Camp Hancock
Fossil, OR

Whether it's seeing million-year old fossils embedded in the cliffs of the Clarno Palisades, polishing thundereggs, or counting shooting stars streaking across the desert night sky, a week at Camp Hancock puts adventure at the forefront of your summer. 


A Few of Our Camps for Grades 2–12
  • Junior Survival 
    Grades 2–3
    Learn the basics in desert survival camp! Build shelters, safely forage for food and water, and more. 
  • High Desert Rookie Camp 
    Grades 2-3, 4-5
    Exciting camp adventures await at this three-day rookie camp designed for younger campers. 
  • Fossils & Geology
    Grades 4–5
    There's no better place than world-famous fossil beds to travel back in time through the geologic record to unlock Central Oregon's past. 
  • Paleontology Field Study
    Grades 6–8
    Make your mark on paleontology as you learn from experts about the mammals and plants of ancient Oregon.
  • Desert Documentary Explorers
    Grades 6–8
    Lights, Camera, Action! Get an introduction to documentary filmmaking based in the high desert.
  • Master Astronomers 
    Grades 9–12
    Explore some of the darkest and clearest skies in Oregon with new telescopes, travel to planetariums and observatories, learn to navigate and photograph the universe, and meet professional astronomers.

A Day in the Life

  1. Eat
    Breakfast and dinner are served family style inside of Berrie Hall, with each camper choosing where they want to sit.  The exception is lunch, where campers eat a bag lunch that they packed earlier that morning while they are out adventuring during the day. Campers will also have the chance to eat one meal a week outside at an all-camp cook out!  Hancock is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. 
  2. Learn
    No matter what camp you're taking, every action-packed adventure is better with brain power. We take a traditional summer camp approach and turn it on its head by weaving in themes of adventure, science, exploration, and community into daily life. We believe that every child deserves the chance to be outdoors and learn new things in a safe and inclusive community. Our experiential, concept-based style of teaching is effective, nurturing, inspiring, and memorable.   
  3. Play
    While at Camp Hancock, campers have many opportunities to meet new friends, explore new areas, and go on many adventures! All-camp cookouts, chuck wagon breakfasts, The Golden Dustpan Award, and the possibility of sleeping under the stars are all part of the summer camp experience at Hancock.
  4. Sleep
    Cabin life is essential to any memorable camp experience! Campers stay in individual cabins that sleep 6-8 campers. Each cabin also has 1-2 counselors. The cabins all have comfortable mattresses and are a short walk away from the bathroom/shower house, which has individual toilet and shower stalls.

OMSI Camp Hancock in Fossil, Oregon

Wondering what adventures await at camp? Here's your sneak peek.


All-in adventure, all week long

OMSI Summer Camp is where friendships are forged and memories are made. 

Registration opens January 15, 2020

Site Information Packet

Our Camp Staff

At OMSI summer camp, you’re learning from the best. Our camp staff has decades of experience, a passion for all-areas of science and the outdoors, wilderness and survival certifications (and they’re fun, too!)


Within the world-famous fossil beds of John Day National Monument and the juniper sage grasslands and desert valleys of Central Oregon, Hancock Field Station hosts OMSI's overnight summer camps and outdoor education programs. 

At-a-Glance Schedule

So much to see and do, all summer long! With the help of this at-a-glance schedule, you won’t miss your chance to find your adventure friends. 

Outdoor School

During the fall and spring, Hancock Field Station is the desert home to OMSI's outdoor education programs and Outdoor School. Students gain hands on outdoor experience while making new friends, creating new memories and exploring Oregon’s diverse ecosystems.