Camp

Winter Camps 2018-19

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

Early Drop Off Program

Ordinarily, campers are welcome to arrive at the Aquarium 15 minutes before the start of 9:00 am camps. To make busy schedules a bit less stressful, Great Lakes Aquarium can provide supervision and activities for campers up to an hour before the start of most camps. Find the option at the bottom of each camp registration form to enroll your camper in the early drop-off program!

Cost: $6 per day of camp

Available for all winter day camps except Family Animal Care Day and Fins and Fur.

 

Age 6-8:

Animals and Art Camp

April 19

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $39 for  Aquarium members | $46 non-members

From gyotaku fish printing to painting with all three phases of water, campers will spend the day meeting animals, exploring exhibits and making Aquarium-themed art. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for the April 19 Animals and Art Camp

 

Feathers, Fur, Scales and Scutes

February 19 – 22

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $159 for  Aquarium members | $186 non-members

Humans are vertebrates – that means we have a backbone. 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, to help them move or just to stand out from the crowd! Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for Feathers, Fur, Scales and Scutes Camp

 

Age 8-11:

 

Fins and Fur

In partnership with Lake Superior Zoo.

March 25 – 26 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Lake Superior Zoo (March 25) and Great Lakes Aquarium (March 26th).

Cost: $79 for  Aquarium members or Zoo members| $94 non-members

Spend two days over school break taking an active role in animal care at both Great Lakes Aquarium and Lake Superior Zoo! Learn what it takes to keep resident animals healthy 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 & Fur Camp

 

Wildlife Field Course

April 8 – 12

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $199 for  Aquarium members | $230 non-members

Become a field scientist for a week! Campers will develop a rich understanding of the wildlife that shares their backyard through animal encounters at the Aquarium and field trips to meet local wildlife experts. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for Wildlife Field Course

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

Registration opens March 15.

 

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.

Registration opens March 15.

 

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.

Registration opens March 15.

 

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.

Registration opens March 15.

 

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.

Registration opens March 15.

 

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.

Registration opens March 15.

 

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.

Registration opens March 15.

 

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.

Registration opens March 15.

 

Wildlife Field Course: A History of Home

July 8 – 12

9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

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

In any given spot on the shores of Lake Superior, there are a thousand stories to tell about the land – from mountains and glaciers that once towered overhead to historic inhabitants of the land to ancient forests that once covered the landscape. 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.

Registration opens March 15.

 

Ages 14 – 21

AuSM Animal Care Camp

July 1 – 4 (Orientation on Sunday, June 30)

Camp details forthcoming.