Explore the ocean from top to bottom during Summer Learning Adventure Camps offered through Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.
These fun and engaging ocean science programs — designed for ages 4-15 — inspire understanding and stewardship of the ocean and its inhabitants. Camps run from June 25-Aug. 24. Registration begins March 12.
Experience live animal encounters, hands-on activities and field excursions for an entire week or just a day. Camps feature amazing ocean creatures, gooey dissections, the remarkable world of sharks, adventures in oceanography and the chance to learn how to surf and snorkel.
Birch Aquarium's Summer Learning Adventure Camps are accredited by the American Camp Association. This nationally recognized accreditation ensures the aquarium meets more than 300 quality standards and provides a safe and nurturing environment for campers. In addition, our instructors receive training through Kids Included Together, an organization committed to providing learning opportunities for children with and without disabilities.
Information about Summer Learning Adventure Camps as well as class descriptions can be found online. Book online or call 858-534-7336. Camps often sell out, so early reservations are encouraged.
Sea Slugs - PreK-K
Weeklong, half-day camp; $210
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! This engaging camp features hands-on activities, games, role-playing and live animals.
Ocean Playground - Grades 1-2
Weeklong, half-day camp; $210
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.
Ocean Explorers Camp - Grades 2-3
Weeklong, full-day camp; $365
Learn about San Diego's local ocean habitats and discover the amazing adaptations of the animals that live there. During visits to Birch Aquarium and local beaches, hands-on projects will help to develop understanding of our ocean. Explore your creative side as you see how artists around the world present their respect for the ocean.
Shark Encounters - Grades 4-6
Weeklong, half-day camp; $255
Become a shark expert as you spend the week investigating and encountering a variety of sharks. Learn about shark biology, behavior and conservation through observation and hands-on activities. Snorkel with local sharks and meet Scripps Institution of Oceanography shark researchers.
Surfing Into Science - Grades 7-9
Weeklong, full-day camp; $395
Surf's up! Dive into the perfect blend of ocean sports, beach exploration and marine science activities. Hone your surfing and oceanographic skills as you learn how beach shape and the ocean bottom play important roles in the waves we ride. Go snorkeling and kayaking to observe animals that share the waves with us.
About Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science and features five dozen interactive elements. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 405,000, including 45,000 school children.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of more than 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $195 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates robotic networks and one of the largest U.S. academic fleets. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 430,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu.
About UC San Diego
The University of California, San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution that provides opportunity for all. Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide and born of a culture of collaboration, UC San Diego sparks discoveries that advance society, drive economic growth and positively impact the world. Our students, who learn from Nobel laureates, MacArthur Fellows and National Academy members, are committed to public service. For the sixth consecutive year, UC San Diego has been ranked first in the nation based on research, civic engagement and social mobility. We are one campus with multiple pillars of excellence, a top ten public university that is transforming lives, shaping new disciplines and advancing the frontiers of knowledge. Learn more at www.ucsd.edu.