Harbor Discoveries Advanced Camps are for those entering 8th and 9th grade in the fall of 2016. Incoming 10th graders are also eligible for special two-week programs. Group sizes range from 10 to 20 depending on the session and activity. Harbor Discoveries instructors are First Aid and CPR certified, and lead instructors are Lifeguard certified.

One-week sessions cost $725 for New England Aquarium members and $800 for non-members. Pricing for special two-week sessions is $1,400 for members and $1,500 for non-members. A $2 service fee will be added to each non-member ticket. For more information, please read our pricing and payment policies. Early drop-off is now available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $25 a day ($5 discount if purchased prior to camp program's start). Purchase online from your Parent Dashboard, or over the phone at 617-973-5206, after enrolling in the Camp program. Extended after-care hours are not available.

Registration for the 2016 season starts for members on January 11, 2016, at 9 a.m. and for the general public on February 1, 2016, at 9 a.m. To register please call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206 or register online. Please note that programs can fill up quickly. In past years, sold out in the first few hours of the first day of the members-only registration period! Waitlists are maintained for all sold out programs. To be placed on the waitlist, call the camp office at 617-226-2425.

All Advanced participants must provide proof of swim competency.

 


"The whole camp was awesome!

I enjoyed every day of it and definitely want to come back next year as a Counselor In Training."

– Tom, Advanced Camper


NOTE: All programs include a Thursday night overnight experience.

 

Coastal Quest — SOLD OUT

July 5 – 8, 2016 — SHORT WEEK
$600 for members, $675 for non-members
Register online to get on the waitlist

Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Overnight trip from 9 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday.
Early drop-off is now available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $25 a day ($5 discount if purchased prior to camp program's start). Extended after-care hours are not available.

Our coastal backyard is teaming with life to discover and study. Join our community of up-and-coming marine biology gurus as we travel to Cape Cod, the Harbor Islands and more. We will be seining and tidepooling for the life that can be found as you spend a week at the beach as a marine scientist!

See this week's agenda (PDF 126KB).

 

Aquarist in Training (Session 1) — SOLD OUT

July 11 – 15, 2016
$725 for members, $800 for non-members
Register online to get on the waitlist

Monday – Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Overnight trip from 9 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday.
Early drop-off is now available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $25 a day ($5 discount if purchased prior to camp program's start). Extended after-care hours are not available.

The first step in proper animal care is knowing an animal’s needs and the considerations that must be made before bringing any animal into an aquarium. Aquarists in Training will spend a fun-filled week learning about aquarium animal collection techniques, their habitat needs and viewing behind-the-scenes areas. You will learn what it takes to collect and care for the thousands of marine animals housed here as you help the biologists during field trips along the coast to collect jellies, snails, crabs, sea stars and fish for Aquarium exhibits.

See this week's agenda (PDF 126 KB).

 

New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Mentors — SOLD OUT

July 18 – 22, 2016 
$725 for members, $800 for non-members
Register online to get on the waitlist

Monday – Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Overnight trip from 9 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday.
Early drop-off is now available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $25 a day ($5 discount if purchased prior to camp program's start). Extended after-care hours are not available.

Get up close and personal with the marine mammals of the Aquarium! Meet a seal, discover the demanding needs of marine mammals, and investigate the realm of marine mammal training. Connect to the largest mammals on Earth by observing them upon a whale watch with marine biologists as your guide. As a camper, you will investigate the issues facing marine mammals locally and globally, and will learn what role you can play for the conservation of this magnificent group of animals!

See this week's agenda (PDF 126KB).


 

Schooner Adventures (two-week program) — SOLD OUT

Two weeks: July 25 – 29 and August 1 – 5, 2016
$1,400 for members, $1,500 for non-members
Register online to get on the waitlist

Week 1: Monday – Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Overnight trip from 9 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday

Week 2: Monday 9 a.m. – Friday 1 p.m. (including overnights)
Early drop-off is now available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $25 a day ($5 discount if purchased prior to camp program's start). Extended after-care hours are not available.

After a week in preparation previewing marine science exploration, you will board a schooner and set sail to become a part of the crew! With the captain and crew’s guidance, we will be at the will of the wind for a five-day, four-night excursion to explore the New England coastal waters. Learn how to set sails, steer, plot the ship’s course and even do some daily chores. You will also learn how scientists identify fish species, sample water, study plankton and monitor whale behavior. We will examine food webs, life cycles and the rich biodiversity of Stellwagen Bank while observing first-hand zonation, tides, currents, wave action and weather effects.

For more details on the ship and its operator, World Ocean School, visit them online. www.worldoceanschool.org

See this session's agenda (PDF 133KB).

Aquarist in Training (Session 2) — SOLD OUT

August 8 – 12, 2016
$725 for members, $800 for non-members
Register online to get on the waitlist

Monday – Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Overnight trip from 9 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday.
Early drop-off is now available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $25 a day ($5 discount if purchased prior to camp program's start). Extended after-care hours are not available.

The first step in proper animal care is knowing an animal’s needs and the considerations that must be made before bringing any animal into an aquarium. Aquarists in Training will spend a fun-filled week learning about aquarium animal collection techniques, their habitat needs and viewing behind-the-scenes areas. You will learn what it takes to collect and care for the thousands of marine animals housed here as you help the biologists during field trips along the coast to collect jellies, snails, crabs, sea stars and fish for Aquarium exhibits.

See this week's agenda (PDF 126KB).

 

Marine Science 101 (two-week program) — SOLD OUT

Two weeks: August 15 – 19 and August 22 – 26, 2016
$1,400 for members, $1,500 for non-members
Register online to get on the waitlist

Week 1: Monday – Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Overnight trip from 9 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday

Week 2: Monday 9 a.m. – Friday 1 p.m. (including overnights)
Early drop-off is now available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $25 a day ($5 discount if purchased prior to camp program's start). Extended after-care hours are not available.

Curiosity and exploration is what drives successful marine biologists. Build your marine science know-how in this two-week program where you will begin the journey by learning what scientists need to know to assess the health of the environment. Practice these approaches via exploration and assessment of local habitats and behind the scenes at the Aquarium, investigate fish biology, and pursue the answers to questions we face in a world of changing global and local environmental conditions. The second week is spent exploring the unique habitats of the New England shoreline to put these skills to use during a multi-night trip along the coast as we build and deploy scientific tools!

See this session's agenda (PDF 126KB).

 


"The camp was well-organized; the staff was attentive to the needs of the campers and the concerns of the parents; and the experience was both fun and educational."

– Victoria, Advanced Camper Parent


 

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Contact Information

For general information please call the camp office at 617-226-2425, or email at harbordiscoveries@neaq.org.

Harbor Discoveries camp complies with regulations of Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the board of health.