Harbor Discoveries Advanced Camps are for those entering 8th and 9th grade in the fall of 2015. 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 $675 for New England Aquarium members and $725 for non-members. Pricing for special two-week sessions is $1,375 for members and $1,450 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.

Registration for the 2015 season starts for members on January 12, 2015, at 9 a.m. and for the general public on February 2, 2015, 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, some programs sold out during the members-only registration period! Waitlists are maintained for all sold out programs. To be placed on the waitlist, call the camp office at 617-973-0250.

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: Some programs include a Thursday night overnight experience.

 

Aquarist in Training

July 6 – 10, 2015
$675 for members, $725 for non-members
Youth entering 8th and 9th grade in the fall

Monday – Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Overnight trip from 9 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday. No extended hours 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 and 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.

 

Mammal Mentors

July 13 – 17, 2015
$675 for members, $725 for non-members
Youth entering 8th and 9th grade in the fall

Monday – Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Overnight trip from 9 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday. No extended hours 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!

 

Intertidal Studies

July 20 – 24, 2015 
$675 for members, $725 for non-members
Youth entering 8th and 9th grade in the fall

Monday – Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Overnight trip from 9 a.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday. No extended hours available.

Our coastal backyard is teeming 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. Try seining and tidepooling for the life that can be found as you spend a week at the beach as a marine scientist!


 

Schooner Adventures (two-week program)

Two weeks: July 27 – 31 and August 3 – 7, 2015
$1,375 for members, $1,450 for non-members
Youth entering 8th, 9th and 10th grade in the fall

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

Week 2: Multi-day overnight trip Monday 9 a.m. – Friday 1 p.m.

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

 

Marine Science 101 (two-week program)

Two weeks: August 10 – 14 and August 17 – 21, 2015
$1,375 for members, $1,450 for non-members

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

Week 2: Multi-day overnight trip Monday 9 a.m. – Friday 1 p.m.

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, utilize GIS (a powerful mapping tool in conjunction with GPS technology), 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 four-night visit to Project Oceanology, a premiere ocean science and education facility.

For more details on Project Oceanology, visit them online.

 

 


"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


 

More Information

 

Contact Information

For general information please call the camp office at 617-973-0250, 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.