ExploreHope and Hope College welcome K–12 students to campus for engaging camps and activities! There’s something for everyone!

ExploreHope offers innovative programming for the community allowing K–12 students and teachers to experience hands-on activities in science, engineering, math and the arts. Summer and afterschool programs expand learning opportunities that complement in-classroom goals.

We engage Hope students in these innovative experiential learning programs to provide unique pre-professional experiences to their education.

Additional Information

Participation for all students
ExploreHope aims to include a diverse population of participants that reflect the community at large regardless of financial or logistical barriers to participation. All students are invited to apply and participate in any ExploreHope program. Contact us if you or someone you know needs financial assistance to participate.
2022–2023 Community Event Calendar

Full calendar coming soon.

Community Partnerships and Sponsors
Hope Student Experiential Learning Opportunities

As Hope trains our students to be active, contributing members of their communities, experiential learning opportunities will play a central role in shaping the type of citizen they will become. Student cohorts focus on programs in their area of study while learning team work, project management, curriculum development and instructional skills that are required in their future careers. ExploreHope experiential learning opportunities push students to grow in the areas of:

  • Professional skills
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Program management and delivery
  • Interactions with diverse set of people
  • Teamwork
  • Personal responsibility
  • Professional society meeting presentations

Full-time summer and part-time spring positions available.

Support Us!

ExploreHope is self-funded center of Hope College. Join us in creating innovative learning opportunities for our area youth.

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ExploreHope Blog Posts

  1. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

    Posted by Science Camps '

    May is a great time to appreciate our teachers! This year let’s make it easy for all of us ...

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  2. Celebrate Citizen Science Month!

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    It may be the month of April Fool’s Day, but it is no joke that it is also the month to cel...

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  3. ExploreHope Staff Stories: Step-Up

    Posted by Daniel Sharkey

    Hello, my name is Evan Pepper, and I am one of the camp leaders for ExploreHope’s Summer Sc...

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  4. ExploreHope Staff Stories: Science of Art

    Posted by Daniel Sharkey

    My name is Kate, and this week I had the joy of teaching Science of Art here at ExploreHope Scien...

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  5. ExploreHope Staff Stories: Harry Potter Camp

    Posted by Daniel Sharkey

     Hi! My name is Annie Kuiper, this upcoming fall I will be a Junior here at Hope College. I am g...

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  6. ExploreHope Staff Stories: Cool Critters and Crawlies

    Posted by Daniel Sharkey

    Hi there! My name is Ellie Johnston and this is my first year on the ExploreHope staff! I will be...

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Hope by the Numbers

  • 1,000+Summer Science Camp Participants

    Join more than 1,000 other participants in our fun learning environment this summer.

    Sign up for a Summer Science Camp
  • 20Hope Camp Staff

    Summer Science Camps provides an engaging, pre-professional experiential learning opportunity for students of all majors. We have 20 student employees every summer.

  • 350+Scout Badges Earned

    Over 350 scouts joined us on campus to earn Boy and Girl Scout Badges in 2016.

    Explore our scout programs
  • 15Departmental Partnerships

    15 departments across campus contribute to our innovative camp curriculum.