Earth Explorers Summer Camp

Join us for a fun week of all things Earth science!

Calling all future geologists! Ask about minerals, and we will tell you, “What rocks!” From minerals with impurities that give that beautiful color to minerals that glow in the dark and from natural disasters such as volcanoes and earthquakes, enjoy the beauty of the science of Earth!

Students should bring a sack lunch. Friday (the final day) is a parent/guardian open house where participants can show off what they have learned during the week! 

Dates: TBA


  • Explorers (Ages 7-11): 10 am-2 pm (Monday-Thursday)
  • KidVentures (Ages 3-6): 10 am-2 pm (Monday-Thursday)
  • Friday is an open house & explore day where students can bring three family members to the museum to show off what they learned during the week. Families can come any time during the day.


  • Nonmembers: TBA
  • Members: TBA
Key Concepts

Fossils, Paleontology, Rocks and minerals, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Crystal Crafts, Rock Cycles, Weather, Water Cycle


Preregistration is required and can be done online through Eventbrite or by calling Burpee’s visitor services department (815-965-3433).

KidVentures (Ages 3-6) and Explorers Camp (Ages 7-11)

Discover all Earth science! Identify minerals, chat with experts, explore erosion with stream tables, earthquake simulations, and explore geology on other planets! Learn from Burpee’s geologists, discover ancient Rockford and journey through Earth’s awesome past!