2301 W. River Road
Dayton, OH 45417
(937) 268-8199


9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays

Closed except for special events or by appointment.Call 937.268.8199 to book your group visit or field trip!

Closed: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter

General Admission

Adults $7.00
Seniors (60+) $6.00
Students (6-17) $6.00
Members are always Free!


Summer Lore

archery practiceLearn about American Indian culture, archaeology and prehistoric Ohio through hands-on activities, crafts, games and more. Advance registration is required.


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NEW for 2017! Single Day Camp Options

For Campers in Grades 4-6

Register for our new one-day summer camps with a Friday or Saturday option each week, where campers can mix-and-match to create their own adventure! Choose one - or all! - five days to make the most of summer at SunWatch.

Archaeologist for a Day: Historical Archaeology
Friday, June 30 OR Saturday, July 1 | 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Through pottery, jewelry-making, music, instruments, and more, explore the art of various indigenous groups.

Bones, Bodies, and Mysteries: The Human Factor
Friday, July 7 OR Saturday, July 8 | 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Using forensics, bioarchaeology, osteology, campers will explore the science of archaeology.

Wigwams, Teepees, and Pueblos: Native American Architecture
Friday, July 14 | 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Discover how people lived in the past as campers build models, get hands-on as they daub a house in the village, and work with various building materials.

Native American Toolkit: Prehistoric Hunting and Tools
Saturday, July 22 | 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
From archery and flint-knapping to bow drills and clam shell hoes, discover how the tools of the past made life easier for Ohio’s earliest inhabitants.

Pots and People: Art of the Ancient Americas
Friday, July 28 OR Saturday, July 29 | 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Campers will discover excavation methods as they explore SunWatch, learn to identify artifacts, and get hands-on in the dig pits.

Summer Camp Fees

Member Non-Member
Single Day Camp Rate
$40 $45

Buy 4, Get the 5th Free!  Register for every session, and the last camp is on us.

Registration Dates & Fees

Registration is now open for SunWatch Camps. Registration will close for each camp on the Friday the week prior.
Note that all campers must submit health and permission pick up/drop off forms. You will receive an email after your registration with the appropriate links. 

Register Today!

Dayton Society of Natural History Members: Be sure to enter your coupon code(s) to receive your special Member discount. If you are a current Member and did not receive an email with your exclusive coupon codes, please email our friendly Membership services staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 937.275.7431 x 152.