Summer Camp 2016

Article-images-Classroom3Each week is a hands-on adventure with learning activities in our marine-science classrooms, at spectacular marine exhibits, in our bigger-than-life educational IMAX® movies, and for program excursions on our special new research vessel. We’ll show them the fun side of scientific inquiry. Imagine your children doing experiments, holding a real whale bone, safely handling live crabs and much more! Specific activities, including beach days and field trips, depend upon the particular theme of the session.

summer campers


To participate, your child must be the listed age by the first day of the program.  Each day runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Teen Apprentice runs 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.)


Summer Camp Brochure_2016.pdf

Maritime Aquarium Summer Camp Registration Form 2016.pdf

Junior Marine Biologist 1 (ages 9-12) $450 /Members $400
June 27-July 1 & July 18-22

Campers enter the inner workings of The Maritime Aquarium. Their goal for the week: set up, stock and maintain an aquarium with live animals. Campers learn about water chemistry and use scientific probes to monitor water quality. They grow brine shrimp to feed their animals, dissect squid and fish, and use microscopes to view the unseen world of Long Island Sound. Parent open house Friday afternoon.

Shark Safari (ages 6-8) $450 /Members $400
June 27- July 1 & July 25-29

It’s our very own version of Shark Week, and it’s a lot more exciting than anything on TV!  Campers go behind-the–scenes for a private feeding of our large sharks. They’ll watch our Dive Team swim among the sand tiger sharks, meet the divers, and make shark-tooth necklaces using teeth that our sharks have lost. Other activities include seeing the IMAX film “Great White Shark,” visiting our Shark & Ray Touch Pool, and a classroom visit by live chain cat sharks.

Teen Apprentice (ages 13-15) $1600 /Members $1450
July 11-29 & August 8-26  (3-week program) (Field Trip Program)

Teens will learn first-hand, and hands-on, about the behind-the-scenes operations that keep our seals, sharks, otters, sea turtles and other animals thriving. Apprentices will work side-by-side with aquarists and educators to feed our large sharks, rays, other fish and turtles, and also to maintain healthy water quality in select tanks. They'll also: create enrichment toys and deliver them to our otters, meerkats and sea turtles; and go on a collecting expedition aboard our new research vessel. Exclusive program limited to 12 participants!  Special times: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.  Specially priced. No pre-care. 3 p.m. pick-up on select field trip days.

Ocean Explorers (ages 6-8) $500 /Members $450
July 11-15 & August 22-26 (Field Trip Program)

From icy polar seas to tropical coral reefs, Earth’s oceans are made up of an astounding array of habitats and a dizzying variety of creatures. This week’s campers will focus each day on a different marine habitat. The exploration will include hands-on experiences with live sharks, crabs and sea stars, an IMAX movie, a bird-watching expedition along the Norwalk River, and a trip to a local beach to collect live animals for the Aquarium’s touch tanks.

R/V Oceanography (ages 9-12) $550 /Members $500
July 11-15 and August 1-5 & 15-19 (Field Trip Program)

Our unique new research vessel, R/V Spirit of the Sound™, is the centerpiece of this new program. Young oceanographers will take multiple trips on the water, working with our crew to operate nets and dredges as they help collect live animals. They’ll also take turns controlling our remotely operated vehicle (ROV) as it explores the sea floor in search of shipwrecks. They’ll learn how to navigate using nautical maps and charts, and use a variety of oceanography tools to collect samples and data. For a tween interested in the marine world, this is an unmatched opportunity. Special 8:45 a.m. drop offs Tues.-Thurs.

Junior Aquarist (ages 6-8) $450 /Members $400
July 18-22 & August 8-12 (Field Trip Program)

Young scientists will dive into marine biology and the inner-workings of the Aquarium in this exciting new program. Children will have daily hands-on experiences with animals, including turtles and sea stars. They’ll meet one of our seal trainers and attend a private feeding. They’ll play a variety of aquarium-themed games and participate in hands-on-activities, including making an enrichment toy to present to an Aquarium animal. And we’ll take a scientific expedition to a local beach to collect live animals for the Education Department’s touch tanks.

Junior Marine Biologist 2 (ages 9-12) $450 /Members $400
July 25-29 & August 8-12 (Field Trip Program)

Campers learn fundamentals of scientific research by conducting experiments focused on aquatic animals, their behaviors and adaptations for survival. In groups, campers design and carry out a weeklong research  project, and also participate in a multi-day advanced dissection. Open house for parents Friday afternoon. 20 camper max.  Special 8:45 a.m. drop off on Wed. Campers must first participate in JMB 1 before taking this program.

Sound Arts (ages 6-8) $450 /Members $400
August 1-5

This unique and engaging combination of art and science education is back by popular demand! Young artists tour the Aquarium and choose an animal to sketch in preparation for creating a clay sculpture. They’ll make ghostly seaweed impressions and fish prints, and visit our exhibits for inspirations for an ocean collage. Finally, campers will receive instruction in watercolor techniques as they paint the riverscape outside the Aquarium. Campers also will watch an IMAX movie before presenting their artistic creations at an open house for parents on Friday afternoon.

NEW! Ocean Mammals (ages 6-8) $450 /Members $400
August 15-19

From otters to seals to whales, mammals are among the best-loved ocean denizens.  In this exciting new program, campers will learn what makes these animals so special and how they are adapted to survive in their watery world.  The week's highlights will include getting  up-close and personal with our seals ­– and a seal trainer – at a private feeding before the Aquarium opens to the public.  They'll also see humpback whales life-size on our giant IMAX screen and play games that model how sea lion moms and pups recognize each other's calls.  Most exciting of all, campers will make enrichment toys for our otters.

Junior Marine Biologist 3 (ages 10-14) $500 /Members $450
August 22-26 (Field Trip Program)

Discover the excitement and possibilities of conducting research in the field. Campers will receive an introduction to local field research projects before designing their own that will be conducted at our local beach. They’ll learn about career opportunities and put together a poster of their project to be displayed during Fridays poster reception for parents. 20 camper max.  Campers must first participate in JMB 1 & 2 before taking this program.


To participate, your child must be the listed age by the start of the program.
Pre-registration is required. No walk-up sales.
Full payment is due upon registration. 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.


9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.   For prices, see programs chart at far right.
(“Teen Apprentice” 3-week program meets from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.)

Pre-Care & Extended Care are relaxed informal services that include enrichment science activities, games, crafts, IMAX movies and visits to Aquarium exhibits.

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.      $20 a day ($15 members) or
$85 a week ($65 members).
Extended Care
4 - 5:30 p.m.          $40 a day ($35 members) or
$170 a week ($150 members).
For the three-week “Teen Apprentice” program, Extended Care is from 2 - 5:30 p.m. and has special pricing of $700/session. ($650 for members.)



Full payment is due upon registration. 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.

Registration is required. No walk-up sales permitted. You’ll receive a confirmation packet that includes a parent information field trip forms, and REQUIRED medical forms. You can also fill out the forms below and either fax to: 203-852-8892 or email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Maritime Aquarium Summer Camp Registration Form 2016.pdf















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.

Financial Assistance

If you qualify for the School Lunch Program, you qualify for subsidy for a summer session. Financial Aid is available for one session per child.
Application forms are available: Click here: Individual Financial Form• by calling 203-852-0700, ext. 1201
• e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
• mail to: Summer Camp Director: The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT 06854.



Call our Camp Director at 203-852-0700, ext. 1201, or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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.

10 North Water Street  •  Norwalk, CT 06854
Tel: 203-852-0700

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

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