Day Camp

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2014 Summer Day Camps

Thank you for your interest in summer day camps at the Great Lakes Aquarium.  Our summer camp programs offer age-appropriate opportunities for children between the ages of 6 and 14 interested in animal care, SCUBA, or learning about our great lake!  Registration for the 2014 summer camp season begins on March 15.  See the list of great opportunities below!   


NEW – AuSM Animal Care Camp - Open Enrollment

Great Lakes Aquarium is pleased to partner with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) to offer a summer social skills program for youth with autism.  Participants must be group ready.

In this four-session camp, participants will encounter turtles, otters, frogs, salamanders, birds and more while developing social skills useful in everyday life. They’ll also feed the fish of Lake Superior in the Isle Royale Tank, learn about animal habitats, and go behind the scenes with Great Lakes Aquarium staff for an up-close look at caring for the aquarium’s residents.

Dates: August 7, 14, 21,28, 2014

Time: 1pm-4pm

Orientation at Great Lakes Aquarium:  Thursday, July 24 from 3-4 pm

Cost: $250 AuSM members / $320 non-members

Ages: 11-14

Click here for additional information about this camp, group ready requirements and the registration form.  

Superior Explorers – Wait List Only 

Discover Lake Superior in a fun-filled week of examining the animals, plants, and geology around this great lake!  Each day we’ll explore new topics by playing games, meeting animals, and making themed art.  Campers will enjoy unique, behind-the-scenes experiences at the aquarium while they learn.

Dates: July 7th-11th


Cost:     $139 members / $159 non-members

Ages: 6-8

Animal Care Camp – Wait List Only 

Take an active role in animal care at Great Lakes Aquarium.  Learn what it takes to keep our resident animals healthy, happy, and active.  Enjoy the challenge of creating enrichment toys for otters, birds and even pets at home.  Go behind the scenes to prepare meals, keep the exhibits clean, test the water quality and more!

Dates: July 28th-August 1st


Cost: $139 members / $159 non-members

Ages: 8-11

SCUBA Camp – Wait List Only 

What happens to your body when it is under the water?  What kinds of things can you see?  How does SCUBA gear work? Dive into the World of SCUBA to find out!  Explore techniques, gear, and diving safety with a PADI certified dive master.  Use all of your new diving skills at a warm open water dive on the last day of camp!

Dates: August 11th-15th


Cost: $199 members / $219 non-members

Ages: 11-14

Registration for the 2014 summer camp season begins on March 15.  
For more information and to register, please contact Emily Wartman at 218-740-2000 or