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Learning doesn't stop just because school is out ... that's when FUN learning begins! The Maritime Aquarium offers educational programs featuring age-appropriate hands-on activities that will demonstrate how exploring our world can be fun and exciting.
Please note: we will not be offering spring vacation camp this year.
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.
It’s our very own version of Shark Week! Campers will join our aquarists behind-the-scenes for a private feeding of our large sand tiger sharks. They’ll meet our team of divers and watch as they swim with sharks in our Open Ocean exhibit. Other exciting activities will include a private visit to the shark & ray touch pool where they’ll help hand-feed our friendly stingrays, a classroom visit by a live shark, and seeing a movie in the Aquarium’s new 4D theatre. Campers will take home a necklace featuring teeth shed by the aquarium’s very own sharks.
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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. Campers continue their expedition with a visit to the local seashore with a movie featuring far away locations.
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 seal training demonstration and make enrichment items for some of our most popular animals. Campers will have a chance to get their hands wet as they take a trip to explore the local shoreline. They’ll also play a variety of aquarium-themed games, and get to experience the Aquarium’s new 4D theatre.
The animals are the stars of this week-long series. Each day will be dedicated to one of our marquee groups of animals including seals and mammals, sharks and fish, jellies and corals, turtles, and more! Campers will get to explore the exhibits dedicated to these species and have opportunities for private demonstrations or hands-on experiences including helping to feed some animals. Campers will learn more about our star animals by watching a movie in the Aquarium’s new 4D theatre!
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Investigate the different biomes on our planet and in our Just Add Water exhibit. Campers discover how ecosystems exist within biomes and how communities of animals are connected during a shoreline exploration at a local beach. Campers will participate in a citizen science project learning how to use inaturalist to collect biodiversity information, and cruise aboard the Aquarium’s research vessel to help the Aquarium collect data on the animals of Long Island Sound. Campers are encouraged to bring a cell phone or tablet to use as part of the citizen scientist project.
Calling all young scientists! This session features a combination of marine research and engineering in order to instill in young people the knowledge of how we study the oceans to identify the challenges it faces. Campers will learn about the different types of research projects the Aquarium is conducting and work side-by-side with crew on the Aquarium’s research vessel to collect data from biological, chemical, and environmental surveys. Back on land and in the lab, they will analyze their data in order to understand changes that are occurring in Long Island Sound and monitor water quality from our docks. On the engineering side, they will design and test their own plankton nets, participate in marine debris tracking, and brainstorm designs to reduce and remove marine debris.
Marine biologists work in the lab and in the field; through this in-depth program, young biologists will get a taste of both worlds. In the lab, they’ll set-up, stock, and maintain an aquarium. They’ll learn about and conduct daily care for their animals and learn to use probes to monitor water quality just like the Aquariums aquarist do. In the field, they will record biodiversity data aboard our research vessel from several sites in Norwalk Harbor. Then they’ll use their new biological knowledge to design and carry out a scientific investigation of the behavior or physiology using animals from their tanks. Campers will also get an opportunity to experience the Aquarium’s new 4D theatre.
This extremely popular behind-the-scenes experience provides a small group of teens with the opportunity to learn first-hand and hands-on about the operations that keep our marine and terrestrial animals thriving. Apprentices work side-by-side with aquarists and educators to feed our large sharks, rays, fish, and turtles, to monitor the behavior of key animals, create enrichments, and help perform daily maintenance tasks for select exhibits. They will participate in research at the local shoreline and aboard the Aquarium’s research vessel, as well as a local service-learning project. This exclusive program is limited to 14 participants. Additional field trips will be announced before the start of the session.
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