What's New for 2014?

It's time to begin thinking about Morehead Summer Science Camps for 2014! Please note these changes:

  • Morehead welcomes new camp coordinator Jonathan Barnes, who has more than 10 years of experience in planning informal science education programs for children at COSI (Center of Science and Industry) in Columbus, Ohio. (Former camp coordinator Lindley Barrow left Morehead to teach SCUBA in Costa Rica!)
  • Morehead's RTP camp site is moving to a new location! In 2014, all RTP-based programs will be at Research Triangle High School (replacing our former site at Kestrel Heights). In addition, Morehead will continue to offer programs at our UNC campus site and SciVentures site.
  • To keep our camp registration fully online, we've converted our camp release and health/safety forms to online versions. You'll receive links to these forms with your registration confirmation email -- just complete, sign and submit them electronically!

Remember, Morehead members enjoy early registration and discounts on all Summer Science Camps. If you aren't a member, you can take advantage of those discounts by buying your Morehead membership now.

Camp Overview

Information applies to: UNC | SciVentures | RTP


Science is an adventure -- an amazing opportunity to explore the world around us. Children naturally love to explore our world, and Morehead's Summer Science Camps are the perfect way to encourage your child's curiosity and intellectual growth in a fun, nurturing environment.

Morehead offers exciting one-week camp sessions for grades K-8. Camp activities focus on science themes and are led by UNC students and graduates, trained to provide a safe and fun educational environment for your child.

Your child's science adventure includes these advantages:

  • Hands-on science exploration, recreation and science themed crafts
  • Enriching science camp curricula developed at UNC
  • Convenient and easy for parents, with three great locations and extended care options

Morehead's UNC campus site offers half-day camps for grades K-8. This is the original site for Summer Science Camps at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

Morehead's SCIVENTURES site offers a full-day science exploration program for grades 6-8. This summer, Morehead offers two different SciVentures curricula. One is based on the UNC campus, and one is based at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence, which is adjacent to Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill.

Morehead's Research Triangle Park (RTP) site offers full-day camps for grades K-8. The RTP site is based at RTP High School, located off exit 280 on I-40 near the intersection of N.C. Hwy. 54 and Davis Drive.

Each of the three sites -- UNC, SciVentures and RTP -- has its own schedule and pricing. To help you identify information that is specific to each site, Morehead has marked every page at the top with "UNC," "SciVentures" or "RTP." (Some pages provide information for more than one site.) You'll also see separate sections in the menu column at right for "UNC and SciVentures Site Information" (both are in Chapel Hill) and for "RTP Site Information."

Dates to remember

Mark these important 2014 Morehead Summer Science Camp dates on your calendar:

  • Jan. 20-29
    Concierge registration begins for Lunar Level (and above) members. Choose a Lunar Level membership for this benefit.
  • Feb. 3, 12 noon
    Online "members only" registration opens for Morehead members. Become a member now.
  • Feb. 10, 12 noon
    Online public registration opens for nonmembers.
  • Early June
    Camp Open House and orientation for parents and campers
    Take advantage of this opportunity to see the classroom spaces, meet counselors and help your child become familiar with the camp location.

Registration guidelines

Registration is exclusively online! Morehead's online registration system offers advantages that include real-time camp availability information and instant confirmation emails.

On the first day of public registration, you'll find the registration button at the top of this column. The button is only available on this Camp Overview page, and the button will not be posted until the first day of public registration.

The registration button will become clickable for public registration on Feb. 10 at 12 noon. If you click the registration button before registration opens, you will be returned to this Camp Overview page.

Register in three simple steps:

    Use the master schedule (click here to download a complete chart of camps and dates, in PDF format) and camp descriptions to choose the camps that match your child's grade level and interests and your family’s summer schedule. (If you have more than one child whom you would like to register for camp, you can register them both in a single online session.)
    Click the registration button at the top of this column to begin (remember, the button won't appear until the first day of public registration), and follow the instructions within the system.
    Registration begins by selecting whether your child will attend camps in Chapel Hill or in RTP.
    Open the confirmation email you will receive within 30 minutes after registration (if you don't see it after 30 minutes, check your spam folder!). In that email, you'll see links to two online forms -- "Release, Contract & Consent Form" and "Health & Safety Form." You'll complete these electronic forms online (including electronic signatures, which are new this year). Complete instructions are included online with the forms. Remember, these forms will be submitted electronically -- they are not designed to be printed and mailed. Please complete them promptly!
    Morehead reserves the right to cancel your registration if these forms are not submitted within two weeks of your registration. Your child cannot attend camp unless these forms are completed and submitted!

Please note: You are not allowed to register your child for the same camp title more than once per summer.

Waiting lists

If the camp you have chosen is already full, please consider joining the waiting list. If an opening occurs before the camp begins and you are next on the waiting list for that camp, a Morehead camp staff member will call you to ask if you want to claim that opening.

Age and grade levels

Morehead Summer Science Camps match age-appropriate grade levels in North Carolina public schools. For example, if your child will enter fourth grade in fall 2014, your child is eligible to attend any camp under the "Grades 4–5" listing.

You must register your child for a camp designed for the grade he or she will enter in fall 2014. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. This ensures the best possible academic and social environment for all campers.