Spring Vacation & Summer Camps

Learning doesn't stop just because school is out ... that's when FUN learning begins! The Maritime Aquarium offers educational programs each year during the spring break week of most local school districts and also through the summer. The age-appropriate hands-on activities engage students in ways that demonstrate how exploring our world can be fun and exciting.


Programs

To participate, your child must be the listed age by the first day of the program. Pre-registration is required (no same-day registration allowed.) Enrollment closes 10 days prior to each session's start date. Registration and forms are all done through Camp Docs. Register early to take advantage of our payment plan options!

Member Discounts: Aquarium members receive discounts on camp! Upon registering and paying the deposit for camp, the Aquarium will verify your membership and place a member discount on the balance due in your CampDoc account. 

Summer (Ages 6-8)

Jr. Aquarist

August 3-14

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

$1030 ($980 for Members)

Young aquarists will explore how the aquarium provides top-flight care to our animals. They’ll have daily hands-on experiences participating in the care of animals such as sea stars, crabs and turtles. They’ll meet one of our mammal trainers, attend a private animal training demonstration and make enrichment items for some of our most popular animals.

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Habitat Passport

July 20-24

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

$515 ($465 for members)

Are you curious about all animals, from all over the globe? Featuring exciting classroom visits from animals from the desert, ocean, temperate forest, and rainforest, this camp will allow us to travel around the world without leaving Norwalk. Talk to the experts that care for all our different animals and learn about the unique places they come from.

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Shark Safari

July 27-31 and August 17-21

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

$515 ($465 for members)

It's our very own version of Shark Week! Watch our large sand tiger sharks get fed from behind-the-scenes, meet a live shark in the classroom, and examine shark jaws and skin. Campers will take home a shark tooth necklace featuring teeth from the Aquarium's own sharks. 

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Summer (Ages 9-12)

Eco-Explorers

Aug. 17-21

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$515 ($465 members)

Campers will learn how to become citizen scientists throughout the week. They'll learn about Aquarium and local conservation projects and practice collecting citizen science data at Farm Creek Preserve.

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Ocean Discovery Team

Aug. 3-14

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$1,130 ($1,030 members)

Great for kids interested in marine animals and how things work. Collect data out on Long Island Sound and analyze it back in the classroom; design and test plankton nets; engineer a filter to clean water; and learn about sustainability.

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Junior Marine Biologist - SOLD OUT

July 20-31

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$1,030 ($980 members)

Do the things our marine biologists do … like stocking and maintaining an aquarium, examining animals at the beach and out on the Sound, and studying a favorite animal.

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Summer (Ages 13-15)

Teen Apprentice

August 3-21

8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

$1600( $1500 for members)

Teens work side-by-side with aquarists and educators. They feed animals, monitor animal behaviors, create animal enrichments and perform daily maintenance tasks, and also do research out on the Sound and at a local beach.

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Camp Family Overnight

Camp Family Overnight

Friday, August 14

$70 per person (no member discount)

Campers and their families are invited to join us for a night at the Aquarium! This overnight will include dinner, fun activities and breakfast. 

Open to campers who have participated in our 2020 session only.

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Policies

Summer 2020 Guidelines

  • Group sizes will be limited to 14 campers and 2 counselors per age group.
  • All campers and staff will be required to have their temperature checked and recorded each morning.
    • Any campers or staff with a temperature of 100F or higher are not permitted into the program for that day and cannot return until they are fever free for 24 hours.  
  • Campers and staff will be required to wear cloth facemasks, except when eating.
    • A letter from the child's physician on office letterhead will be required for campers who cannot wear a mask due to a medical or behavioral condition.
  • The Office of Early Childhood requires consent for attending in-person camps during the Covid-19 pandemic. The consent form will be added to CampDoc accounts.
  • Each camp session will have its own classroom space, meaning age groups will always eat and participate in activities separately from each other.  
    • Each camper will have a assigned label seat and cubbie to store personal belongings. Communal bins or switching of seats will not be permitted.
  • We will evaluate field trips to Calf Pasture Beach, Beardsley Zoo, and Sheffield Island closer to each session.
  • Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer pre or extended care options for this summer.
  • The Aquarium will increase its daily sanitation of classrooms and restrooms used by the campers and camp staff. 

Covid-19 Travel Advisory Policy

  • The state of Connecticut has issued an Executive Order 7BBB effective June 25, 2020. The order states that anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positively rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of the last contact within the identified state. More information on this travel advisory, and identified states, can be found here.

  • Any campers traveling into or returning to Connecticut from the identified states (see weblink above) should not attend camp until their 14-day quarantine is complete. Send an email to campdirector@maritimeaquarium.org if this travel advisory impacts your camp registration at The Maritime Aquarium. The term of this policy will coincide with the travel advisory or until Executive Order 7BBB expires.  

Financial Assistance

  • We believe every child should have an opportunity to participate in our summer camp programs. We have limited funds to supply partial scholarships for children to attend 1 session per spring or summer camp season. Please note, full scholarships are not available. To apply, submit a completed scholarship application by email to campdirector@maritimeaquarium.org.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Summer (July through August) Cancellation and Refund Policy: Refunds will be issued (minus a $50 processing fee) if notice of cancellation is received more than 4 weeks in advance of the session start date.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations received within 4 weeks of the start date.
  • Full refunds will be issued if The Maritime Aquarium cancels a camp session.

Payment Plans

  • Summer payment plans must be completed by June 12, 2020


Parent Resources

Click Here for Our Parent Information Pack

Click Here for Our Behavior Policy

Click Here for Our Health Exam Form

Click Here for our Admin of Meds Form

As a Connecticut State-certified camp, we require health exam forms for every camper. Campers bringing medications (inhalers, epi-pens, etc) require an authorization of medication form for each medication. All forms must be submitted through Camp Docs.


Questions?

Please email us at campdirector@maritimeaquarium.org

Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.


Contact Us

Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Members-Only Hours: Weekdays 10:00 - 11:00 am

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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