Summer Science Camps through ScienceWorks Hands-On Kids Museum begin June 18.

The camps give kids a way to explore their world and have summer fun, according to camp organizers. With course offerings throughout the summer, campers can explore topics including water, astronomy, animals, nature and forensic fun. All camps are taught by qualified educators who bring expertise, experience and enthusiasm into a wide range of science explorations.

The weeklong, half-day camps begin June 18, with two brand new camps this year. "From Critters to Cloth" is a hands-on exploration for children 4 to 6 years old. Kids will follow a journey, gathering fur and fleece from animals, to working it into fibers and weaving it into cloth. This camp will include an exploration of local plants and their use for making dyes and baskets. Teacher Saul Harper is a weaving and fiber arts specialist who teaches in this valley and in Central and South America.

In the afternoon a special class for 7- to 10-year-olds offers kids a chance to get a little wet in "Splish Splash," exploring creatures that live in water. From the Pacific Ocean to Bear Creek, kids will learn about the waters of Oregon and the life they hold. The will use microscopes to observe plankton, assemble your own marine sampling kit to take home, and touch sea creatures. Through scientific explorations, art, and games, kids will learn.

This camp is being taught by Melissa Steinman, vice president of A-B-Sea Foundation which provides marine science education to culturally and geographically isolated populations.

The camps continue throughout the summer each week. Morning sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon and afternoon camps are from — to 4 p.m. The camps are offered for 4- to 6-year-olds and 7- to 10-year-olds.

New this year is a camp for 11 to 15 year olds. "Build a Telescope" is offered in partnership with the Ashland Fiber Network and Southern Oregon Skywatchers. Participants will build telescopes and learn how to use them to discover the wonders of the night sky. The students will gain an appreciation for astronomy and have fun with telescopes. After their training and participation in this program, they will be eligible to check out telescopes as part of the Southern Oregon Skywatchers' telescope lending program. Support from Ashland Fiber Network and Southern Oregon Skywatchers is making this camp and scholarships possible.

Other partners this year include Klamath Bird Observatory who will be partnering with ScienceWorks to teach two bird camps. From exploring raptors to discovering how to protect song birds, these camps will be taught on the ScienceWorks grounds with walking field trips to Willow Wind.

ScienceWorks also offers a partnership with the Ashland Family YMCA. Kids signed up for a morning Soccer Camp on June 25""29 or August 13""17 can be transported from the YMCA to ScienceWorks if they are also signed up for a ScienceWorks afternoon science camp.

Other camps cover topics in engineering challenges, insects, rockets, art and live animals. Full camp descriptions are available at , as well as registration information. A camp brochure can be picked up at ScienceWorks or requested by calling 482-6767.