Summer Camp

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.


In-Person 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. 

Ages 6 - 8

Shark Safari  
1-week session: June 21 - 25 or August 2 - 6 
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$525 ($475 Members)

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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Habitat Explorers
1-week session: June 28 - July 2 or July 26 - 30 
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$525 ($475 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. Campers continue their expedition with a visit to the local seashore with a movie featuring far away locations.

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Jr. Aquarist  
2-week session: July 12 - 23 or August 9 - 20 
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
$1,050 ($1,000 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 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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Ages 9 - 12

Aquarium Stars - sold out
1-week session: June 21 - 25 
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$525 ($475 Members)

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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Eco-Explorers  
1-week session: June 28 - July 2   
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$525 ($475 members) 

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.  

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Ocean Discovery Team  
2-week session: July 12 - 23 or August 9 - 20 
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$1,150 ($1,100 Members)

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. 

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Jr. Marine Biologist - SOLD OUT
2-week session: July 26 - August 6 
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$1,050 ($1,000 Members)

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.

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Ages 13 - 15

Teen Apprentice  
3-week session: July 5 - 23 or August 2 - 20 
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$1,600 ($1,500 Members) 

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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Policies

Summer 2021 Guidelines
  • Group sizes will follow the Office of Early Childhood guidelines. 
  • 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 and have a doctor's note. 
  • Campers and staff will be required to wear cloth facemasks, except when eating and during certain outdoor activities. 
  • 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 an assigned label seat and cubbie to store personal belongings. Communal bins or switching of seats will not be permitted.
  • 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, 2021.


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: Mondays from 10 - 11 a.m.

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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