The University of Alabama

What do you want to learn this summer?

We offer a variety of fun and intriguing summer programs for students of all ages. Whatever your interests, we have a program for you! Scroll down this page to discover all the ways you can grow this summer at The University of Alabama.

Alabama Museum of Natural History Expedition 36

Middle School Week (6th - 8th graders): June 9 - 14
High School Week (9th - 12th graders): June 16 - 21
Public Camp Week (Open to all ages): June 23 - 28

Search for traces of Alabama’s antebellum past, hunt for fossils and work side-by-side with scientists in the field of archaeology and paleontology — all while having fun and forging friendships that will last a lifetime. There is nothing else quite like it in the state of Alabama! Choose from one of three exciting sessions depending on age and interest. No previous experience or specialized equipment is necessary for participation. Call (205) 348-7550 or e-mail us at for additional information. Spaces are limited so sign up soon!

Alabama Museum of Natural History Summer Field Trips

June - August

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 ten. The Museum provides the transportation and equipment. For more information call (205) 348-7550 or e-mail us at

July 11: Shark's Tooth Creek Fossil Trip
July 12: Canoeing on Bear Creek
July 15: Tubing the Little Cahaba River
July 17: Canoeing the Coosa River
July 19: Shark’s Tooth Creek Fossil Trip
July 29: Tubing the Little Cahaba River
July 31: Canoeing North River

August 1: Canoeing the Coosa River
August 2: Shark’s Tooth Creek Fossil Trip
August 9: Shark’s Tooth Creek Fossil Trip

Summer Camps

Art Day Camp: June 2 - 6

Discover art in science and nature during this week long half-day camp at the Alabama Museum of Natural History. 3rd-5th graders are invited to explore the world around them through a variety of art mediums including sculpture, painting, and photography. For more information or to register, call (205) 348-7550 or e-mail Spaces are limited, so sign up soon!

Science Day Camp: July 21 - 25

Join us for a fun filled week exploring Alabama’s wonderful scientific diversity. Learn about fossils, watersheds, fish, reptiles and much more as we discover Alabama in this full day camp. 5th-8th graders are invited to experience hands-on science in the field alongside real scientists! For more information or to register, call (205) 348-7550 or e-mail Spaces are limited, so sign up soon!

Alabama Summer Computer Camps

High School: July 21 - 25, July 28 - August 1
Middle School: August 4 - 8

The University of Alabama Department of Computer Science within the College of Engineering will host a series of Computer Science camps from July 21st – August 8th, 2014 for both middle and high schools students. High School students will be given an option to stay in our dormitories as residential campers or commuters. Middle school camps are only offered for those who can commute. Students will be taught multiple topics of Computer Science while learning to program a computer in several exciting contexts (e.g., Scratch and robotics at the middle school camps; and Java, robotics control and smartphone apps with App Inventor at the high school camps). The Computer Science camps are taught by faculty and staff in a manner that encourages self-exploration across multiple projects.

Contact: Dr. Jeff Gray at or (205) 348-2847 (email preferred)

Athletic Camps

June – July

The University of Alabama offers camps for 16 varsity sports (football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, softball, men's and women's track, men's and women's swimming, gymnastics, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, and cheerleading). The camps are held on various dates, June through July. For more information on these camps, call (205) 348-3600 or visit

Athletic Training Camp

July 12 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

The University of Alabama Jr. High and High School Athletic Training Student Aide Camp Staff invites you to learn about athletic training from the athletic trainers 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 current concepts in athletic training and is taught by certified athletic trainers who work at The University of Alabama.

Topics to be covered include:
Basic Anatomy, Mechanisms of Sport Injuries, Gait Analysis, Evaluation Techniques, Taping and Wrapping, Concussion Assessment.

All camp activities will be conducted in the Football Athletic Training Room located in the Mal Moore Football Facility off Bear Bryant Drive.

Cost of Attendance (includes camp t-shirt, lunch and dinner):
Early bird registration: $100
Postmarked after July 10th: $125

Contact: Dr. Jeri Zemke at

Camp Cash

June 9 - 13 (8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Hosted by the College of Human Environmental Sciences, Camp Cash is a one-week, Monday through Friday, experience for middle school students, ages 11 - 14, interested in developing essential money management skills, experiencing college life, and enhancing confidence, self-esteem, and leadership skills.

To qualify, campers must have an A/B grade average and be motivated to work hard and take advantage of the opportunities available in this unique hands-on learning workshop. Topics include financial goal setting, budgeting, credit use, investing, insurance, wealth accumulation, and career planning.

Total cost of $99 includes course materials, snacks, and Camp Cash t-shirt. Application available at

Contact: Jan Brakefield at or (205) 348-8722

Community Music School

Summer Lessons and Kindermusik: June 2 – August 1
Children's Musical Camp – Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn KIDS: July 14 – 25
Summer String Camp: July 28 – August 2

The CMS is an outreach program of the School of Music (Moody Music Bldg.) at The University of Alabama. Designed to enrich the quality of life through exposure and study of the arts, students of all ages and abilities are invited to participate. Lessons, beginning-level camps, ensembles, and Kindermusik classes available. Teachers include UA faculty, area professionals with advanced music degrees, graduate students, and carefully selected undergraduate music students.

Private summer lesson days/times are flexible and are offered June 2 – August 1 (closed July 4). To enroll, visit our office, 171 Moody Music Bldg., UA Campus or visit–school.

Contact: Dr. Jane Weigel at or (205) 348-6741

Crimson Music Camps

Jazz/Improvisation and Marching Percussion Camp: June 12 - 15
Concert Band, Piano and Vocal/Choral/Opera Camp: June 15 - 20

The University of Alabama School of Music and University Bands is pleased to host the annual Crimson Music Camp for 2014. This summer, we will offer two weeks of instruction with programs in Concert Band (Junior High and Senior High), Marching Percussion, Jazz, Voice/Choral/Opera and Piano. Students enrolled in the camp will be under the leadership and guidance of the artist-faculty members of the University of Alabama School of Music. Joining the UA faculty will be guest faculty members recognized as expert leaders in the field of instrumental music education. Each member of our camp leadership team and faculty will work diligently to ensure that each student receives the highest quality camp experience. Our camps offer small group sectionals and coaching, specialized courses, and master classes…all this while spending time sharing music with some of the most outstanding musicians and teachers in the country. We also provide our campers with a Crimson Music Camp T-Shirt, supervised recreation time each evening, and a fantastic finale concert. Educational and insightful classes and rehearsals during the day, combined with fun-filled evening activities make Crimson Music Camp 2014 the place to be! Residential and commuter options available. Don’t miss it! Online registration will open on Monday, March 3, 2014 and close on Friday, May 2, 2014.

Contact: Heath Nails at or (205) 348-6068

The Long Weekend - Summer Multimedia Journalism Camp

June 13 - 15

The Alabama Scholastic Press Association at the University of Alabama invites middle and high school students (grades 6-12) to attend its summer journalism camp, The Long Weekend, on campus June 13-15. Students can attend with or without their media staffs and advisers. Students with no prior experience can also attend.

The cost for the weekend is $125, which includes room and board, tuition and all meals. ASPA Director Meredith Cummings said the University of Alabama journalism department is proud to carry on summer programs, are a vital part of ASPA, which is celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012. The camp is designed to teach creative and efficient ways to communicate through scholastic newspapers, newsmagazines, yearbooks, literary magazines, broadcast programs and digital media. It allows students to enjoy a taste of college life and invigorate their interest in scholastic media.

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 an awards presentation, students will have a great start on the upcoming year, and will leave with a solid plan for their school newspaper, yearbook, broadcast program, Web site or literary magazine. If they attend the camp without a staff, they will leave with skills they need to do great journalism in any medium.

Students can register online at The deadline for registration is June 6.

Contact: ASPA Director Meredith Cummings at or (205) 348-ASPA

Moundville Archeological Park Indian Summer Day Camps

Session 1: June 2 - 6
Session 2: July 28 - August 1

Each identical session of Indian Summer Day Camp is a week-long program offered for 9 to 13 year olds interested in Native American arts and lifeways. Among other things, kids focus on several different art projects including pottery, weaving and gourd crafts. Activities include hiking, gathering wild foods, touring an archaeological laboratory, playing Native American games, museum and park tours, storytelling and sampling authentic Native American cuisine.

Located at Moundville Archaeological Park, campers from Tuscaloosa can be picked up from Smith Hall on the University of Alabama campus at 8:30 am and returned at 4:30 pm.

The cost for day camp is $200 per child per week. For more information call 205-371-8732 or email A registration form is available on the Moundville website at

Rural Health Scholars Program

May 25 - 27

Want to be a health care professional or scientist? Then the Rural Health Scholars Program or Minority Rural Health Pipeline Program — both of which introduce qualified high school juniors and seniors to the health professions, science, education, and college life — might be right for you. You'll stay on campus, take college-level courses, attend field trips and seminars, and learn through hands-on experiences how science and technology are important tools in becoming a health care professional or scientist.

Contact: Cynthia Moore at or (205) 348-3116

Rural Minority Health Scholars Program

May 25 - 27

Rural Minority Health Scholars Programs is a five-week summer program for recent high school graduates (current seniors) who are interested in becoming physicians and returning to rural Alabama to practice. Students will shadow a physician in Tuscaloosa and take one academic course for credit.

Contact: Cynthia Moore at or (205) 348-3116

SITE (Student Introduction to Engineering)

Three Sessions Beginning July 6, 13, and 20

Ever wonder what makes bridges capable of withstanding 100-mph winds or why a skyscraper doesn't collapse during an earthquake? Perhaps you'll be an engineer someday. Come to The University of Alabama campus to learn what high school courses you will need to excel as an engineer and to discover if engineering is the right career for you. For high school students entering the 11th and 12th grades.

Contact: Gregory L. Singleton at or (205) 348-1447