There is still time to enroll your child in the Temecula Valley Museum Summer Explorers Camp.
This program teaches a deeper understanding of local, natural and social history at the museum.
Half-day (from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) week-long summer camp programs are available for children ages 8-10.
Each week students will explore a different time period and a variety of topics. Students will handle museum artifacts, meet historians, geologists and anthropologists, make take-home crafts and participate in group activities, period games and historical field trips.
Week One — “Exploring the Natural History of Our Valley” (July 9-13)
Explorers will interact with professional naturalists and geologists to learn about plants, rocks, bugs and animals. Field trips are planned to Santa Rosa Plateau and the Western Science Center.
Week Two – “Exploring Native American Heritage” (July 16-20)
Explorers will learn about the history and culture of local Native Americans, whose ancestors lived in the Temecula Valley prior to western settlement. Fun activities include: Making pinch pots, weaving a basket, playing Native American games and a trip to see The Great Oak.
Week Three – “Exploring New World Influences” (July 23-27)
Explorers will learn about the Spanish influence on California and the local area, and the development of the missions. Fun activities include planting and harvesting vegetables, dancing with Ballet Folklorico, making adobe bricks and a visit to Mission San Luis Rey.
Week Four – “Exploring Pioneer Life” (July 30-August 3 )
Explorers will learn about the difficulties of traveling overland by wagon; discover the influence of the Gold Rush in California history; and take a look at life as a cowboy on a cattle ranch. Fun activities include square dancing, making butter, Oregon Trail computer game; a Wild West show; a walking tour of Old Town and a visit to the Vail Ranch.
Summer Explorer campers may register for a single week session, multiple weeks or for the entire four weeks. Tuition for each weekly session is $65. Class limit is 12 students.
Snacks, lunches and bottled water must be provided from home.
For more information, contact the Temecula Valley Museum at 951-694-6453. Register either online at tcsd.cityoftemecula.org or walk-in registration Monday through Friday at the following locations:
· Community Recreation Center, 30875 Rancho Vista Rd., (951-694-6410), M-F 8 a.m.—4:45 p.m.
· Civic Center, 41000 Main St., (951) 694-6480, M-F 8 a.m.—5 p.m.
· Temecula Community Center, 28816 Pujol St., (951) 694-6469, M-F 9 a.m.—5 p.m.
· Harveston Center, 40135 Village Rd., (951) 693-3990, M-F 9 a.m.—5 p.m.
The Temecula Valley Museum is located in Sam Hicks Monument Park at 28314 Mercedes Street in Old Town Temecula.
For more information please call the museum at 951-694-6453.
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