UA Offers Summer Fun for All Ages

  • April 16th, 2019

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama will provide numerous activities for all ages throughout the summer. From outdoor explorations to music camps, UA’s summer programs cover the spectrum of common and atypical interests.

Below is a sampling of activities.

  • Alabama Museum of Natural History Archaeological Expedition (periodically throughout June) 

Discover Alabama’s diverse natural history by participating in the Museum Expedition Camp. Participants will have the fun and atypical opportunity to work with scientists in the field of archaeology as part of an actual scientific research project to explore the cultural history of Alabama. Students, teachers and adults will spend a week at the expedition field camp working with scientists to learn excavation techniques, laboratory procedures and artifact identification. For more information, see For questions, contact or phone 205-348-7550. 

  • Alabama Museum of Natural History Summer Field Trips (periodically throughout July)

Join the Alabama Museum of Natural History for Summer Field Trips that include tubing, caving, fossil-hunting and canoeing in some of Alabama’s most beautiful and interesting places. These exciting day trips are led by experienced museum naturalists and are designed for students, adults, families and children over the age of 10. The museum provides the transportation and equipment. For questions, contact or phone 205-348-7550.

  • Alabama Summer Computer Camps (High School: June 17-21; Middle School: June 24-28)

UA’s department of computer science will host a series of computer science camps. Students will be taught multiple topics within computer science while learning to program a computer in several exciting contexts. The computer science camps are taught in a manner that encourages self-exploration across multiple projects. The middle school camp targets rising seventh through ninth graders. The high school camps are offered to rising sophomores through seniors. All camps are taught by UA faculty. For more information, see For questions, contact Dr. Jeff Gray at

  • Athletic Camp (June-July)

The University of Alabama offers camps or clinics for numerous activities, including football, golf, cheer/dance and volleyball, among others. Camps and clinics are open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender). For more information, see For questions, phone 205-348-3600.

  • Athletic Training Camp  (July 6)

UA’s Jr. High and High School Athletic Training Student Aide Camp Staff invites you to learn about athletic training from those who provide medical care to some of the best athletes in the nation. The camp is designed for junior high and high school students who are interested in gaining athletic training knowledge and skills. The program will address concepts and is taught by certified athletic trainers who work at UA. For more information, see For questions, contact Dr. Jeri Zemke at

  • Belser-Parton Literacy Center Reading Clinic (June 3-27)

The Literacy Center is a research and service center in the College of Education. It offers support services and intensive instruction for students entering grades K-6 in need of additional instruction in reading to maintain or accelerate progress toward grade level goals. More information is available at For questions, contact Lauren Rollins at

  • Communication and Media Preview (July 16-20)

Communication and Media Preview (CAMP) provides high school students with the opportunity to discover and create stories. During this five-day, four-night immersive experience, students will practice skills and improve knowledge related to the fields of communication and media, develop connections with aspiring communicators and become familiar with the college experience. Participants will work with cutting-edge technology alongside the nation’s leading experts in areas such as advertising, communication studies, creative media, news media and public relations. For more details, see For questions,  contact Allyson McMaken at or phone 205-348-8599.

  • Community Music School (Various programs from May-July)

Designed to enrich the quality of life through exposure and study of the arts, students of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in UA’s Community Music School. Lessons for all ages and abilities, adult strings or brass ensembles, Kindermusik classes and camps are available. For more information, see For questions, contact Dr. Jane Weigel, or 205-348-6741.

  • Crimson Music Camps (June)

Students enrolled in the camp will be under the leadership and guidance of the artist-faculty members of UA’s School of Music. Joining the UA faculty will be guest faculty members recognized as expert leaders in the field of instrumental music education. Camps offer small group sectionals and coaching, specialized courses and master classes, all while spending time sharing music with some of the most outstanding musicians and teachers in the country. For more information, see For questions, contact Heath Nails at or 205-348-6068.

  • Druid City Girls Media Camp (June 17-21)

This program empowers young women to craft stories that are instrumental to expressing themselves and finding their voice at a pivotal age. Through media production, the program engages girls from diverse communities to cultivate filmmaking skills, confidence and creative projects important to them. For more information, see For questions, contact Dr. Barbara Jane Brickman at

  • Forensic Science Summer Day Camp (Middle School Session: July 8-12; High School Session: July 22-26)

Forensic Camp exposes middle school and high school aged participants to leaders in the field of forensic science and anthropology, as well as the abundant resources UA has to offer. The camp will provide attendants with a springboard to fields of study in anthropology, sociology, human biology and criminal justice. For more information, see For questions, contact Lindsey Gordon at or 205-371-8700. 

  • Moundville Archaeological Park Indian Summer Day Camps (Session One: June 3-7; Session Two: July 8-12)

Each identical session of Indian Summer Day Camp is a weeklong program offered for ages 9 to 13 who are interested in Native American arts and life-ways. Participants focus on several different art projects including pottery, dreamcatchers, Native jewelry, gourd crafts and making their own moccasins. Activities include hiking, gathering wild foods, touring an archaeological laboratory and other UA museums, playing Native games and sampling authentic Native American cuisine. For more information, see For questions, contact Lisa Rasco at or 205-371-8732.

  • Science Day Camp (July 22-26)

Students in fifth through eighth grade are invited to join UA’s Alabama Museum of Natural History to explore the state’s wonderful scientific diversity. Discover a different scientific discipline each day such as paleontology, ecology, biology, chemistry and more. For more information, see For questions, phone 205-348-7550.

  • Student Introduction to Engineering (July 7-12; July 14-18; July 21-26)

Ever wonder what makes bridges capable of withstanding 100-mph winds or why a skyscraper doesn’t collapse during an earthquake? This camp is for high school students entering the 11th and 12th grades and is designed to help participants discover if engineering is the right career for them. For more information, see questions, contact Gregory L. Singleton at or phone 205-348-1447. 

  • Summer Day Camps 

Learn about fossils, watersheds, fish, reptiles and much more as we discover Alabama in full day camps. Fifth through eighth graders are invited to experience hands-on science in the field alongside real scientists. Also, discover art in science and nature during weeklong half-day camp at the Alabama Museum of Natural History. Third through fifth graders are invited to explore the world around them through a variety of art mediums including sculpture, painting and photography. For questions, email or phone 205-348-7550.

  • Summer Enrichment Workshop (June 10-28)

Summer Enrichment Workshop, or SEW, is a summer program for gifted students who have completed grades K – 8. (Students who are not officially identified as gifted can apply with a letter of support from present teacher/principal.) Students are placed in sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, see questions, contact Dr. Jane Newman at or 205-348-1444.

  • Swim to the Top (June 3-27)

Swim to the Top is a swimming, physical education and academic enrichment summer camp sponsored by The University of Alabama’s Division of Community Affairs. The summer camp works in partnership with the Barnes Branch YMCA Summer Camp and Tuscaloosa’s Park and Recreation Authority. This camp works to improve campers’ swim skills and water safety, while also taking time to have fun in physical education and while emphasizing science, nutrition and literacy. For questions, contact Whitney Sewell at or 205-348-5743.

  • The Long Weekend – Summer Multimedia Journalism Camp (June 7-9)

The Long Weekend will feature day and evening classes to help participants gain the tools to produce prize-winning results next school year. When festivities and classes wrap up with a showcase by campers, students will have a great start on the upcoming year and will leave with a solid plan for their school newspaper, yearbook, broadcast program, website or literary magazine. For more information, see For questions, contact 205-348-2772.

  • Young Writers Camp (June 17-21)

Young Writers Camp, for rising 9th-12th graders, fosters creativity and a range of writing and artistic skills in a fun, accepting and interactive environment. Students will be taught and mentored by accomplished writers, and they can choose from a range of creative writing classes and workshops. Tuition includes lunch and snacks each day, a T-shirt and writing materials. For more information, see For questions, contact Emily Montgomery at or 205-348-4095.


Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications,, 205-348-8325

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