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Backyard Explorers: A Virtual Summer Camp
(with hands-on desert kit!)

For kids ages 5-10 (Content is targeted to this age range but kids younger or older are welcome to attend! Younger children might need more hands-on help from a caregiver)

Virtual Camper exploring their backyard

What's in the kit

Join us for a week of virtual desert fun with Desert museum staff, animals, and other fellow campers! You’ll meet live animals, make and share desert arts and crafts, explore science in your daily lives, and make new discoveries around your own home, backyard, or neighborhood. Ask questions and share answers with a social cohort of campers as you interact with experts! Live online camp sessions will run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, with suggested activities to do on your own on Tuesday and Thursday.

Each registration includes a camp kit of desert materials (seeds, minerals, etc), a nature journal, activity sheets and coloring book, and other craft supplies that will guide all activities. Kits will be available for pickup at a central Tucson location the week before camp, or can be mailed to your home for an additional fee. (Deliveries only within the continental United States)


If cancellation is made more than 5 days in advance, payments will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. Partial refunds can be made within 5 days for 50% of camp registration. Full refund on kit/s not mailed. No refunds on kit/s already mailed.


$125 per household
Desert Museum and Coati Kids Club Members:
$100 per household


SOLD OUT Session 1: June 8th-12th, 2020
SOLD OUT Session 2: June 22nd-26th, 2020
SOLD OUT Session 3: July 6th-10th, 2020
Monday, Wednesday and Friday


9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (MST)

All summer camps are full.

Virtual Camper at their laptop
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