Please note: The manatee habitat is empty as we undergo renovations.

We expect to re-open the habitat and begin caring for manatees again later this Spring.

Museum opening hours: 10am to 4pm Wednesday through Saturday with entry times at 10-11am, 11am-noon, noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm (Last entry at 3pm) | Noon to 5pm on Sunday with entry times at noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm and 3-4pm (Last entry at 4pm) | Closed on Monday and Tuesday

201 10th St. W

Bradenton, FL 34205

Summer Science Camp

Summer Science Camp

Summer Science Camp at The Bishop

Give your kids a summer of fun and adventure with The Bishop’s Summer Science Camp! Curious explorers ages 7-11 can enjoy up to seven weeks of camp with a different science theme each week. Campers will discover exciting topics through games, crafts, experiments, The Bishop’s exhibitions, and other resources.

  • When: Camp runs 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday
  • Where: At The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton, Florida, 34205
  • Cost: Members of the Discovery Society at the Innovator Level and above pay $200 per week. All others pay $250.

Important Things to Know

  • Weekly sessions run June 7 through July 23.
  • Payment in full is due upon registration.
  • Campers must have completed waiver forms before camp begins. Waiver forms can be completed through online registration or by downloading the Registration & Waiver Form.
  • Scholarships are available for eligible campers. Learn more.
  • Registration begins Tuesday, February 23 for former campers and for members of the Discovery Society at the Innovator Level or above. Registration opens to the general public Tuesday, March 2.
  • Registration is open until camps are filled. We keep a waiting list for camps in case there are cancellations.

Please note that registration links will open to the general public on March 2. If you’re a member of the Discovery Society at the Innovator Level and above or a former camper, please call Susan McCarthy at 941-746-4131, ext. 113, or email to register before March 2.

June 7-11: “Surviving or Thriving: Species Survival”

Discover animals that have inhabited Earth longer than people, some that have gone extinct in the recent past, and those currently on the brink of extinction.

  • Register for “Surviving or Thriving: Species Survival” beginning March 2.

June 14-18: “Myths, Legends, and Unsolved Mysteries”

Is Bigfoot real? How was Stonehenge created? Delve into myth versus reality as we uncover what is known about these elusive mysteries of science.

  • Register for “Myths, Legends, and Unsolved Mysteries” beginning March 2. 

June 21-25: “Under the Ocean”

Discover the ocean’s diversity – from seals to sea stars, and from whelks to whales. What adaptations allow animals to thrive in marine habitats?

  •  Register for “Under the Ocean” beginning March 2.

June 28-July 2: “Creative Chemistry”

Have a blast with hands-on chemistry experiments! Make oobleck, slime, lava lamps, rubber eggs and much more.

  • Register for “Creative Chemistry” beginning March 2.

July 5-9: “Exploring the Elements: Natural Disasters”

Earthquakes, volcanoes, and hurricanes, oh my! Discover various types of natural disasters and why they happen.

  • Register for “Exploring the Elements: Natural Disasters” beginning March 2.

July 12-16: “Shooting for the Moon: Engineering and Space”

How do we know what we do about the universe? How have we sent astronauts to space? Discover rockets, rovers, and other out-of-this-world engineering successes that allow us to investigate space as we never could before.

  • Register for “Shooting for the Moon: Engineering and Space” beginning March 2. 

July 19-23: “Scaly, Slimy, Spectacular”

Don’t let animals that crawl creep you out! Explore the life cycles and lifestyles of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.

  • Register for “Scaly, Slimy, Spectacular” beginning March 2. 

Covid Precautions

The Bishop is taking steps to keep your campers as safe as possible:

  • Camp groups will be kept small.
  • The same staff will remain with campers throughout the week.
  • Facial coverings are mandatory for staff and campers.
  • We will have curbside drop-off and pick-up.
  • Campers will answer health screening questions and have their temperatures taken.