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Field Trips and Demos
Gopher Adventures provides experiences to inspire young people to think about and try many new and different things. As a part of our mission to introduce youth to the wide array of opportunities and unique facilities on campus, we feature a field trip, guest speaker or demonstration each week for the participants. Some of the specialty camps may also participate, depending on scheduling. A sampling of the featured partners providing these activities is below. The frequency of each topic varies greatly and all topics do not apply to all ages. More information will be available in April on the website and details are posted at camp during the summer.
Chinese Language Sampler
The Confucius Institute provides many resources and opportunities on campus and in the greater educational community. Chinese language classes are a fun way for our youth to bridge the distances in our world and differences between cultures. During selected weeks we offer short field trips to the Confucius Institute for some of our campers to get hands on experiences in Chinese language and culture.
Hands on Heart Fair
Campers have the opportunity to get an up-close and personal view of heart health! They will better understand the importance of a healthy heart and lifestyle, as well as gain a basic understanding of cardiac anatomy and physiology by participating in this heart education program provided by the Lillehei Heart Institute and the University of Minnesota.
Goldstein Museum of Design
A collecting institution that advances the understanding and appreciation of design and the awareness that designed objects can contribute to quality of life. Our nearby neighbor on campus introduces the importance of object centered learning through hands on activities with featured exhibits in their gallery.
University of Minnesota Insect Collection
Visit one of the largest university-affiliated insect collections in North America that includes over 3.8 million specimens, representing over 50,000 described species. The collection is a valuable resource for researchers at the University of Minnesota, across the state, and throughout the entomological community, both nationally and internationally.
Weisman Art Museum
Adventures galore are hidden within this friendly museum of visual arts on campus. Check out the diverse collection and the unique architecture with scavenger hunts and more. Since its origin in 1934, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum has been a teaching museum for the University of Minnesota. Today, education remains central to the museum’s mission to make the arts accessible to the University and public communities.
Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life
Step back in time at this Ramsey County historical site within walking distance from our camps. This unique museum offers a historical educational experience of traditional Dakotah life and pioneer days. Youth will enjoy setting up a real tipi, hand dipping candles, and more through tours and activities.
The Gabbert Raptor Center
See eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons up close. Since 1974, the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine has specialized in medical care, rehabilitation, conservation and study of raptors. They treat more than 800 birds a year and provide training for veterinarians around the world.
University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Step into the world of Nursing with a look at the exciting activities and careers of today's students and leaders. The School of Nursing will provide some hands on activities and tours at the Bentson Healthy Community Innovation Center for campers to introduce the many areas available in this field.
School of Kinesiology - Physical & Health Education
Pairing teachers and young, active campers is the perfect equation for summer fun! Graduate students in the physical education program provide plenty of activity and new ideas for games and fitness that can be enjoyed by all ages. A visit to the historic Cooke Hall and the Recreation Center gymnasiums is also a highlight of these sessions.
Bell Museum of Natural History & ExploraDome
The James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History was established by state legislative mandate in 1872 to collect, preserve, skillfully prepare, display and interpret our state’s diverse animal and plant life for scholarly research and teaching and for public appreciation, enrichment, and enjoyment. Youth understand the natural wonders of our state and uncover the mysteries of the night sky and our solar system in the ExploraDome planetarium.