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Grandchildren's University

UW-Whitewater Grandchildren's University

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Have fun learning together this summer at UW-Whitewater's Grandchildren's University event.  Children and grandparents will go to college together, sharing educational experiences and campus fun.

Learn together - play together - grow together!

  • Share a suite in our air-conditioned Starin Hall.
  • Learn through hands-on activities and earn a "degree" in your major.
  • Enjoy an evening full of bowling, swimming and board games.
  • Meet other grandparents and their grandchildren

  This camp is available to grandchildren ages 7-14 in 2019.

Date: Friday, June 21 - Saturday, 22, 2019


Register Online closed

Online registration is available for groups of two-four people.  Please call 262-472-3165 if you would like to register a group of 5 or more. 

Registrations accepted online until noon on 6/19/19. We do NOT accept walk up registrations.

Art: Cast Heirloom Badge - Sold Out


Want to design and fabricate your own pewter object? You will be guided in ways to discover your potential to communicate through metal. Grandparents and grandchildren will work collaboratively to use traditional and contemporary techniques to make molds for casting pewter objects. The objects could be used as a talisman, heirloom, jewelry, or something original!

Capacity: 12
Ages Recommended: Ages 10-14
Physical Activity Level: Low

Notes of Interest:  For safety in the studio, campers should plan to wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and natural fiber clothing as well as glasses if you wear contact lenses.  Please also bring any and all objects that you would like to incorporate in your heirloom jewelry project (jewelry, shells, buttons, etc.) or that will inspire your creation.
Instructor: Dr. Teresa Faris directs UW-Whitewater’s Metals program and is co-author of the Women of Metal Exhibition and Oral History Project. She has received a number of awards including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts 2008. She exhibits extensively in Europe and the US. Recent work, publications and exhibition are listed on her website at

Biology: Mammal Skulls and Tracks


Description: Do you know how to track a wolf? Can you tell what an animal eats by its teeth? Do you know why your pet dog listens to you while your cat ignores you? Well come and find the answers to these questions and more. We’ll study the shape of teeth in mammal skulls, find out about pack behavior and learn about animal tracks. We’ll also learn how to make plaster casts of animal track. There are many mammal skulls for you to examine. You’ll get to make a plaster casting of animals track such as a bear, wolf or cougar to take home.

Capacity: 20
Ages Recommended: 7-12
Physical Activity Level: Low

Notes of Interest:  We will be making a plaster casts of tracks. Please wear clothing that can get plaster on it.
Instructor: George Clokey

Chemistry: Materials and Energy - sold out


In this major, grandparents and grandchildren will work together in the chemistry laboratory to make fun products. You will build a battery and make silly putty, explode gun cotton, create glow sticks, and much more. In these exciting hands-on experiments, you will learn about electrochemistry, polymer chemistry, thermodynamics, equilibrium chemistry, and explore the physical world of chemistry by testing the properties of materials made in the chemistry laboratory.

Capacity: 20
Ages Recommended: 8-14
Physical Activity Level: Low indoor lab activities

Notes of Interest:  Campers will be working with acids, bases and corrosive chemicals in the laboratory.  For safety in the laboratory, campers are required to wear long pants, closed toes shoes, and natural fiber clothing (cotton or wool).  Clothing may get stained from the chemicals in the laboratory, so please wear clothing you don't mind getting stained or holes in.  Chemical safety goggles (indirect vent) are required to be worn in the laboratory when working with chemicals.  We will have goggles for you.

Instructor: Eric Stoner

Genetics: Genetics Engineering in Tadpoles (How to make tadpoles make light like a firefly)


Have you ever watched fireflies make light at night? Scientists have figured that out and use that information to make mice, fish, plants, and even bacteria make light like a firefly. In this major, you and your grandparents will investigate how we can genetically engineer bacteria and frogs to make light and how a fertilized egg becomes a frog! We will design and carry out an experiment using our light producing tadpoles to help us answer some amazing scientific questions.

Capacity: 24
Ages Recommended: 7-14
Physical Activity Level: Low

Instructor: Kris Curran is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences where she teaches Introductory Biology, Cell Biology, and Developmental Biology. She conducts research in the development of circadian rhythm during early frog development.

Paleontology - Sold Out


Description: Learn about how geologists study ancient earth using the remains of many different types of animal fossils found in southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. You will visit a local rock quarry to collect your own fossils that you may take home to keep. Grandparents and grandchildren will work together in the paleontology laboratory to identify their fossils. Through hands-on activities, everyone will learn how to professionally clean and prepare the fossils using multiple research instruments.

Capacity: 20
Ages Recommended: 8-14
Physical Activity Level: Moderate during the field trip to the local quarry (some walking, hammering and light rock lifting is necessary); Low during the indoor lab activities.

Notes of Interest: For the quarry trip, wear old clothing and close-toed shoes that you will not mind getting dirty.
Instructor: Rex Hanger is a Professor of Geology in the Department of Geography, Geology & Environmental Science at UW-Whitewater, where he teaches courses on paleontology, stratigraphy, oceanography, historical geology and field geology. He conducts research on fossils of the Ordovician through Cretaceous periods from throughout the Western United States, South America and Europe.

Resident Camper: $210 per person

Participants will be staying in the air-conditioned Starin Hall suites. Maximum capacity of each suite is four.  Groups larger than four will be split into two or more suites as necessary. Groups of two may be housed with another registered group.  These suites provide four separate bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living space, and a kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker. You must provide your own bedding, pillows, linen, shower and hand towels, utensils, cookware, and dinnerware. Basic toiletries, like soap, are not provided. The residence hall has a secured entrance and the campers are monitored by the residence hall directors, assistants, and by our own camp counseling staff. Resident campers will have three well-balanced meals each full day. Meals are included in the registration fee.

Commuter Camper: $170 per person

Commuters are campers who elect not to stay overnight in the residence halls. Commuters do not eat breakfast on campus but will be provided with lunch and dinner. 

Fees Include

The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt* and insurance. The commuter fee includes noon and evening meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt* and insurance.

*T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by 6/12/19.


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of the event.  Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start date of the event session in order to receive a refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit. Cancellation requests received less than 21 days from the start of the event will receive a refund minus a 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of the event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant's name, event title and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such a case, all fees paid will be refunded or the registrant can choose to apply fees to a different summer event.

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

Pre-camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre-camp information includes grandchildren's health form and medication requirements (medication requirements complete only if taking meds at this event), check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. If any medical information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Continuing Education Services at

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Risk Assessment Form

Please bring Risk Agreement Form that is needed for field trips off campus. This form is required by the Risk Management and Safety office. You can download the form here.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Summer Camp Rules

UW-Whitewater will hold all campers responsible for their conduct. Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from camp. Campers dismissed from the camp will not receive a refund. Review Summer Camp Rules for more details.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here.


Parking permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times, with the exception of the location of the time of check-in/check-out and 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays.  Registrants driving themselves and keeping their car on campus must pick up a parking permit from director at check in.  More information on parking is on the Visitor Center website.

You may temporarily park in Lot 3 next to Starin Hall to unload your belongings.  We suggest that you check in to get your room key and parking pass before bringing your belonging in (less for you to handle while waiting in line).  There will be staff to help you unload your car.  Once unloaded, you will then need to move your car to Lot 7 and can unpack your belonging in your assigned room. Please make sure you move your car after it is unload to make room for campers arriving after you.

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home (iPod, Fitbit, cell phones, etc), but ultimately it is your decision. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Typical Daily Schedule


Time Event

8:30 am - 9:30

Residence Hall Registration/Move-in at Starin Hall

9:30 am - 10:00 

Welcome and Opening

10:15 am - 12:00

Major Classes

12:00 pm -1:15 


1:30 pm - 4:00

Major Classes

4:15 pm - 5:15

Campus Scavenger Hunt

5:30 pm - 6:30


7:00 pm - 9:00

Optional Evening Activities - Open Swim, Bowling, Pool, Board Games, Video Games and Stargazing at the Observatory


Time Event

7:45 am - 8:45


9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Major Classes

12:15 pm - 1:15


1:30 pm - 2:30

GCU Commencement 

2:30 pm - 3:00

Starin Hall Checkout

 *All times are subject to change, the pre-camp info will have the accurate schedule


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.