Junior Paleontology 2022!

Junior Paleontology is a kid’s summer program hosted by the Cranbrook History Centre, made possible by funding from the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines and Canada Summer Jobs. Each camp day, we will explore the unique paleontology and geology of the East Kootenays. Through fun, hands-on projects, fossil enthusiasts will learn about evolution, the environment, geology, and paleontology! 

This year, Junior Paleontology will be run through a five day long camp that focuses on geology, evolution and extinction, fossils and paleontology as a whole. Junior Paleo will be running the week of July 11th to 15th and August 8th to 12th. Our programs are designed to be as active as possible with plenty of hands-on learning and opportunities for growth and exploration!

Camps will run Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, for children ages 6-12.

Registration Now Open!

Our July session has now sold out! Thank you all for participating!


Full Week Camp $250/child + tax
Full Week Camp$225/sibling (with the purchase of 1 child ticket) + tax

Here’s a sneak peek of what we have planned…


Our first day focuses on the study of Earth over time. This includes talking about different types of rocks, the rock cycle, the geological timeline, and our anchor activity: creating the different layers of the Earth with Starbursts. We will also be examining real life examples of sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks, and playing games throughout the day that cement the concepts we will be learning.


Day two revolves predominantly around the Theory of Evolution, Darwin and the Galapogos finches, endangered animals and habitats, and factors that lead to extinction such as climate change, pollution, and invasive species. The feature activity for day two is making bird masks, which will feature different adaptive characteristics just as Darwin’s finches had.


Day three of Junior Paleo dives into what paleontology is all about: fossils! We will spend the morning in the fossil room in the gallery of the museum exploring the differnt kinds of local fossils we have, and our main activity for the afternoon will be making our own fossils out of clay!


Day four is all about learning how to be a paleontologist! The activities for today include drawing our own dinosaurs, making amber slime with miniature dinosaurs, and even excavating our own fossils!


Today is a day where we show off all that we have learned! The fifth and final day of Junior Paleontology will include fun culminating activities that incorporate all that we have discussed so far, and make sure that everybody finishes the camp as a certified junior paleontologist!

Need some extra accomodations?

Please contact us at programs@cranbrookhistorycentre.com and we can make arrangements to match your schedule if these pick up and drop off times do not work for you. For arrivals before 8:30am and after 4:00pm, there is an extra $5 fee per 15 minutes. If your child requires additional accommodations for the camps, please contact us and let us know. We will gladly do whatever we can to make it an enjoyable experience for all!

If you payed for the camp in person, please be sure to still fill out the camper information form emailed to you.

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For more information call us at (250) 489-3918 or e-mail info@cranbrookhistorycentre.com.

Read about us in the media: History Centre’s Paleontology camp is back, and better than ever – Cranbrook Daily Townsman (cranbrooktownsman.com)

Junior Paleontology Starts Sixth Consecutive Season