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

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
*Closed Monday-Friday, except by appointment

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. Reservations are required two weeks before the date of the camp.


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June 6-10, 2016

Native American Craft Camp

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Grades 1-3

Make pottery, toys, tools, jewelry, and games! Kids will get to experience what life was like in Dayton 800 years ago through crafts and games. The will also experience how discoveries are made through activities such as layer cake archaeology and projects in our Museum and reconstructed village.


Archaeology Camp

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Grades 4-6

Chipping stone, making bone tools, engraving copper, and building mud walls are a few of the skills students of this class will have the opportunity to develop. Participants will also get to use their critical thinking skills during this course by focusing on the ways archaeologists analyze and record finds. Come join this intrigue and fun and be prepared to get dirty!

Summer Camp Fees


Member Non-Member
Full Day Camps $159 $169


Registration Dates & Fees

Online registration for Summer Camps at the SunWatch begins on March 14, 2016 for Members and March 20, 2016 for Non-Members.

Click here to register

All fees are due at the time of registration. Once you have registered your campers for Summer Lore Camps all sales will be considered final. If you feel that you have a grave exception, feel free to contact the Camp Director via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Required Forms:

Pick Up/Drop Off Form

Health Enrollment Form

Emergency Care Plan Form (of needed if your camper has special medical needs)

How to Register

Online registration and your camper's first day check-in are now easier than ever!

1) Visit to select your child's camp experience.
2) Click the corresponding link to open the registration page.
3) Complete the online form in its entirety, including the Classes, Camper, Parent/Guarding, and Billing Section then click "submit". Tip: be sure to use a valid email address, as your camper's required forms will be sent to you via email.

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.

Summer Camp Scholarships

Limited scholarship funding provided by the Dayton College Women's Fund will be available for qualifed campers. Parents will be able to apply beginning May 4, 2016 by completing an online form. A partial scholarship to either the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery or SunWatch Summer Camps will be awarded to each approved applicant. Because scholarship funding is limited we will only be able to grant partial scholarships which amount to 50% off the total tuition fee; one scholarship per camper may be applied to one week of camp. Summer Camp registration for all camp sessions is on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any questions regarding our scholarship program, please call 937.268.8199.

Application Deadline for June Camps is May 31, scholarship recipients will be notified by June 2.

What you will need in order to apply:

- A letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, or adult mentor who is not familial.
 - A copy of free/reduced lunch documentation.
 - You will also have the opportunity to explain your child's interest in camp and your need. You must provide the above documentation in addition to filling out the online application by the dates listed above to be considered.


NOTE: Approved scholarship recipients will be required to pay for the remaining balance of their Summer Camp tuition. If you have an extreme financial need, please contact our Site Administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.