Explore the ocean from top to bottom this summer with Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Summer Learning Adventure Camps

June 22 - August 21, 2015

Accredited by the American Camp Association

From the classroom to the seashore, our accredited Summer Learning Adventure Camps merge scientific exploration with hands-on fun and learning. Campers ages 4-15 investigate marine habitats, create ocean art projects, learn about careers in oceanography, and combine the science and sports of surfing and snorkeling, all while making new friends and memories.

Participants must provide their own snorkel gear and transportation to and from each day’s location.

Registration begins Monday, March 2 for aquarium members
(Aquarium Associates membership level or above).

General registration begins Monday, March 9.

::Registered Summer Camp Parents:: please click here for information about your child's camp including medical forms, parent guides and site locations. Check your email confirmation for your username and password.

schedule Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pdf
schedule See this year's "Camps at a Glance" Schedule pdf

Camps by Grade

*Enroll your child according to the grade he/she will enter in Fall 2014.

Please click on the grade levels for class descriptions and galleries.

video Entering Pre-K and Kindergarten, Minimum Age: 4

Fee: Public $210 (members $185)

Sea Squirts
Sea Slugs

video  Entering Grades 1-2

Fee: Public $210 (members $185)

  Only One Ocean
Ocean Playground

video  Entering Grades 2-3

Fee: Public $365 (members $330)

  Seaside Explorers Camp
Ocean Explorers Camp

video  Entering Grades 4-6

Fee: Public $255 (members $230)**

  Snorkel Camp 
Shark Encounters 
Marine Biologist for a Week
** Ocean Adventures Camp: FEE: Members $355; Public $395

video  Entering Grades 7-9

So, You Want To Be An Oceanographer? FEE: Members $230; Public $255
Surfing Into Science FEE: Members $355; Public $395

video Download descriptions of all 2014 Summer Camps (PDF)


How to Register

Sessions fill quickly, so be sure to register early. Birch Aquarium members at the Aquarium Associates level or above can take advantage of priority registration starting on Monday, March 3. Public registration begins on March 10 and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enroll your child according to the grade he/she will enter in Fall 2014. Our programs are designed for the age group specified and age grouping will be strictly upheld. Birth certificate verification may be required for any child entering Pre-K camps.

Registering online will be the quickest and most secure way to process your payment. You can also register by phone or in person. We accept payments by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card), cash, or check. We cannot hold your child's space in a program until we have received full payment.

Once your registration is processed, a confirmation packet will be emailed to you instantly. If you do not receive this email please contact us as soon as possible. This email will contain important information directing you to a password safe website where you will be able to download all of your camp details (map, waivers, camp description, supplies needs, etc.). It is important that you visit this web page to obtain the items needed for the first day of camp.

For more information on programs and registration, please call Visitor Services from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., daily.

Phone: 858-534-7336    Fax: 858-534-6692
Email: birchaquariumprograms@ucsd.edu


Enjoy discounts on Summer Learning Adventure Camps by becoming a Birch Aquarium member. Join at our Aquarium Associates level or above and receive priority camp registration!

Membership includes unlimited admission to Birch Aquarium at Scripps for one year, guest passes, discounts to the aquarium café, the Birch Aquarium Gift Shop, and more! Call 858-534-5771 or go online to become a member today.

Financial Aid

Thanks to the generosity of various donors, a limited amount of financial aid is available for campers who demonstrate financial need. For more information and an application, click here or call Visitor Services at 858-534-7336

Cancellation Policy

Camps are refundable until seven days prior to the start of that camp, less a $25 service charge. There will be no refunds within one week of the camp. This policy allows us to maintain quality programs at the current cost.

Should a class have insufficient enrollment, it will be cancelled five days prior to the scheduled start date. In this event, a full refund will be made, or an opportunity to enroll in another camp—space permitting—will be provided.


Three-hour complimentary parking is available for aquarium visitors. We ask that you park in the lot and escort your child to the camp check-in table by the Education Office. Please do not park in the traffic circle when dropping off or picking up your child due to the high volume of summertime visitors and clearance for emergency vehicles. Camp participants will also have access to 15-minute pick-up/drop-off parking spaces in the lot.

Student-to-Staff Ratio

In our classroom and field programs, the student-to-staff ratio is at least 5:1 for ages 4-5 and 7:1 for ages 6 and up. Programs that take place in the ocean have a 5:1 ratio for all ages.


video Download descriptions of all 2014 Summer Camps (PDF)
video Camp Philosophy and Goals


video   Summer Camps at Birch Aquarium
video   Because of Camp...

Internship Opportunity: Summer Camp Aide

Are you in high school or college (age 16 or older) and interested in spending a summer as an intern with Birch Aquarium's Summer Learning Adventure Camps? Learn more here!

American Camp Association Accreditation

ACA American Camp Association accreditation means that Birch Aquarium at Scripps undergoes a thorough review of its operations for compliance with up to 300 health, safety, and program-quality standards--from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. By enrolling your child in our ACA-accredited camp, you can be assured that it provides:

  • Healthy, developmentally appropriate activities and learning experiences
  • Discovery through experiential education
  • Caring, competent role models
  • Service to the community and the environment
  • Opportunities for leadership and personal growth

For more information about ACA, visit acacamps.org

Kids Included Together

KIT Birch Aquarium at Scripps is partnering with Kids Included Together, a nationwide program that provides the staff of summer-camp programs with training and support for including children with and without disabilities. For more information, visit kitonline.org.