Discovery Summer Camps
Heard Summer Camps will feature opportunities to delve into the wonders of nature on our 289-acre sanctuary, encounter animal ambassadors, investigate nature-themed topics, and more!
“Junior Police Academy” shows campers what it takes to be a police officer as they study the law relating to police procedures and public safety. Students achieve personal pride and discipline through hands-on experience, physical activity and real life observation and participation in the criminal justice system
“MAD Science” calls all mad scientists to Step inside the lab and experience science right in front of their eyes. Students learn about chemical reactions they might encounter in their daily lives as well as the properties of chemistry through experiments they can perform at home.
“Make Your First 3-D Video Game” allows campers to develop a game concept that goes well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2-D game design classes. Students learn the physics behind 3-D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling flow of gameplay, and storytelling.
Make Your First Video Game summer camp teaches campers how to make their first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows them the keys to designing a 2-D game. Conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts they explore
Minecraft Designers summer camp is designed for campers who love the game Minecraft and want to design their own characters and buildings for their games
Ages 18 months to 6th grade Our summer program is open for ALL children. We offer two summer sessions each year and students may be enrolled for one or both sessions. Half-day, extended-day, and full-day programs are available.
Sparks, Nuts, and Bolts: A Manufacturing Experience exposes youth to the technical trades offered by Grayson College in welding, heating/air conditioning, electrical, auto body, machining and maintenance.
Survival School Journey into the wild world of survival. Campers will receive training in First Aid and CPR, emergency preparedness, and disaster survival. This will be a hands-on, action-packed week that will cover many life threatening events. Survival School is a fun, hands-on learning environment that gives children the knowledge, skills and confidence to assist others in a cardiac or first aid situation and react safely in emergency circumstances.
Dino Days Academy is a hands-on workshop for children ages 6 – 12. It is intended to provide a fun, educational experience as part of the museums’ summer program DINO DAYS.
Video Game Animation Take your game design to the next level by creating and animating your own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds. Start with a name, develop the character’s personality, signature moves, special powers, and a story line. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in future games. Students do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching.
The PARD sponsors FREE summer programs for children ages 5-11 in June, July and August.