Guide to Birch Aquarium’s Summer Learning Adventure Camp!

Summer time is quickly approaching and what better way to spend it than learning about ocean science! Birch Aquarium is proud to kick off our next season of Summer Learning Adventure Camp! Summer Learning Adventure Camps support inclusive and collaborative learning, promote exploration and discovery, and empowers campers to reach their full potential, all while creating lasting memories.

Campers ages 4-15 investigate marine habitats, create ocean art projects, learn about careers in science from Scripps Oceanography researchers. Older campers are also able to dive below the waves at surfing and snorkeling camps led by aquarium naturalists and tour Scripps Oceanography laboratories normally closed to the public. Camp registration is now open!

Here is everything you need to know about the different types of camps we offer:

Ages 4-5:

Sea Squirts:

Pricing: $275 per week ($245 members)

Enjoy five half-days of fun learning about the amazing habitats found across the sea and the interesting animals that reside there. We will learn about and touch live animals from teeming tide pools, enchanted kelp forests, colorful coral reefs, soft sandy beaches and the blue open ocean through games, play, animals and more!

Sea Slugs:

Pricing: $275 per week ($245 members)

Dive into a week of fun! Explore the ocean and the magnificent wonders found beneath the waves without leaving the aquarium. Learn about jiggling jellies, scuttling crabs, slip-sliding snails, toothy sharks, and massive mammals through hands-on activities, games, role-playing, and of course live animal touches.

Squirts and Slugs make some of the cutest art projects!

Ages 6-7:

Only One Ocean:

Pricing: $395 per week ($355 Members)

Learn about unique ocean habitats as you embark on a high-seas adventure around the world. “Travel” to a new location each day and discover and interact with the rare and amazing animals that live there. From the Arctic to the deep sea, you’ll bring home crafty mementos that will highlight your unforgettable voyage to amazing habitats around the world.

Underwater Playground:

Pricing: $395 per week ($355 Members)

What would it be like to grow up in the ocean? Discover how sharks, otters, turtles, penguins, and sea stars grow and survive in their watery homes. Make and take home fun educational projects incorporating these exciting discoveries. Each session features stories, interactive games, aquarium visits, and live animal interactions.

Young campers get hands-on at Birch Aquarium!

Ages 8-9:

Seaside Explorations:

Pricing: $495 per week ($445 Members)

Learn to be a scientist by exploring the aquarium and San Diego’s seaside. Through fun science and animal interactions at the aquarium to wild explorations and games at the sandy beach we will develop an understanding of the natural world and those we share it with. Parents are invited to a showcase on the last day of camp. Campers must provide their own lunches and transportation to and from each day’s location. Please note: This camp does not include aquatic sports.

Underwater Playground:

Pricing: $495 per week ($445 Members)

Have you ever been inspired by the ocean? Use the ocean and its animals as inspiration to create art projects and make science connections. Parents are invited to an ocean showcase on the last day of camp. Campers must provide their own lunches and transportation to and from each day’s location. Please note: This camp does not include aquatic sports.

Campers investigate the beach with a scientific eye at many of our camps.

Ages 10-12:

Snorkel 101:

Pricing: $595 per week ($535 Members)

Learn to be a scientist by exploring the aquarium and San Diego’s seaside. Through fun science and animal interactions at the aquarium to wild explorations and games at the sandy beach we will develop an understanding of the natural world and those we share it with. Parents are invited to a showcase on the last day of camp. Campers must provide their own lunches and transportation to and from each day’s location. Please note: This camp does not include aquatic sports.

Ocean Adventures:

Pricing: $595 per week ($535 Members)

Learn to surf, snorkel, and practice hands-on oceanography in this popular camp. Experienced instructors will teach basic surfing, boogie-boarding, and snorkeling skills, while introducing campers to related marine science topics such as waves, rip currents, and near-shore marine life. Campers must provide their own lunches, snorkel equipment, and transportation to and from each day’s location.

Snorkeling at La Jolla Cove is a great part of Snorkel 101 camp!

Ages 13-15:

Surfing into Science:

Pricing: $595 per week ($535 Members)

Surf’s up! Dive into the perfect blend of ocean sports, beach exploration, and marine science activities. Hone your surfing, snorkeling and oceanographic skills as you learn how beach shape and the ocean bottom play important roles in the waves we ride and observe the animals that share the waves with us.  Campers must provide their own lunches, snorkel equipment, and transportation to and from each day’s location.

Surfing into Science and Ocean Adventure Camp include surfing and boogie boarding.

 

Registration is now open!  For more information about financial aid opportunities or to enroll today, check our website at aquarium.ucsd.edu or give us a call at (858)534-7336.

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