Science Camp

Pali Institute takes pride in providing hands-on field-based activities that bring classroom science to life. With a fun and educational science camp feel in a natural California mountain environment, we introduce students to numerous scientific disciplines through rocket launching, squid dissection, weather experiments and crime scene investigation! Students will leave with the enthusiasm and knowledge required to take their study of science to the next level.


2 Class Sessions (3 hours)

Natural disasters can strike any time and it is up to our junior architects to be aware of and plan around these catastrophes. The students will learn how to predict natural disasters in our local environment and incorporate safeties into the infrastructure of their buildings. We will simulate earthquakes, landslides and floods in order to put our students' designs to the ultimate test.

Under Pressure

1 Class Session (1.5 hours)

Students gain basic meteorological skills through hands-on activities, exploring various factors and forces that act upon our Earth to create changing weather patterns. They learn the specifics of seven different weather tools, including the use of barometers to record atmospheric pressure and anemometers to determine wind speed. Data collected from various experiments enable our young meteorologists to make a scientific forecast.

Kraken Squid Open

1 Class Session (1.5 hours)

Students learn about adaptation as they dissect a squid, locate appendages, examine organs and gain an understanding of the squid's physiological design. Pali instructors guide students through the process of dissection and teach them the importance of cephalopods to the ecosystem.


2 Class Sessions (3 hours)

The sky is the limit, but not quite the finish line. In this course our young rocket scientists will do the traditional rocket launch. Their engineering skills will then be further tested by applying aerodynamic principles to the ground level. They will build lego cars to test the drag in wind tunnels and use the data collected to improve their designs.

Freshwater Biology

1 Class Session (1.5 hours)

An old favorite returns with our recently renovated pond and improved equipment! Students get their fill of experiential science methods - testing the chemical composition of our pond water and assessing its health by ponding for various macro and micro invertebrates. Students then apply their observations and knowledge to the real world and gain an understanding of the importance of water conservation.

Electro-Magnetic Dynamo

1 Class Session (1.5 hours)

What is this new magnetic wonder? Our junior engineers design and build a Dynamo generator from the ground up and discuss how to harness natural resources to power this machine.

CSI: Pali

1 Class Session (1.5 hours)

Students explore the field of forensics and its importance in criminal justice by forming an investigative unit and working together to solve a mystery. They compare fingerprint patterns, learn about blood types and study handwriting samples. After collecting all of the evidence, they analyze it and employ deductive reasoning to rule out suspects.

Living Fossils

Seasonal Class
1 Class Session (1.5 hours)

Reptiles have been around for quite a long time, some longer than others. Students will visit live animals in our nature center and compare them to fossil evidence in order to decide how similar or different these modern day animals are to their ancient counterparts.