Closure Update due to COVID-19

We are committed to providing our visitors with safe and enjoyable visits, and it is for this reason the museum interior remains closed under the state's supervision. Heritage Park, the nine-acre outdoor exhibit area, and the Museum's Retail Store are now open daily, from 9 am to 4 pm. Learn more.

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Camp FAQ’s

What should my child bring to camp?

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Nut-free lunch (doesn’t require refrigeration)
  • Nut-free snack (optional)
  • Hat (optional)
  • Sunscreen (optional)

All materials are supplied with the camp registration; however, campers may periodically be asked to bring something from home such as a leaf or an empty two-liter soda bottle if they have it.

Campers should wear comfortable clothes that they can move around in and good sturdy shoes they can play in without hurting their feet.

We encourage campers to leave toys, cell phones, money and other personal items at home so they do not become misplaced or damaged; the museum is not responsible for any damages or losses that occur. Campers may not buy items from the gift shop during camp hours unless their parent or guardian is present.

What does your ‘No Nuts’ policy entail?

Due to the prevalence and severity of allergies among our campers, the Museum has a strict ‘NO NUTS’ policy. With every camper's safety in mind, campers may not bring any nut products (tree nuts or peanuts) in their lunches or snacks and all planned activities throughout every camp session will not include nuts. Food items that are listed as being processed in a facility that also processes tree nuts and/or that may contain trace amounts of nuts are allowed so long as the camper bringing the item themselves is not allergic. Campers who accidentally bring nuts or nut products to camp will be offered a replacement lunch or snack item.

Will my camper go off-site during the camp?

During winter, spring, and holiday camps, campers may walk to Manzano Mesa Park but otherwise are on-site at the museum the duration of the camp. During the summer, campers may attend a field trip, visit the Manzano Mesa Community Center Spray Pad, or walk to the nearby park.

Can I stay with my child during camp?

Most children do just fine without a parent present. Children are usually much more independent with their exploration and creativity when parents afford them the opportunity to learn on their own with their peers. If you feel your child’s situation warrants and exception, please contact the Director of Education (505-245-2137 ext. 101).

Please keep in mind that all camp staff have experience and an interest in working with children and will strive to make our camps the best experience possible for your child. If an issue or concern should arise with your child, the instructor or Camp Director will call a parent.

Do you offer before- and after-camp childcare?

During summer camps parents may purchase camp care for their camper for $35.00 per week.

Full-day camps (1st – 7th grade) run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Before care is available from 7:30-8:30 am and after-care from 3:30-5:30 pm.

Half-day camps (Pre-K (4-year-olds) and Kindergarteners) run from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Before care is available from 7:30-8:30 am and after-care from 11:30 am-12:00 noon for the half-day camps.

Additional charges will apply if pick up is later than the designated time (5:30 pm or 12:00 pm)

*Before and after-care is available for a fee of $35.00/week, no matter your camper’s use. If you need one or both of these options for one or more days during the week, please purchase this at registration or prior to the start of camp.

My child is too old to attend camp. Can they volunteer?

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History accepts students aged 14 (going into the 9th grade) and older to be volunteers for our camp programs. Volunteers for our single-day winter, spring and holiday camps must have experience with our week-long summer camps before volunteering. Applications for summer camp volunteers are available in mid-February each year for the following summer. Spots are competitive and fill quickly and interviews for applicants are held in April. We encourage those interested to apply early. Both new and returning volunteers must attend an interview for summer camp placement consideration. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator (245-2137, ext. 122, or jdavis@nuclearmuseum.org) for more information about volunteer opportunities with camp.

How soon should I register my child for camp?

Camps are filled on a first-come, first served basis. Full-day camp sessions are limited to 15-20 campers. Half-day camps are limited to 10 campers. Parents should register their children as soon as they feel comfortable that they can make a commitment for the day, as there is a fee per camp for canceling a registration.

Cancellation Policy

  • If a cancellation is received more than 5 weeks before the camp, a refund will be issued for the registration fee paid, minus a processing fee of $25.00.
  • If a cancellation is received between 5 weeks and one week before the camp, a refund will be issued for the registration fee paid, minus a cancellation fee of 20%
  • Camp registrations cancelled less than two weeks prior to the start of a camp will not be refunded.
  • Refunds are not available for missed camp days and no partial registrations will be offered.
  • The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History reserves the right to open or close a section of camp based on demand. Should a camp be cancelled, registration fees will be refunded in full.

When does camp information come out each year?

Generally, winter, spring and holiday camp registration is available through our website eight to ten weeks in advance of camps. Summer camp registration information will be publicized in mid-February.

Who are the people working with my child?

  • The Camp Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the camp. They assist the instructors, help set up activities, arrange field trips and are almost always available to speak to parents before or after camp.
  • Instructors are teachers, museum educators or professionals in the field. Instructors are responsible for the educational presentations and activities during the camp. In some instances, instructors are college students studying to be teachers.
  • Counselors and junior counselors are high school or college aged students with an interest in working with children and science.
  • All staff and volunteers are interviewed before being placed with the Science is Everywhere Camp. Instructors must agree to and pass a background investigation before they can be employed.