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.

 

Winter Ecology Camp

December 31

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

What’s happening under the snow? Campers will put on their snow boots and explore the adaptations that allow wild animals to survive in Duluth during the harsh winter months. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for Winter Ecology Camp

 

Animals and Art Camp

January 18 or 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 January 18 Animals and Art Camp

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:

Migration Monday

October 29

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

Autumn is a season of mass transit for many wild animals such as trout and birds of prey. Campers will play migration games, travel to local migration hotspots, and meet ambassador animals to learn where they’re going and why. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for Migration Monday Camp

 

Animal Care

December 26 – 28 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $119 for  Aquarium members | $139 non-members

Spend three active days at the Aquarium learning what it takes to keep the resident animals healthy and active. 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

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

 

Age 11-14:

SCUBA Try-It

January 21

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

Curious to try SCUBA diving for the first time? Campers will spend the morning doing experiments and games to learn about the science of SCUBA and then travel to a local pool where all campers will have the opportunity to try using SCUBA gear in the water. Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Register for SCUBA Try-It

 

Family Camps (age 6+):

Family Animal Care Day

December 24

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $15 for  Aquarium members | $20 non-members

Have you ever wanted to take a peek behind the scenes at the aquarium with your family? Bring your family to the Aquarium before open hours and enjoy a morning of animal encounters, exploring behind the scenes and helping to prepare and feed exhibits. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult participant.

Register for Family Animal Care Day