Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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.
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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.
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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