In-Person Summer Camps: Ages 4-13

In-Person Summer Camps 2023 

Birch Aquarium is thrilled to offer in-person summer camps for children ages 4-13! Explore underwater worlds and meet ocean creatures in our fun and safe week-long camps — whether you’re looking for an on-site or off-site experience, we have what you need with half-day and full-day options. 

 

Download Birch Aquarium's 2023 Summer Camp Guide

 

Safety is our first priority!

Learn more about how we're keeping camp safe and fun here: COVID-19 Safety Tips.


Half-Day Camps — Age 4-5

Sea Slugs

Dive into five half-days of fun exploring the ocean and the magnificent wonders found beneath the waves. Learn about jiggling jellies, scuttling crabs, slip-sliding snails, toothy sharks, and massive mammals through hands-on classroom activities, aquarium exhibits, games, crafts, and live animal touches! Meets at Birch Aquarium every day. 

Sea Squirts

Enjoy five half-days of fun learning about amazing underwater habitats and the interesting animals that live there! We'll explore teeming tide pools, enchanted kelp forests, colorful coral reefs, and blue open ocean through hands-on classroom activities, aquarium exhibits, games, crafts, and live animal touches! Meets at Birch Aquarium every day.


Full-Day Camps — Age 6-7

Only One Ocean

Learn about unique ocean habitats as you embark on a global high-seas adventure! "Travel" to a new location in the classroom each day and discover the amazing animals that live there. From the Arctic to the deep sea, we'll explore exhibits, play games, and bring home crafty momentos highlighting the unforgettable voyage to amazing marine environments. Meets at Birch Aquarium every day. 

Underwater Playground

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 crafts highlighting these exciting discoveries. Each day features hands-on classroom activities, aquarium exhibits, games, and live animal touches! Meets at Birch Aquarium every day.


Full-Day Camps — Age 8-10

Seaside Science

How would you like to become a scientist? Learn about fascinating discoveries in marine biology, chemistry, meteorology, geology, and zoology. Discover the natural world and those we share it with through fun classroom experiments, outdoor explorations, aquarium exhibits, games, and live animal touches! Meets at Birch Aquarium three days and offsite at Scripps Beach two days.

Coastal Inspirations

How does the ocean inspire you? We'll get up close with animals that make the ocean their home, uncover the diversity of San Diego's coastal habitats, and explore our creativity through various crafty projects. Let your scientific discoveries inspire your art through classroom activities, outdoor explorations, aquarium exhibits, games, and live animal touches! Meets at Birch Aquarium three days and offsite at Scripps Beach two days.


Full-Day Camps — Age 11-13

Ocean Adventures

Learn about the magnificent Pacific Ocean while enjoying its blue waters! Experienced instructors will teach basic surfing, boogie-boarding, and snorkeling skills, while introducing campers to related marine science topics such as waves, water temperature, beach landscape, and near-shore marine life. Intermediate swimming ability and comfort in beach and ocean settings required. Meets offsite every day at the beach in La Jolla.

Surfing Into Science

Surf's up! Dive into the perfect blend of ocean sports, beach exploration, and marine science discoveries with experienced instructors. Hone your surfing, snorkeling, and oceanographic skills as you learn how beach features play important roles in the waves we ride and observe animals that share the water with us. Intermediate swimming ability and comfort in beach and ocean settings required. Meets offsite every day at the beach in La Jolla.