Camp

Winter Day Camps 2017-18

Explore the Aquarium and the Lake Superior region in new ways – from making art to feeding animals to taking your first underwater breath as a SCUBA diver – in these short (1-2 day) camps targeting learners of all ages.

Upcoming Camp Calendar:

 

3/15: Summer Camp Registration Opens

4/5-6: Fins and Fur

Fins and Fur

Presented in partnership with Lake Superior Zoo

Ages 8 – 11

April 5 (at Great Lakes Aquarium) & 6 (at Lake Superior Zoo) – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $75 for Zoo and/or Aquarium members | $85 non-members

Spend two days over school break taking an active role in animal care at both Great Lakes Aquaruim and Lake Superior Zoo! Learn what it takes to keep animals healthy, happy, and active. Go behind the scenes to prepare meals, clean exhibits, test water quality, observe animal training and more! Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for Fins and Fur Camp.

 

Summer Camps 2018

Great Lakes Aquarium hosts a variety of summer day camps for grade school students, from explorations in Lake Superior history to adventures in SCUBA diving to hands-on experience in animal care.

 

*New this year: Early-Drop-off Option*

Cost: $30 per week of camp

For any Great Lakes Aquarium summer camp*, we can now provide childcare beginning at 8:00 am! Without this option, campers may be dropped off up to 15 minutes prior to the start of camp. Now, sign up in advance and feel free to drop your camper off to enjoy games and books under the supervision of Aquarium staff.

Find the option at the bottom of each camp registration form to register your camper for early drop-off!

*Early drop-off option not available for AuSM Animal Care Camp.

 

Age 6-8:

Superior Explorers

June 18-22 or July 2-6

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $175 for  Aquarium members | $195 non-members

Scholarships are available! Contact Emily Wartman at (218) 740 – 2000 or ewartman@glaquarium.org to learn more.

Discover Lake Superior in a fun-filled week of examining the animals, plants and geology found around this great lake! Campers will enjoy unique behind-the-scenes experiences at the Aquarium. Each day we’ll explore new topics through games, science activities, animal encounters and art. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Registration will open March 15.

 

Age 8-11:

Animal Care Camp

June 11-15 or July 9-13 or July 23-27 or August 6-10

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $175 for  Aquarium members | $195 non-members

Scholarships are available! Contact Emily Wartman at (218) 740 – 2000 or ewartman@glaquarium.org to learn more.

Take an active role in animal care at Great Lakes Aquarium! Learn what it takes to keep the 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, clean exhibits, test water quality and more! Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Registration will open March 15.

 

Wildlife Field Course

August 13-17 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (**Camp hours will be 8:00 am – 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 16**)

Cost: $200 for  Aquarium members | $220 non-members

Scholarships are available! Contact Emily Wartman at (218) 740 – 2000 or ewartman@glaquarium.org to learn more.

Become a field scientist for a week! Activities will include meeting and interacting with wildlife at Great Lakes Aquarium, heading into the woods to learn how climate change affects our natural world, spending the day in canoes to help monitor wild rice and muskrat habitat, monitoring and removing invasive species from local parks and banding wild birds. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

*A Wildlife Field Course open to campers ages 11-14 is also available (see below).

Registration will open March 15.

 

Age 11-14:

PBS SciGirls® Camp

June 25-29

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $175 for  Aquarium members | $195 non-members

Scholarships are available! Contact Emily Wartman at (218) 740 – 2000 or ewartman@glaquarium.org to learn more.

SciGirls® is an Emmy award-winning PBS KIDS television series and website dedicated to changing the way millions of girls think about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). This camp is open to both boys and girls interested in how the Aquarium practices STEM every day. We will get a behind-the-scenes look at Aquarium careers, practice designing and creating robotics and more! Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Registration will open March 15.

SciGirls ®/© 2018 Twin Cities Public Television, Inc. pbskids.org/scigirls

 

Wildlife Field Course

July 16-20

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (**Camp hours will be 8:00 am – 4:00 pm on Thursday, July 19**)

Cost: $200 for  Aquarium members | $220 non-members

Scholarships are available! Contact Emily Wartman at (218) 740 – 2000 or ewartman@glaquarium.org to learn more.

Become a field scientist for a week! Activities will include meeting and interacting with wildlife at Great Lakes Aquarium, heading into the woods to learn how climate change affects our natural world, spending the day in canoes to help monitor wild rice and muskrat habitat, monitoring and removing invasive species from local parks and banding wild birds. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

*A Wildlife Field Course open to campers ages 8-11 is also available (see above).

Registration will open March 15.

 

SCUBA Camp

August 20-24

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $235 for  Aquarium members | $255 non-members

Scholarships are available! Contact Emily Wartman at (218) 740 – 2000 or ewartman@glaquarium.org to learn more.

What happens to your body when it’s underwater? 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 divemaster. Use all of your new diving skills in an open-water dive on the last day of camp! Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Registration will open March 15.

 

Age 12-18:

AuSM Animal Care Camp

In partnership with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)

July 30-August 2 (Orientation on July 29th , 2:00 – 4:00 pm for participants and caregivers)

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $115

Take an active role in animal care at Great Lakes Aquarium while developing useful social skills for everyday life. Learn what it takes to keep resident animals healthy, happy, and active. Go behind the scenes to prepare meals, clean exhibits, test water quality and more! AuSM social skills classes are tailored to give youth with autism fun, safe and exciting experiences while they increase self-esteem, expand knowledge and build friendships.

Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Registration through the AuSM site will open March 15.