Summer Explorers

Summer Explorers 2017 registration is now open! 

Experience science first-hand through a variety of discovery-based programs each summer for children ages 4 to 14 and families. All classes are taught by trained staff. Please contact the education department at (405) 325-1008 for more information or for accommodations on the basis of disability. Don’t miss out! 

Be sure to check out our summer family programs and Scout workshops!

Age 4, with an adult

New this spring! Our 4 year-old programs have changed to a once-a-month format.

Cost: $15 for members, $25 for non-members

Name that Dinosaur
Friday, June 2, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

How many dinosaurs can you name? Discover what ancient creatures roamed Oklahoma through games, songs, crafts and lots of fun for you and your little one! Name that Dinosaur is an indoor program.

Deadline to register is May 24. 

Animal Adventures
Monday, July 3, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Bugs and birds and bears… oh my! Explore the world of wildlife through games, songs and crafts as you and your little one learn about different types of animals and what makes them special. Animal Adventures is an indoor program.

Deadline to register is June 21. 

Ages 5 to 6

Cost: $60 for members, $70 for non-members

Pond Explorers
June 5-9, 8 to 10 a.m.

Get your feet wet! Find out what is living in the water as we explore different ponds around Norman. Pond Explorers is an outdoor program.

Bugs and Slugs
June 12-16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Program full, wait list only. 

They’re in the air, in the water and even under your feet! Get ready to get dirty as we burrow into Norman parks for everything that’s creepy, crawly and cool! Bugs and Slugs is an outdoor program.

Nature Explorers
June 19-23, 8 to 10 a.m.

Do you know what’s living in our local parks, ponds and streams? Join us as we explore parks in Norman to search for plants and animals of every color, size and shape. Nature Explorers is an outdoor program.

Cool Critters
June 26-30, 8 to 10 a.m.

Wildlife comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  Discover the different kinds of critters that live in the world and search for a new one each day! Cool Critters is an outdoor program.

Scat: What's That??
July 10-14, 8 to 10 a.m.

What’s the scoop on animal poop? Why does it happen and why do we study it? Can you really track an animal using what it leaves behind? Join us as we explore the science of scat. Scat: What’s That?? is an indoor program.

Creature Features
July 17-21, 8 to 10 a.m.

Why do skunks smell so funky? What makes a vulture vomit? How do butterflies ward off predators? We’ll explore the strange, impressive and totally cool ways that animals defend themselves. Creature Features is an indoor program.

Animal Babies
July 17-21, 2 to 4 p.m.

Get ready to grow up wild! Learn about your favorite baby animals and the different ways they survive. Animal Babies is an indoor program.

Dinosaur Detectives
July 24-28, 8 to 10 a.m.
Program is full, wait list only. 

Are you on the hunt for fossils? Explore fossils of all shapes and sizes as we investigate dinosaurs and their relatives, just like paleontologists do! Dinosaur Detectives is an indoor program.

July 24-28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Are you ready for gross science? We will explore awesome and weird sciences and conduct the coolest, craziest experiments. Join us and become an expert in grossology. Grossology is an indoor program.

Ages 7 to 8

Cost: $60 for members, $70 for non-members

Wild Wonders
June 5-9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Have you ever thought about how many wild and wonderful animals are right in your backyard? We’ll explore different habitats to discover what kinds of wild wonders are living all around us! Wild Wonders is an outdoor program.

Down in the Dirt
June 12-16, 8 to 10 a.m.

Be a soil scientist! Explore the world under our feet and find out why life underground is so sweet! Join us as we dig the day away and explore worms, insects, snails and the difference between dirt and soil. Down in the Dirt is an outdoor program.

Slime and Scales I
June 19-23, 2 to 4 p.m.

Spot a slippery salamander or touch a tiny turtle! We’ll study scaly and slimy animals in their natural habitat and learn how to safely catch and handle them. Slime and Scales I is an outdoor program.

Creepy Crawlies
June 26-30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Do you like creatures that give others the creepy crawlies? Join us as we study animals that slither, creep and crawl! Creepy Crawlies is an outdoor program.

Space Cadets
July 10-14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Calling all astronomers!  Join us for a camp that is out of this world. What is a shooting star? How do rockets get all the way to outer space? Become a space cadet and find out! Space Cadets is an indoor program.

Cool Cretaceous Creatures
July 17-21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hang out with some of the greatest dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era! Join us for a journey back through time to the peak of the dinosaur age. Cool Cretaceous Creatures is an indoor program.

Weird and Wacky Science
July 24-28, 2 to 4 p.m.

We’ll create concoctions, make gooey ooze and try out exciting experiments! Join us as we see what happens when science gets wacky! Weird and Wacky Science is an indoor program.

Ages 9 to 11

Cost: $60 for members, $70 for non-members

Stream Sleuths
June 5-9, 2 to 4 p.m.

Are you crazy about creeks? Have you ever wondered what water looks like under a microscope or what bugs can tell you about a stream? We will use our detective skills to solve the mysteries of Norman’s streams. Stream Sleuths is an indoor and outdoor program.

Get Lost
June 12-16, 2 to 4 p.m.
Program full, wait list only. 

Would you know what to do if you got lost? Be prepared to get down and dirty as we learn to use a compass, build a fire and search for shelter. Get Lost is an outdoor program.

Slime and Scales II
June 19-23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Explore the daily lives of reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitats. We’ll learn how to safely catch and handle these interesting animals, plus how and why we should protect them. Slime and Scales II is an outdoor program.

Ologist: Behind the Scenes
July 10-14, 2 to 4 p.m.

What really goes on behind the scenes at the museum? We will meet scientists, artists and exhibit developers to find out how they work together to create the exhibits you see when you visit your favorite museums! Ologist: Behind the Scenes is an indoor program.

Ages 12 to 14

Cost: $60 for members, $70 for non-members

Herpetology Up Close
June 26-30, 2 to 4, p.m.

Want to learn more about reptiles and amphibians? Join us as we observe things that jump, slither and crawl in the field and explore behind the scenes with our museum herpetology collection. Take an in-depth look at these fascinating animals in this exciting, hands-on class! Herpetology Up Close is an indoor and outdoor program.


Space is limited and advance registration is required. To register, please pay online or call the education department at (405) 325-1008. Participants are required to bring any forms sent via confirmation email on or before the first day of the program. Registration for all classes closes the week before the class is due to begin, provided the class hasn't filled early. 

Outdoor Classes

These classes will take place in the best classroom of all: the great outdoors! We will meet at the museum and travel in vans to local parks. Booster seats are provided for children 8 and under and are available for children over age 8 upon request of parents/guardians. Participants should be dressed to get wet and must bring a water bottle.

Indoor Classes

These classes will stay on-site: exploring the amazing galleries, collections and outdoor spaces at the museum!


Each youth participant will receive one Summer Explorers T-shirt each summer. Please indicate your size when you register. Note: Scout and Family program prices do not include a T-shirt for participants.


Limited financial assistance is available for families who qualify. To apply, please submit a copy of your free or reduced lunch award letter to the education department.

Phone: (405) 325-1008

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