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Huntington Explorers Registration Open!

 

Does your young explorer dream of adventure? Spaces are still available for The Huntington's popular summer day camp!

Please note: Explorers Week 3 for ages 9-12 is now sold out

 

Our summer program for children ages 5-12 is back July 11-29. Join the Explorers as they embark on new adventures with an educational twist; they'll experience The Huntington’s collections through an investigative lens, roaming the gardens for specimens, unraveling the mysteries in a painting, and other creative activities. The program format provides a variety of all-day explorations combined with instruction in the Education and Visitor Center classrooms. Weekly sessions run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with each week highlighting different aspects of The Huntington’s collections. Sign up for one week, two weeks, or all three. 

 

Fees
Huntington Members:
$350 /week

 

Non-Members:
$400 /week

 

Program fees include instructor-led classes, supplies, supervised lunch hour*, and a Huntington Explorers t-shirt.

 

*Participants should bring their own lunches and snacks.

 

Registration
Registration begins April 12, and will be by lottery. Applications may be submitted by mail or email beginning March 31.

 

To register:

 

    or mail to:
    The Huntington
    Attn: Huntington Explorers
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, CA 91108

 

Once your application has been processed, confirmation will be sent by email within 1-3 days. If a session you have registered for is filled, your application will be put on a wait list, and you will be contacted if/when a spot becomes available. Payment will only be processed if you choose to accept placement.

 


Explorers Schedule

 

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, 5 days a week. Four new subjects will be featured each week, with a class about each subject every day. Each day of the week we'll dig deeper into each subject, fun-filled classes, art projects, and outdoor explorations! Below is a sample schedule and class schedule may vary based on children's age groups.

WEEK 1:  July 11-15
Schedule
Weekly Subjects
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
9 -10:30 a.m.
 

Mini Chefs at Art

Mini...Part 1 Mini...Part 2 Mini...Part 3 Mini...Part 4 Mini...Part 5
10:30 a.m.-noon
 

National Parks Adventures

National...Part 1 National...Part 2 National...Part 3 National...Part 4 National...Part 5
noon-1 p.m.
 
LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
1-2:30 p.m.
 

Energy in Nature

Energy...Part 1 Energy...Part 2 Energy...Part 3 Energy...Part 4 Energy...Part 5
2:30-4 p.m.
 

Every Picture Tells a Story

Every Picture...Part 1 Every Picture...Part 2 Every Picture...Part 3 Every Picture...Part 4 Every Picture...Part 5

 

WEEK 2: July 18-22
Schedule
Weekly Subjects
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
9 -10:30 a.m.
 

Art Explorers

Art...Part 1 Art...Part 2 Art...Part 3 Art...Part 4 Art...Part 5
10:30 a.m.-noon
 

Nature’s Patterns

Nature's...Part 1 Nature's...Part 2 Nature's...Part 3 Nature's...Part 4 Nature's...Part 5
noon-1 p.m.
 
LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
1-2:30 p.m.
 

The Five Senses

Five...Part 1 Five...Part 2 Five...Part 3 Five...Part 4 Five...Part 5
2:30-4 p.m.
 

Making Medieval Modern

Making...Part 1 Making...Part 2 Making...Part 3 Making...Part 4 Making...Part 5

 

WEEK 3: July 25-29
Schedule
Weekly Subjects
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
9 -10:30 a.m.
 

Secrets of the Library

Secrets...Part 1 Secrets...Part 2 Secrets...Part 3 Secrets...Part 4 Secrets...Part 5
10:30 a.m.-noon
 

Sculpting Myths

Sculpting...Part 1 Sculpting...Part 2 Sculpting...Part 3 Sculpting...Part 4 Sculpting...Part 5
noon-1 p.m.
 
LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
1-2:30 p.m.
 

Geology Rocks!

Geology...Part 1 Geology...Part 2 Geology...Part 3 Geology...Part 4 Geology...Part 5
2:30-4 p.m.
 

All the World’s a Stage

All the World’s...Part 1 All the World’s...Part 2 All the World’s...Part 3 All the World’s...Part 4 All the World’s...Part 5

 


Descriptions

 

WEEK 1: July 11-15

 

Mini Chefs at Art
Instructor, Punam Bhakta
Calling all mini chefs and artists! Using our plates as a canvas, we will explore basic culinary arts to create delicious and eye-appealing dishes. Through visits to the gardens, galleries, and the Huntington Ranch, we’ll see our masterpieces grow from harvest to table!

 

National Parks Adventures
Instructor, Brooke Sauer
Calling all explorers! Let’s investigate the wonders of our national parks by creating projects inspired by the Huntington's “Geographies of Wonder” exhibition. Through a fun series of activities we will learn about geography, geology, conservation, and how artists play a role in supporting and promoting the development of our national parks system.

 

Energy in Nature
Instructor, Naomi Fox
Sun, Water, and Wind. Investigate the many forms of energy within The Huntington’s gardens and the Dibner Hall of the History of Science. Focusing on kinetic, light and sound energy we’ll design our own musical instruments, create solar prints, boats that float and toys that move.

 

Every Picture Tells a Story
Instructor, Louise Bowerman
Come and join us on a journey through portraits and portraiture! Let’s explore the collections and be inspired to tell, perform and write stories. From Pinkie to Blue Boy and beyond, where will your imagination take you?

 

WEEK 2: July 18-22

 

Art Explorers
Instructor, Pamela Bailey Lewis
Join us for an international tour inspired by The Huntington’s many galleries and gardens. Beginning with the Americas, we will journey overseas to Australia and Asia, trekking over mountains towards Europe. Get ready to mix and blend art and nature as we creatively document our travels.

 

Nature’s Patterns
Instructor, Brooke Sauer
There are more than flowers that grow in our gardens! Let’s spiral down to The Huntington’s century-old Desert garden to do field observations and learn about the Golden Ratio found in nature. Back in the classroom we’ll create artworks that are inspired by the unique shapes and patterns of some of the most unusual cacti and succulents.

 

The Five Senses
Instructor, Naomi Fox
Whether you’re a bird in a tree, a fish in a pond or an Explorer listening to the sounds of the garden, The Huntington is an amazing place to test your senses! As we seek out the most beautiful sights, intriguing scents and tranquil sounds, Explorers will respond to their discoveries by creating imaginative artworks and written journals to capture their observations.

 

Making Medieval Modern
Instructor, Louise Bowerman
Come and join us on a journey through the illuminated past. Let’s explore the Library collections to learn about the Middle Ages. We’ll discover the people and their pastimes, from knights and princesses through manuscript making and weaponry - the murky medieval world will be illuminated for all!

 

WEEK 3: July 25-29

 

Secrets of the Library
Instructor, Pamela Bailey Lewis
Shhh…! Tiptoe with us through The Huntington’s Library collection - From Beautiful Science to illuminated manuscripts, we’ll find delightful drawings, astounding astronomy, and terrific tales. With new stories every day we’ll create our own arts and crafts inspired by our investigations.

 

Sculpting Myths
Instructor, Brooke Sauer
What do Apollo, Diana, Venus, and Poseidon have in common? These are some of the mythological sculptures that inhabit The Huntington’s gardens. Explorers will discover the artworks that live in the garden and hear stories of love, power, and legends. Back in the classroom, we will create our own three dimensional artworks using a variety of materials.

 

Geology Rocks!
Instructor, Naomi Fox
Explorers will examine rocks, sand, clay and gypsum materials, to create hands-on projects that model and simulate crystals, erosion, volcanoes and other fascinating geological phenomena. Young geologists will delve deeper into the different types of rocks and the formation of fossils to create artworks inspired by changes in the Earth over time.

 

All the World’s a Stage
Instructor, Louise Bowerman
All The Huntington is a stage as we embark on an exploration in search of Shakespeare’s inspirations for his famous stories. From the statues, to the first folio and much more, let’s immerse ourselves in Shakespeare’s world. Whether it’s performing and writing; making manuscripts or designing costumes – you’ll find all the inspiration you need to enjoy a summer of bardolatry.

 


If you have further questions, please refer to our FAQ or contact the Explorers Office at 626-405-3530.

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