Camps + Classes

Summer 2024 Registration

Registration for OMSI’s fun-filled summer camps and classes is officially open!  Whether your student wants to program LEGO robots, whitewater raft, gaze up at the stars, or anything in between, they will thrive at an OMSI camp. Let your camper imagine, create, explore—and make friends along the way this summer. OMSI summer camp programs take place across the region! From our SE Water Ave Museum, The Oregon Zoo, and Tamarack Elementary School, to Camp Gray at the coast and the Hancock Field Station in the desert. Explore the full catalog of OMSI summer programming and register your camper today!

Please Note: All Summer 2024 Waitlists are now closed. Check up-to-date availability by following the “Register Now!” link.

Labor Day at Hancock Field Station

Join us Labor Day weekend for Family Camp! All ages welcome!

Visit Camp Hancock for a weekend of exploration in the canyons of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and create memories that will last a lifetime. Fill your days with activities led by OMSI instructors; fill your evenings with astronomy and family fun around the campfire. Activities are led by OMSI staff or volunteers. There’s something for everyone out here, and we’re excited to show you around!

Special Member Discount!

Members save on every camp purchase!

Not a member? Buy your camp and membership together today!

 

Summer Day Camps

Explore forensic science, program a LEGO® robot, create animated movies, pilot a drone, care for exotic pets and more at our action-packed day camps and classes in the Portland metro area.

Summer Overnight Camps

Fill their summer with outdoor adventures. Film a documentary, learn desert survival, go rafting, backpack through stunning wilderness areas and more at our overnight camps in the desert and on the coast!

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

Camp Gray

Nestled between the expansive dunes of South Beach and Yaquina Bay, The Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray in Newport has unique access to the thriving ecosystems of the Oregon Coast.

Camp Hancock

Located within one of the world’s most significant fossil sites, the visible geologic record and juniper sage grasslands of Hancock Field Station in Fossil provide a peek into Central Oregon’s past.

Backpacking

Grab your pack and head to the trails with OMSI. This summer, we are offering three trips where you can learn about ecology in the wilderness.

Rafting

What a breathtaking view! We imagine that’s what you’ll say while rafting on the Lower Deschutes River with OMSI.

Summer Camp Financial Aid & Assistance

OMSI is committed to making science-fueled fun available for all in our community. Please inquire about our financial assistance programs. Applications for Summer 2024 have closed.

Two students running chemistry experiments.

Frequently Asked Registration Questions (FAQ’s)

Have questions? We have answers! Explore frequently asked questions. Still have a question? Email us at register@omsi.edu or give us a call at 503.797.4661.

When will registration for Summer 2024 camps open?

Registration is now open for Summer 2024!

Please visit our e-commerce page for registration: https://secure.omsi.edu/camps-and-classes

*Please Note: All Summer 2024 waitlists have closed*

What are the price range for camps?

Day Camps

  • 3-day camps are $295
  • 5-day camps are $495

Overnight Camps

Overnight camps vary in duration and type, which makes the cost of overnight camps vary quite a bit!

  • 3-day overnight camps are $525
  • 5-day overnight camps are $845
  • 5-day rafting camps are $1,300
  • 6-day camps are $1,020
  • 10-day camps are $1,690
  • Camps that are 12-14 days in duration are $2,035

Please email us if you’d like more information on a specific camp at register@omsi.edu.

What grade levels should I look at?

OMSI Summer Camp grade levels are listed for the grade your child will be entering in Fall 2024. Campers are not permitted to enroll outside of their appropriate grade levels. 

What’s the best way to buy or renew a membership and get my discount on summer camp?

Add a membership to your cart after adding your summer camp to your cart and your discount will automatically be added. Note: If you purchase a membership on our ticketing site then go to the camps page your membership may not be available right away. It is better to add to your cart during the camp purchase.

I’m a member but my discount isn’t reflected in my cart. What should I do?

Two options, you can call us at (503) 797-4661 and we can help over the phone. If you can’t reach us by phone in a timely manner and are worried about a session selling out, OMSI can offer retroactive membership discounts via a refund to the original card (As long as your membership is active or renewed within 24 hours).

 

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellations/Refunds:

Requests for withdrawal from camp must be made by the student’s primary contact more than  ten days  prior to the camp start date to receive a full or partial refund minus the $25 non-refundable deposit.

 

  • Any registration canceled with less than ten days’ notice will forfeit the full cost of the camp session.
  • More than 30 days in advance: camp registration will be refunded minus the $25 non-refundable deposit.
  • Within 11–30 days in advance: 50% of camp registration will be refunded minus the $25 non-refundable deposit.

To request a withdrawal, please email register@omsi.edu or call 503.797.4661.

 

NOTE: If minimum program enrollments are not reached or staffing needs are not met, OMSI reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or relocate day/overnight camps. If this occurs, you will be notified at least two weeks before the start of the camp.

What is the transfer policy?

Registration Transfers:

  • Transfers can be requested by the student’s primary contact for a $10 transfer fee. To request a transfer, please email register@omsi.edu or call (503) 797-4661. Please note that registrations are non-transferable between participants.
What is the timing for Daily pick up camps?

Day Camps begin at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday (except for 4th of July week).

What is the timing for Overnight camps?

Most overnight camps begin Monday at 7:00 AM drop off, at OMSI, Portland and conclude Friday at 5:00 PM. Some exceptions include OMSI Ambassadors, Family Camps, and others will be noted on the registration page.

Does OMSI offer before care or after care?

No. Unfortunately, OMSI can not offer before care or after care for Day Camp or Overnight Camp Summer 2024.

Will you have a waitlist for sold out camps?

The waitlist for the 2024 summer camp season is now closed. Please visit our camps website for available camps.