Specialty and Teen Programs

Bio Boot Camps

Bio Boot Camp

Entering Grades 7–9
8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Overnight Thursday
Fee: $425 (Partial need-based scholarships are available)

Learn what it takes to be a biologist from the pros in this camp cooperatively conducted by the Bohart Museum of Entomology and the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology at UC Davis! This camp is designed for those who want to further explore the sciences of entomology and wildlife biology. Participants will be searching for and collecting insects, observing and surveying wild animals, and learning how to dissect and prepare specimens for the museum. This is a full day camp from 8:30 am-5:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday based at UC Davis. Then on Thursday morning we travel to a UC Reserve for an overnight experience. This year to expand our program we are going to offer two separate junior high camps on different dates to different Reserves. For 2019 the Coastal Session camp includes an overnight to the coast at the UC Davis Bodega Bay Marine Lab and Reserve and the Mountain Session camp will spend Thursday night in the mountains at the UC Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station just outside of Truckee in the Sierras. We return to Davis on Friday afternoon. Transportation (vans), 3 meals, and housing (bunkhouse or cabin) are provided during the overnight portion.

Each camp has an enrollment of 12 students and 2 instructors. If you have already attended our camps, please only apply to the camp that will be new to you. Some need-based partial scholarships are also available. To inquire about the application process and scholarships, please visit http://bohart.ucdavis.edu/summer-camps.html.

BBCBT1 June 17–21 (Coastal session)
BBCBT3 July 8–12 (Mountain session)

Bio Boot Camp 2.0

Entering Grades 10–12
One week session: July 28–August 3
Sunday 2:30 p.m.–Saturday 2:30 p.m., Overnight Sunday–Saturday camp
Fee: $795 (Partial need-based scholarships are available)

Together with the Bohart Museum of Entomology and Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology at UC Davis, we launched Bio Boot Camp 2.0 in 2013 after much enthusiasm from Bio Boot Campers who graduated out of the junior high program. The camp spans 7 days and 6 nights, Sunday at 2:30 pm to Saturday at 2:30 pm. Pick-up and drop-off will be at the museums on the UC Davis Campus. The first night will be at the UC Davis Quail Ridge Field Station outside of Winters, CA so everyone will be getting to know the Central Valley. We will be stopping at the UC Davis campus on Monday for part of the day to tour the museums and the campus before traveling to UC Berkeley's Sagehen Creek Field Station outside of Truckee, CA. There we will  conduct a group project and a mini individual project and explore the area. This is still camp, so there are hikes, exploring Lake Tahoe, silly games, a costume dinner and a lot of fun throughout. Transportation (vans), housing (tents/cabins) and food will be provided, but campers will be expected to help prepare group meals and clean up after themselves. This camp has an enrollment of 10 students and 3 instructors.

Due to limited space in this specialized camp, there is a separate application process. Some need-based, partial scholarships are also available. To inquire about the application process and scholarships, please visit http://bohart.ucdavis.edu/summer-camps.html.

BBCTT6 July 28–August 3

Junior Lifeguarding

9 a.m.–noon
$235 || Enrollment Open

The Junior Lifeguarding program is open to preteens and teens ages 12-14 with Halibut (highest) level swimming ability. A swim test will be given the first day. The focus of the program is to give participants an introduction to the basic skills of lifeguarding, including hands-only CPR, first aid, rescue techniques, recognizing and responding to emergency situations, and the responsibilities of lifeguarding. This class will prepare the participant for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training (but it is not the certification course). Class is one week long, Monday through Friday. Participants will receive a whistle and a Junior Lifeguard T-shirt.

AQUJT4 July 15–19

Leaders in Training

8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
$180 || Application Open – due March 31

Campers will learn valuable communication and leadership skills during this two week camp. LITs complete training modules and activities that teach skills they can apply to working with individuals and in group settings. LITs also discuss strategies for youth management in and outside the camp setting. During the second of two weeks, campers will have the opportunity to practice skills by assisting counselors in our Youth Programs camps for part of the day. This program is for young people who are highly motivated and ready to work and play hard, and who demonstrate additional responsibility in accepting the challenges of leadership. 

Note: While not required, it is recommended that applicants have leadership experience or experience working with children. There are a limited number of spaces and the online application is required.

Recommended application process:

  1. Review the entire application and prepare your answers
  2. Visit the online application and copy/paste your prepared answers
LITCT1 June 17–28

Young Composers Workshop

10 a.m.–3p.m., Monday–Thursday
$465 || Application Open – due March 31

MUSCT6 July 29–August 9
MUSCT8 August 12–23


This summer camp is designed for high school-aged composers interested in many musical styles, including but not limited to classical music, film music, video game music, avant-garde, musical theatre, and electronic music. During the course of the two weeks, participants will create a new composition that will be performed in a culminating concert at the end of the camp. 

  • The workshop will likely include the following activities: 
  • Group listening / score study + discussion (daily)
  • Dictation (i.e. ear-training / notation) + aural skills (daily) 
  • Composition Workshop / Lessons 
  • Real-time notation sessions (i.e., speed composing + critique) 
  • Conducting 
  • Group Improvisation 
  • Group discussions
  • Guest artists lectures / workshops 
  • Culminating event: a performance of students’ original pieces

Application required. We want to hear from potential campers, so parents: please supervise and provide minimal assistance. The application is a two-part process. Students will submit an online questionnaire to express interest in the program. Next, you will be provided instructions to submit a PDF of a score that represents your best work. Both are due March 31. Once the application cycle closes, all submitted forms and scores will be reviewed. Applicants will be notified of their reserved spot and registration instructions will be sent via email. Please only submit one application per person.

About the instructors: The Young Composers Workshop will be lead by our instructors, Daniel Godsil and Ryan Suleiman. To learn more about them, please visit their websites.