Harbor Discoveries Junior Camps are for children entering 4th and 5th grade in the fall of 2016. Group size is 32, and there is at least a 1:4 staff to camper ratio. Harbor Discoveries instructors are First Aid and CPR certified, and lead instructors are Lifeguard certified.

One-week sessions cost $650 for New England Aquarium members and $725 for non-members, plus a $2 service fee for each non-member ticket. For more information please read our pricing and payment policies and scholarship information. 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, 9 a.m. To register please call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206 or register online using the links for each program. Please note that programs can fill upquickly. In past years, some of the 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 617-226-2425.

 


"It was my son’s first experience at camp by himself and he loved it.

The staff was very energetic and friendly. He learned a lot while having fun."

– Stephanie, Junior Camper Parent


 

NOTE: All programs include a Thursday night overnight experience.

New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Maniacs — SOLD OUT

July 5 – 8, 2016 — SHORT WEEK
Members, $525; non-members, $600
Add your name to 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.

Explore the marine mammal world by observing a seal training session and visiting Earth’s largest animals on a whale watch. Campers will even build seal toys for the enrichment of our marine mammals! They discover how the animals at the beach are connected to marine mammals in the ocean while on local coastal trips.

See this week's agenda (PDF 135KB).


Fins, Claws and Paws

July 11 – 15, 2016
Members, $650; non-members, $725
Book Online

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.

From bird beaks to octopus beaks, from turtle flippers to fur seal flippers, find out how marine animals have adapted to survive their habitats. The ocean and its beaches are full of creatures of all shapes and sizes. Campers will discover this variety through fun-filled exploration at local beaches, within the Aquarium and on a whale watch.

See this week's agenda (PDF 129KB).

 

Something's Fishy

July 18 – 22, 2016
Members, $650; non-members, $725
Book Online

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.

There’s fish in those waters…and we’re off to find them! Campers will experience how people use and study the world of fish and why it is so important. Lessons on how to cast lines, comb nets and hatch fish will teach participants how fishermen and scientists use these tools and how their efforts keep fish in the sea and on the menu.

See this week's agenda (PDF 136KB).

 

 

Tidepool Trekkers— SOLD OUT

July 25 – 29, 2016
Members, $650; non-members, $725
Add your name to 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.

Exploration is a scientist’s greatest joy and the best tool for discovery. Campers spend the week encountering what our local waters have to offer a keen eye and a curious mind. Guided by counselors with a passion for and knowledge of tidepools, participants will learn to identify the inhabitants of the beach and uncover the mysteries of how they live.

See this week's agenda (PDF 129KB).

 

 


"It was fun and I got to do a lot of different things I didn’t know about before coming to camp. The counselors were fun (and a little crazy sometimes) but they knew a lot of stuff."

– Trip, Junior camper


 

More Information

Contact Information

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

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