A Day in the Life of Camp

A group of campers are using hand lenses to examine large pine cones and other items from nature.

Sample Schedule

9:00 a.m.

Check-in and drop-off

Opening Circle – A group check-in, learning review, and daily schedule

Morning camp content exploration activity

Snack and break time at the Outdoor Nature Lab

Daily fun group activity 

11:30 a.m.

Lunch and break time outdoors with sports equipment, board games, and nature lab materials

Downtime indoors with books, building, board games, crafts, and much more

12:20 p.m.

Afternoon camp content exploration activity.

Snack and break time at Forces That Shape the Bay, our interactive, outdoor science park

Science center exhibit activity

Closing Circle – A group reflection, learning review, social-emotional check-in, and preview of what’s next

3:50 p.m.

Check-out and pick up

A Day in the Life of Camp

Every day starts with a welcome and warm-up. Once campers have arrived, they head into designated program spaces for opening circles, our way of checking in and framing the day. Then campers dive into activities like scientific explorations, investigations, and/or engineering and creating. Activities vary based on programming for the specific day. Days may include exploring the Outdoor Nature Lab, investigating Forces that Shape the Bay, or visiting other exhibits at The Lawrence. 

Lunch and snack breaks are outdoors in the Outdoor Nature Lab (lunch and snacks are not provided). The lunch period begins with a designated time for eating, followed by cleanup and free time. Campers can choose between playing and using sports equipment on the grass, borrowing materials to explore the walking trails and plants, and playing board games at the picnic tables. Upon returning from lunch, campers all enjoy some downtime for socialization, board games, and other crafts and puzzles in the program space before jumping back into content.

Afternoon programming will continue scientific activities and include time in other exhibits like the 3D Theater, Outdoor Nature Lab, Animal Discovery Zone, Planetarium, or Forces that Shape the Bay. Every day concludes with a closing circle addressing content and social-emotional reflections, checking out, and building excitement for the next day.


Camp programs are two-week sessions for campers to explore content more deeply, build a better sense of community among their peers, and thoroughly enjoy all the science center offers. Sessions run June 3 through August 16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., except for national holidays.