Camp Information and Registration

Important Camp Information

 

Public Registration ONLINE March 12 (12 a.m. PST)

Registration opens to all members and the public on March 12, 2019, starting online at 12 a.m. (PST). Registration by phone starts at 9 a.m. (PST). This will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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How to Register

Priority Registration
Sessions fill quickly, so be sure to register early. Our Aquarium Associates members and above can take advantage of priority registration starting on March 5, 2019:

  • Online starting at 12 a.m. (PST). Please have your member number ready.
  • By phone starting at 9 a.m. (PST). Please call 858-534-7336

Public Registration
Registration for the general public and all other members (Individual, Dual, and Family level) begins on March 12, 2019:

  • Online starting at 12 a.m. (PST). Please have your member number ready.
  • By phone starting at 9 a.m. (PST). Please call 858-534-7336.

Enroll your child according to the age he/she will be by the start of the camp session. Our programs are designed for the age group specified, and age grouping will be strictly upheld. Birth certificate verification is required for any child entering four and five year old 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) 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 contact Visitor Services via email at birchaquariumprograms@ucsd.edu or you can reach us by phone from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 858-534-7336 Monday–Sunday. 


Immunization Requirements

All campers must be fully immunized to participate in camp. A statement from the custodial parent/guardian attesting that all immunizations required for school are up to date, including the date (month/year) for last tetanus shot, is required. This record can be obtained from your child’s school or physician and attached to the Health History form. We require a current health history every camp season.


Membership Savings

Save on Summer Learning Adventure Camps by becoming a Birch Aquarium member. Join at our Aquarium Associates level or higher to 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!

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Financial Aid Available

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, a limited amount of financial aid is available for campers who demonstrate financial need.

Please verify availability in your preferred camp prior to submitting your financial aid application.

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Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy

Camps are refundable until seven (7) days prior to the start of that camp, less a $50 service charge. There will be no refunds within one (1) week of the camp.

Rescheduling is dependent on availability. There is a $25 rescheduling fee for each instance of rescheduling a camp. You can reschedule a camp up to seven (7) days before the start of your original camp, if a spot is available. If you reschedule within seven (7) days of the start of your camp, you are responsible for paying the full amount for the camp spot vacated, in addition to the camp spot you have rescheduled to.

Should a camp have insufficient enrollment, it will be canceled five (5) 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.


Parking

Three-hour complimentary parking is available for aquarium visitors. Camp participants will have access to 15-minute pick-up/drop-off parking spaces in the lot. 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. 


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.

For more information on programs and registration, please contact Visitor Services via email at birchaquariumprograms@ucsd.edu or you can reach us by phone from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 858-534-7336 Monday–Sunday.