Winter Camp FAQ

Winter Camp FAQs

Join Birch Aquarium naturalists for an oceanic winter wonderland! Our Winter Camp programs, held for three consecutive days during the winter holiday weeks, will give young learners the opportunity to have fun and connect with other campers. Kids will explore marine habitats and their inhabitants, engage with aquarium creatures, and create crafty keepsakes of their discoveries! Camps take place at Birch Aquarium every day.

 

What should campers bring with them?

Campers will need to bring a lunch, snacks, and water bottle every day, as well as sunscreen and a face covering. Birch Aquarium does not provide food. 

How are you addressing health and safety?

  • All campers must be fully immunized to participate in camp (this does not pertain to COVID-19 vaccinations). Health forms summarizing immunization and health history will be sent to registrants and must be completed prior to camp.
  • During camp check-in, all campers will receive a no-touch temperature check and accompanying parents/guardians are required to self-report that their camper is asymptomatic and has not had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 7 days. 
  • Campers must wear face coverings, except when eating and drinking, and stay within their camp pods of 12 campers. Staff will keep supplies and materials separate for each camper to further limit contact, and will encourage frequent hand washing. 
  • Any camper exhibiting symptoms will be isolated from the camp cohort until an approved parent or guardian is able to pick them up. They will be allowed to return to camp once written medical clearance has been obtained. 

How will lunch and snack times safely be handled?

Lunch and snack breaks will take place in designated eating areas for each camp pod outside. 
Please send campers with food that can be kept safe in their own bag; we are unable to refrigerate or heat food.

How much time will campers spend outside and indoors?

Camp activities will occur in our Education Classrooms in separate pods. When possible, activities will occur outside in designated areas for each camp pod, and in separate areas from aquarium visitors. Campers will also have the opportunity to visit the aquarium daily.

What daily activities will campers participate in? 

Developmentally and socially appropriate activities will include aquarium exhibit exploration, reading time, videos, crafts, experiments, games, animal encounters, and stories. Exhibit spaces will be explored during times and in spaces that allow for social distancing. 

What does ‘waitlist’ mean?

Waitlist means that we are currently full for that session. You are welcome to sign up for the waitlist, but a spot will only open up if someone else cancels their camp registration. To be added to the waitlist, add a camp session to your cart and answer the registration questions. Payment is not taken at the time of joining the waitlist. You will be contacted by a Birch Aquarium staff member if space becomes available. 


If you have additional questions about our Winter Camp program, please contact us at birchaquariumedu@ucsd.edu