Camp

Summer Camps 2019

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

Early Drop Off Program

Play games and explore the Aquarium for an extra hour each morning with an Aquarium learning team member (Ordinarily, campers are welcome to arrive at the Aquarium 15 minutes before the start of 9:00 am camps). Find the option at the bottom of each camp registration form to enroll your camper in the early drop-off program!

Cost: $30 per week of camp

Available for all summer camps except Water Striders and AuSM camps.

Cancellation Policy

The Aquarium will refund 50% of the camp fee for cancellations made at least two weeks before the first day of camp. For cancellations made less than two weeks in advance, no refunds can be given. If the Aquarium cancels programming due to weather, we will remit a refund of $30 per day.

Ages 3-5:

New! Water Striders Half-Day Camp

August 19 – 23

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM OR 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Cost: $89 for  Aquarium members | $99 non-members

Discoveries await under every rock and around every corner. Campers will make their own discoveries using a variety of tools while playing inside and outside the Aquarium, meeting animals and trying new things. Campers will need to provide their own snacks.

Register for 9 AM Water Striders

Register for 1 PM Water Striders

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

Ages 6-8:

Superior Explorers Camp

June 17 – 21 OR July 15 – 19

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Cost: $199 for  Aquarium members | $229 non-members

Lake Superior contains 3,000,000,000,000,000 (that’s three quadrillion!) gallons of fresh water. How was this enormous lake formed? What lives in and around it? Campers will spend each day playing games, making themed art and taking field trips to parks in and around the city as they learn all about the geology, ecology and significance of this great lake. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for Superior Explorers – June 17-21

Register for Superior Explorers – July 15-19

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

Feathers, Fur, Scales and Scutes Camp

July 1 – 5 OR August 12 – 16

9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Cost: $199 for  Aquarium members | $229 non-members

Humans are vertebrates – that means we have backbones. Fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals are vertebrates too. Campers will meet some of our vertebrate kin and take a closer look at what covers their bodies and why they grow it – whether to stay warm, help them move or just to stand out from the crowd! Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks. Camp will still happen on July 4 during the July 1-5 camp.

Register for Feathers, Fur, Scales and Scutes – July 1-5

Register for Feathers, Fur, Scales and Scutes – August 12-16

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

Ages 8-11:

Animal Care Camp

June 10 – 14 OR July 22 – 26 OR August 5 – 9

9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Cost: $199 for  Aquarium members | $229 non-members

Great Lakes Aquarium is home to hundreds of animals, from brown trout to North American river otters to tiger salamanders. Campers will learn what it takes to keep the resident animals healthy and active. We will go behind the scenes to prepare meals, clean exhibits, test water quality and more. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for Animal Care Camp – June 10-14

Register for Animal Care Camp – July 22-26

Register for Animal Care Camp – August 5-9

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

New! Wildlife Field Course: Birds, Buckthorn and Butterflies

July 29 – August 2

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Cost: $219 for  Aquarium members | $249 non-members

What do birds, butterflies and buckthorn have in common? All are important to consider if we want to keep our forest and lake ecosystems healthy! Campers will meet a variety of local experts from different fields to learn how they manage ecosystems, and they will explore first-hand how humans are connected to the birds, buckthorn and butterflies in our own backyards. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for Wildlife Field Course: Birds, Buckthorn and Butterflies

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

New! Wildlife Field Course: Spectacular Symbiosis

August 26 – 30

9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Cost: $219 for  Aquarium members | $249 non-members

You’ve probably heard about predator-prey interactions. This is a competitive relationship. But did you know that there are many other ways in which organisms interact? Campers will take field trips in and around Duluth to met with local experts and explore the relationships between the living things around us. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for Wildlife Field Course: Spectacular Symbiosis

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

Ages 11-14:

SCUBA Camp

August 19 – 23

9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Cost: $239 for  Aquarium members | $259 non-members

Curious to try SCUBA diving? Campers will spend each morning diving into the science of SCUBA with physics experiments, games and field trips. Each afternoon, campers will travel to a local pool where they will put on SCUBA gear and try out new underwater skills under the guidance of Great Lakes Aquarium’s dive master. On the final day, campers will travel to Lake Ore-Be-Gone in Gilbert, MN to use their new skills for a shallow open water dive. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for SCUBA Camp

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

New! Wildlife Field Course: Animal Engineers

June 24 – 28

9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Cost: $219 for  Aquarium members | $249 non-members

Plants and animals are the original landscape engineers. During this fun, hands-on week, campers will try their hands at engineering solutions to challenges faced every day by our wild neighbors. Take field trips in and around Duluth to meet with experts and see evidence of animal engineers at work. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for Wildlife Field Course: Animal Engineers

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

New! Wildlife Field Course: A History of Home

July 8 – 12

9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Cost: $219 for  Aquarium members | $249 non-members

Take a wagon ride to a stand of red pines over 200 years old, learn about the fur trade while paddling a voyageur canoe, collect and observe a sample of old lake sediment full of diatom ‘fossils’, learn about Ojibwe history on the shore of a wild rice bed… This week, campers will take field trips in and around Duluth to meet with experts and explore the rich history of our home. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for Wildlife Field Course: A History of Home

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

Ages 13 – 21

AuSM Animal Care Camp

In partnership with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM)

July 1 – 3 (Orientation on Sunday, June 30)

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. Get hands-on practice with animal behavior observations and engineering design challenges to create enrichment to keep the resident animals healthy, happy, and active. Working as a team, go behind the scenes to prepare meals, clean exhibits, test water quality, participate in collections, and more!

Register through AuSM.