Camp Information and Registration

Important Camp Information

Registration Dates

Aquarium Associates membership level and above: March 1, 2017 (by phone only starting at 9am PST)
Public Registration: March 8, 2017

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How to Register

Sessions fill quickly, so be sure to register early. Our Aquarium Associates members can take advantage of priority registration starting on March 1, 2017. Priority registration can only be done by phone. To register early, please call 858-534-7336. 

Public registration begins on March 8, 2017 online and by phone and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Enroll your child according to the grade he/she will be starting June 24, 2017. 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 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) 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 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at 858-534-7336 Monday–Sunday. 

Membership

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

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

Apply for Summer Learning Adventure Camp Financial Aid

Cancellation Policy

Camps are refundable until seven days prior to the start of that camp, less a $50 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.

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 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at 858-534-7336 Monday–Sunday.