm. at an additional cost of $15 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: 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. Programs cancelled less than one week prior to the start date due to unforeseen reasons (including but not limited to weather conditions or site safety) will be rescheduled or fees will be refunded as credit towards another program.

Withdrawals/Refund must be requested in writing more than two weeks prior to the program start date. Any withdrawals or changes will be subject to a $10 administrative fee. There are NO REFUNDS given for withdrawals requested less than two weeks prior to the first day of a registered program or at any time during the program. Pro-rated refunds are NOT available for days absent from a registered 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). 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.

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!