Hancock Field Station
Fossil, Oregon

2022 Summer Camp Update: 

OMSI has successfully run day camps throughout the pandemic, and we will continue to apply this knowledge and expertise in summer 2022. Camps will be available in small stable groups and offer subjects like dinosaur hunting, astronomy, animation, science of soccer and more.

We are keeping the needs of our community top of mind and are closely monitoring how state guidelines will impact your students’ summer camp plans. 

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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. 

Drop off and pick up your overnight campers at OMSI’s Water Ave site in Portland.

A Few of Our Camps for Grades 2–12:


  • Junior Survival 
    Grades 2–3
    Each survival expert starts somewhere. Learn the basics in desert survival camp! Build shelters, safely forage for food and water, carve soap, and more.
  • Fossils and Geology
    Grades 4–5
    Ancient jungles, volcanoes, and beasts! Puzzle out prehistoric mysteries, polish a thunderegg, and learn alongside other budding fossil-lovers.
  • Master Astronomers
    Grades 9–12
    Explore some of Oregon's darkest and clearest skies with new telescopes, travel to planetariums and observatories, learn to photograph the universe, and meet professional astronomers.

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.

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.

All-in adventure, all week long. OMSI Summer Camp is where friendships are forged and memories are made. 

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.

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