Summer Camp 2018

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Each session is a hands-on adventure with learning activities in our science classrooms, at our spectacular marine exhibits, in our bigger-than-life educational IMAX® movies, and – for some programs – during excursions to the beach or aboard our unique new research vessel. We’ll show campers the fun side of science.


Policies

Financial Assistance

Financial Aid is available for one session per child. To apply, please complete the scholarship application form and send to campdirector@maritimeaquarium.org

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Refunds will be issued (less a $50 processing fee) only if notice of cancellation is received more than 4 weeks in advance of session. There will be a $25 processing fee to switch sessions.


Pre-Care & Extended Care

For most camp weeks, we also offer pre-care and extended care. These relaxed informal sessions include enrichment science activities, games, crafts, exhibits and more. Except where noted, pre-care is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and costs $20 per day (for Aquarium members and non-members) or $85 per week ($65 for Aquarium members), and extended care is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and costs $40 per day (for Aquarium members and non-members) or $170 per week ($150 for members).  To sign up, you must reserve these separately when you reserve your camp program(s). 


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.) With the exception of the Alaska trip, enrollment closes 10 days prior to each session's start date.

New this year! Registration and forms will all be done online through Camp Docs.


Age 5

Ocean Critters

July 23-27

1-week half-day camp. AM: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  or PM: 1-4 p.m.

$300 ($250 for Members)

Calling all ocean animal lovers! Each day of this new camp program, we will read an entertaining story about a different ocean animal, create puppet, mask, or headband crafts, play a game, and visit an Aquarium exhibit. Special live animal friends will make an appearance on select days. 20 camper max. Child must be potty-trained to enroll in this program. No pre- or extended care available. Register Here

Seal Pups 

July 30-Aug. 3

1-week half-day camp. AM: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  or PM: 1-4 p.m.

$300 ($250 for members)

Seals are the stars of this week of marine fun! Through stories, a visit with a seal trainer and watching a seal training demonstration, learning the names of our seals and how to tell them apart, participating in hands-on activities, games, and crafts, youngsters will gain a new appreciation for the aquarium’s highest profile residents! 20 camper max. Child must be potty-trained to enroll. No pre or extended care available. Register Here


Ages 6-8

Secret Worlds

June 18-22 or July 30-Aug. 3

1- week camp. 9:30 a.m.-4p.m.

$500 ($450 for Aquarium members)

Discover the biomes of the world without leaving the Aquarium. Campers will learn how water influences such unique habitats as deserts, grasslands, temperate forests and rain forests, while meeting live animal representatives from each. Plus, campers will get insights into wildlife in their own back yard through a trip to a local beach and through our newest IMAX film, “Backyard Wilderness.” 30 camper max. Register Here

Shark Safari

June 25-29 or July 23-27

1- week camp. 9:30 a.m.-4p.m.

$500 ($450 for Aquarium members)

It’s our very own exciting version of “Shark Week!” Campers will go behind-the-scenes to see the feeding of our large sand tiger sharks. They’ll meet our team of divers and watch as the divers swim among the sharks. Other activities include helping to hand-feed our friendly sting rays, a classroom visit by a live shark, and seeing the IMAX movie “Great White Shark.” Campers will take home a necklace featuring teeth shed by the Aquarium’s very own sharks. 30 camper max. Register Here

Junior Aquarist 

July 9-20 or Aug. 6-17

2-week camp. 9:30 a.m.-4p.m.

$1,000 ($950 for members)

Young aquarists will explore how the Aquarium provides topflight care to our animals. They’ll have daily hands-on experiences in the care of such animals 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. Other activities: exploring a local beach, and visiting the Beardsley Zoo for a zoo-based perspective on animal care. 25 camper max. Special 8 a.m. drop-off time on second Wednesday for zoo trip. Register Here

Surf & Turf 

Aug. 20-24

1- week camp. 9:30 a.m.-4p.m.

$500 ($450 for Aquarium or Stepping Stones members)

A new collaboration between The Maritime Aquarium and Stepping Stones Museum for Children! Campers spend Monday, Wednesday & Friday at the Aquarium, and Tuesday & Thursday at Stepping Stones. They will participate in activities about water, energy and habitats, meet animal ambassadors from habitats around the world, build a take-home project to support wildlife in their own backyard, and see an IMAX movie. 20 campers max. Pre-care available all week. Extended-care available Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Register Here


Ages 9-12

Junior Marine Biologist 

June 18-29 or July 30-Aug. 10

2-week camp. 9:30 a.m.-4p.m.

$1,000 ($950 for members)

Campers will get a taste for how marine biologists work both in the lab and in the field. In our classroom lab, they’ll set up an aquarium and care for their animals, monitor water quality, and grow brine shrimp as food. In the field, they’ll visit a beach and cruise out on our research vessel. Then they’ll use their new knowledge to design and carry out a scientific investigation of the behavior or physiology of an aquarium animal. Open house for parents on last Friday at 3:30 p.m. 25 camper max. Special 8:45 a.m. drop-off time on second Tuesday for cruise. Register Here

Ocean Discovery Team

July 9-20 or Aug. 13-24

2-week camp. 9:30 a.m.-4p.m.

$1,100 ($1,050 for members)

This session blends marine research and engineering in focusing on how we study the oceans and building creative solutions to address challenges that the oceans face. Campers will learn about the Aquarium’s current research, and work side-by-side with our research-vessel crew to collect and analyze animal and water data from Long Island Sound. They’ll design and test plankton nets, work a remotely operated submersible, and more. 25 camper max. Special 8:45 a.m. drop-off on first & second Tuesdays and first Thursday for cruises. Register Here

Ocean Explorers

July 23-27

1- week camp. 9:30 a.m.-4p.m.

$500 ($450 for Aquarium members)

This week highlights the best that The Maritime Aquarium has to offer! Activities include a week-long marine-technology building project, an exploration of a local beach, and a cruise aboard the Aquarium’s research vessel to meet animals brought up right out of Long Island Sound. They’ll go behind-the-scenes to learn about how we care for our animals and how to become a citizen scientist. 30 camper max. Special 8:45 a.m. drop-off time on Thursday for cruise. Register Here


Ages 13-15

Teen Apprentice 

July 9-27 or Aug. 6-24

3-week camp. 8 a.m.-2p.m.

$1,600 ($1,500 members) Special pricing of $1,400/$1,300 when July session is booked in conjunction with the Alaska Trip.

This in-depth experience lets teens learn about the operations that keep our animals thriving. Apprentices work side-by-side with aquarists and educators to: feed our sharks, rays, fish and turtles; monitor the behavior of key animals; and maintain healthy water quality. They also create enrichment toys for our otters, meerkats and sea turtles, and go on expeditions at a beach and aboard our research vessel. Limit of 14 participants. Parent open house on last day at 2 p.m. Teens are encouraged to extend their experience by joining the Alaska expedition departing the day after end of Session 1. No-pre-care available. Register Here


Ages 13-16

Expedition Alaska

July 28 - Aug. 6

$3,995 (price includes gratuities) 

Sea otters, dolphins, orcas, sea lions and whales! These are some of the most exciting animals in the marine world, and seeing them in the wild is an experience that nature-loving teens will remember for their whole lives. We’ll depart early Sunday morning and, by late afternoon, be in Cordova, Alaska, on the shore of Prince William Sound. The next week will be spent on land and water, exploring the marine and terrestrial habitats of this phenomenal ecosystem. Cordova is home to one of the largest sea otter concentrations in the world, with an estimated 12,000 living within 25 miles of our base for the week: the fantastic Orca Adventure Lodge. Aboard a comfortable catamaran, teens and their guides will seek out otter mothers and pups and scan the water for other marine mammals, including the magnificent Dall’s porpoise and humpback whales. Led by Aquarium educators and a talented group of local guides, this once-in-a-lifetime experience is not to be missed! Register Here


Parent Resources

Parent Information Pack

Behavior Policy

Health Exam Form

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?

Call our Camp Director at 203-852-0700, ext. 1201, or e-mail: 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.

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Phone: (203) 852-0700

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Norwalk, CT 06854

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