"We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."

– Rockland County, NY, camp director

Kids & Families

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Look closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).

Registration is now closed for 2017 Summer Camp.  See you in 2018!

 

Summer Camp 2017

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 some) excursions on our unique new research vessel. We’ll show campers 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.

Get all the details below, or by clicking on this cover of our 2017 Summer Camps brochure.

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Programs:

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

For most camp weeks, we also offer pre-care (8:30-9:30 a.m.) and extended care (4-5:30 p.m.) for additional fees. These relaxed informal sessions include enrichment science activities, games, crafts, exhibits and more. Reserve those with separate "Buy Tickets" buttons at the bottom of this page.

 

 

Shark Safari (ages 6-8)

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 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.

 

Junior Marine Biologist 1 (ages 9-12)

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 food to feed their animals, dissect squid and fish, and use microscopes to view the unseen world of Long Island Sound. Parent open house on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

 

Ocean Explorers (ages 6-8)

Earth’s oceans are made up of an astounding array of habitats –from icy polar seas to tropical coral reefs –that are home to a dizzying variety of creatures. Campers focus each day on a different marine habitat. The explorations 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 observe animals of Long Island Sound.

 

Junior Marine Biologist 2 (ages 9-12)

Campers learn fundamentals of scientific research by planning and conducting investigations focused on aquatic animals, their behaviors and adaptations. In groups, campers design and carry out a weeklong research project, participate in a multi-day advanced dissection, and cruise out on our research vessel. Open house for parents Friday at 3:30 p.m. 20 camper max. Special 8:45 a.m. dropoff on Wed. Campers must first participate in JMB 1 before taking this program.

 

Junior Aquarist (ages 6-8)

Young scientists dive into the inner workings of the Aquarium in this exciting program. Campers have daily hands-on experiences with animals, including sea stars and turtles, to learn how we care for them. They meet one of our seal trainers and attend a private feeding. They 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 take a scientific expedition to a nearby beach to explore habitats of Sound animals.

 

R/V Oceanography (ages 9-12)

Young oceanographers participate in three cruises aboard our state-of-the-art research vessel. Cruises focus on biodiversity, ecology and exploration of Long Island Sound, including water quality and weather reading, working with crew to operate nets and dredges to sample and collect live animals, and learning how to use navigational tools. Back on site, campers analyze their findings and compare them to historical data, conduct engineering challenges, and explore the Aquarium’s exhibits. Special 8:45 a.m. dropoffs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Teen Apprentice (ages 13-15)

Teens learn first-hand, and hands-on, about the behind-the-scenes operations that keep our seals, sharks, sea turtles, otters and other animals thriving. Apprentices 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 also: create enrichment toys and deliver them to our otters, meerkats and sea turtles; complete an exhibit-design project; and go on collecting expeditions to a local beach and 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 Mammals (ages 5-7)

In this exciting program, campers learn what makes seals, otters, whales and other ocean mammals so special and how they are adapted to survive in their watery world. The week's highlights 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 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 make enrichment toys for our otters.

 

Sound Art

This unique, 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 make seaweed impressions and fish prints, and visit exhibits for inspirations for an ocean collage. Finally, campers receive instruction in watercolor techniques as they paint the riverscape outside the Aquarium. Campers also watch an IMAX movie before presenting their creations at an open house for parents on Friday afternoon (ages 5-7, at 1:30 p.m.; ages 6-8, at 3:30 p.m.)   More details for parents here.

  

Marine Engineering (ages 9-12)

This week’s activities will spark the interest of young engineers. Campers attend the IMAX movie “Dream Big” to learn about engineering all over the world. They participate in a variety of engineering projects and challenges, including: building a roller-coaster model to understand the flow of water; designing and constructing a bridge to go over a waterway; and building a filter to remove marine debris and other pollutants from water. This week also includes a trip aboard our research vessel to observe how our equipment is engineered to help us study the environment. 

 

 

For pre-care, click here and scroll the calendar to the week of your child's camp.  Please note: each day you want pre-care must be registered separately/individually to your cart.  Book pre-care for all 5 days of a program and your price will be discounted as you complete the transaction.

For extended care, click here and scroll the calendar to the week of your child's camp.  Please note: each day you want extended must be registered separately/individually to your cart.  Book pre-care for all 5 days of a program and your price will be discounted as you complete the transaction.  

For "Teen Apprentice" extended care:

 

Payment:

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: campdirector@maritimeaquarium.org

 

Want to register by mail instead of online?  Click here to download our two-page Registration Form.

And you'll want these too:

summer campersParent_Information.pdf

Behavior_Policy.pdf

Health_Exam.pdf

Admin_of_Meds.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: campdirector@maritimeaquarium.org
• mail to: Summer Camp Director: The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT 06854.

 

Questions?

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