JOHNSON CITY — Children interested in paleontology, science, art and nature are invited to participate in the annual Paleo-Camp at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitors Center at the Gray Fossil Site.
Scheduled for June and July, Paleo-Camp allows children to explore paleontology in the field and lab at the five-acre Gray Fossil Site as well as the museum and education center.
Campers will dig at the fossil site to find fossils, rocks and minerals, wet-screen for micro-fossils and identify them in the lab, make casts of bones, tie dye a T-shirt and play Fossil Feud. Each camp section will also have plenty of age-appropriate activities.
“Paleo-Camp is a unique summer camp offering and a great way to expose children of all ages to science and hands-on application. The interactive nature of the fossil site allows for campers to be fully immersed in the science they learn. Campers will also be able to experience our summer exhibit, ‘Peanuts ... Naturally,’ which will explore ecology through Peanuts comic strips and characters,” said Sarah Mullersman, education coordinator for the ETSU and GSB Natural History Museum.
Several sessions for children from pre-K through 8th grade are available. Session dates are organized by age group and are as follows:
Session 1 (morning): June 10-14, pre-K and kindergarten.
Session 1 (afternoon): June 10-14, pre-K and kindergarten.
Session 2: June 17-21, first through third grades.
Session 3: June 24-28, first through third grades.
Session 4: July 8-12, fourth and fifth grades.
Session 5: July 15-19, fourth and fifth grades.
Session 6: July 22-26, sixth through eighth grades.
Session 1 for pre-K and kindergarten is $90 per session. Sessions 2 through 6 for grades first through eighth are $185 per session.
Discounts are available for museum members and ETSU faculty and staff at a rate of $80 for Session 1 or $165 for Sessions 2-6.