Learn basic geology, prospect for real dinosaur fossils, and contribute to ongoing palaeontological research by participating in amazing hands-on science projects. Activities will take place in the breathtaking Alberta badlands, as well as in our spacious Learning Centre facilities.
Badlands Science Camp gives young scientists a taste of real palaeontology. Each camp is geared to meet the expectations and abilities of youth (9 – 12 or 13 – 17 years). The incredible natural resources of the area, combined with access to the scientific research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, make Badlands Science Camp a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the guidelines issued by Alberta Health Services, Badlands Science Camp 2021 will be offered in a day camp format, instead of the traditional overnight experience. Camps are two, three, or five days long. View sample activities.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum will follow all the guidelines and protocols issued by the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services. Parents of participants must be informed of our COVID-19 Protocols.
Parents will be required to drop off their child(ren) each morning between 8:30 – 9:00 a.m, and pick them up between 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Meet the Camp Coordinator
Morgan ‘Mogie’ Syvertsen has been the Coordinator of Badlands Science Camp since 2006. Mogie has many years experience in mountaineering, backcountry camping, parenting, and professional counselling. As a former teacher and director of non-profit organizations, he brings to Camp a passion for community and a commitment to individual fulfillment.
Mogie’s learn-by-doing philosophy guarantees everyone who attends Badlands Science Camp will have the opportunity to participate in palaeontology, not just observe it. His extensive background in community building and personal development ensures that Campers are safe to explore their environment and discover something new about themselves.
Mission and Philosophy
Badlands Science Camp aspires to foster an appreciation of the natural sciences and the environment by providing fun, interactive, and educational multi-day camps for children in the badlands of Alberta.
We built our Camp around the following core values:
- Personal Growth
- Environmental Awareness
Badlands Science Camp thanks the Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society for its support in making Science Camp possible.
We thank Alberta Environment and Parks for granting use of land in Midland Provincial Park for Badlands Science Camp. The camps use responsible environmental practices to protect this unique and beautiful landscape.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the check-in procedure?
When you arrive at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology each day of Camp, park your vehicle in the public parking lot, and proceed to the Learning Centre front doors. Check-in time is between 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. One of our Camp staff will greet you, check-in your child(ren), go through the COVID screening procedure, and answer any questions you have. If a child shows COVID symptoms, they will not be allowed to attend Camp. If your child has medications or a medical condition, please speak with the Camp Coordinator in the Learning Centre lobby. All medications, except asthma puffers and Epipens, must be left with the Camp Coordinator for security reasons.
- What is the check-out procedure?
At the scheduled end of each day of Camp, a parent or guardian of the child(ren) will pick them up at the Learning Centre front doors (same door as the drop off). Children will be kept in the Learning Centre until parents arrive. Check-out time is between 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
- Where will Camp be hosted?
Camp will be hosted at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. Many of the activities will take place in the badlands, weather permitting. Some indoor activities are also included in the schedule.
- What do you do in case of severe weather?
We monitor the weather constantly, using radar and satellite imagery on our portable devices. If the weather is unsuitable for doing outdoor activities, we have alternate indoor activities planned.
- May I drop off my child early or pick them up late?
Unfortunately, Science Camp staff will not be available for early drop off or late pick-up of your child(ren).
- What about meals?
No meals will be provided to participants. A snack will be given each day. Parents are required to send a bag lunch with their child(ren) each day. A fridge will be available; however, a microwave will not be available to heat food.
- What is your policy regarding bullying at Science Camp?
Any kind of abuse is not tolerated at Badlands Science Camp. If an incident occurs, the parties involved are immediately moved to different groups to mitigate any further bullying opportunities. The child responsible for the abuse then meets with the Camp coordinator and is given one warning. If there is a second incident, the Camp Coordinator will contact the offending child’s parents to discuss a resolution – including sending the offender home if necessary.
- What kind of security clearance do your Camp staff have?
All of our Camp staff are thoroughly screened and must complete an RCMP vulnerable sector background check (i.e., clearance for working with children) prior to being hired. We also abide by the Alberta Camping Association policy, which restricts an individual staff member from being alone with a single child, at any time. In addition, all Camp staff are hired from our pool of leadership training program graduates and have attended Science Camp for multiple years themselves.
- How can I contact a camper in case of emergency?
The Camp Coordinator is on call while Camp is in session. You will be provided this number once registration is complete. You can also call the Royal Tyrrell Museum switchboard during regular business hours. In Alberta dial 310-0000 then (403) 823-7707, or in North America, 1-888-440-4240.
- Do campers have to pay to enter the Museum?
Admission to Badlands Science Camp grants the child access to the Royal Tyrrell Museum during the Camp. Gallery time will be scheduled into the Camp. There are no additional fees at Camp. If you choose to visit the Museum after your stay at Camp, admission fees will apply.
Contact Our Bookings Office
Monday – Friday 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (MT)
Toll-free in Alberta
310-0000 then (403) 823-7707
Toll-free in North America (outside Alberta)
Outside North America