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Junior Camps

For Children Entering Grades 4 or 5

Junior Camps are for children entering grades 4 and 5 in the fall of 2017. Group size is 32, and there is at least a 1:4 staff-to-camper ratio. Waitlists will be maintained for all sold-out programs. To be placed on the waitlist, call the camp office at 617-226-2425 or sign up online.

NOTE: All programs include a Thursday night overnight experience.

Jade had an amazing experience and now wants to be a marine biologist.”
- Junior Camper Parent
July 10 – 14, 2017
New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Maniacs
SOLD OUT

Members, $650; nonmembers, $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 available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $20 a day. Extended after-care hours are not available.

How are we connected to our closest relatives in the oceans? Delve into the marine mammal world at the Aquarium by observing a seal training session and building toys for seal enrichment. Visit Earth’s largest animals on a whale watch. During local coastal trips, campers will discover how beach animals are connected to marine mammals in the oceans.

See this week’s agenda (PDF 133.9 KB).

July 17 – 21, 2017
Tidepool Trekkers
SOLD OUT

Members, $650; nonmembers, $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 available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $20 a day. Extended after-care hours are not available.

Exploration is a scientist’s greatest joy and the best tool for discovery! Campers will spend the week discovering what our local waters have to offer those with a keen eye and curious mind. Seek out the creatures that spend their lives in the extremes of tidepools and learn how they survive in a life between the tides!

See this week’s agenda (PDF 133.4KB).

July 24 – 28, 2017
Something’s Fishy
SOLD OUT

Members, $650; nonmembers, $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 available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $20 a day. Extended after-care hours are not available.

There are fish in those waters … and we’re off to find them! Campers will experience how scientists study the world of fish, and why it is important for us to do so. Lessons on fish biology and habitats, as well as how to cast lines and hatch fish, will teach participants how fishers and scientists use these tools to keep fish on the menu and in the sea.

See this week’s agenda (PDF 133.6 KB).

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

Senior Camps

For Children Entering Grades 6 or 7

The Aquarium’s Senior Camps are for children entering grades 6 or 7 in the fall of 2017. Group size is 32, with at least a 1:4 staff-to-camper ratio. Waitlists are maintained for all sold-out programs. To be placed on the waitlist, call the camp office at 617-226-2425 or sign up online.

NOTE: All programs include a Thursday night overnight experience.

My favorite part was the excitement Rory shared when she came home every day!"
- Senior Camper Parent
July 31 – August 4, 2017
Animania
SOLD OUT

$650 for members, $725 for nonmembers
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 available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $20 a day. Extended after-care hours are not available.

From whales to plankton, ocean creatures play a crucial role in the health of our planet. Only in the last few decades have we realized how much animals and their habitats impact our livelihood. Campers will explore the many varied species that live in our local marine ecosystem, and how they evolved to live there!

See this week’s agenda (PDF 133.5 KB).

August 7 – 11, 2017
Mysterious Ocean
SOLD OUT

$650 for members, $725 for nonmembers
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 available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $20 a day. Extended after-care hours are not available.

We have explored about 5% of the world’s oceans. That means there are a multitude of incredible discoveries out there to be made! Join us as we investigate campers’ questions and develop new theories about the questions that still need to be answered. Campers will use scientific techniques and fun-filled adventures to research the amazing mystery that is the oceans.

See this week’s agenda (PDF 133.4 KB).

August 14 – 18, 2017
Harbor Island Hopper 
SOLD OUT

$650 for members, $725 for nonmembers
Put your name 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 available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $20 a day. Extended after-care hours are not available.

The Boston Harbor Islands are home to a dynamic array of habitats that host a tremendous variety of life. Join us as we explore a new and exciting island each day! Campers will learn about the islands’ history and ecosystems as they explore tidepools, hike, and even pitch a tent for a night in our beautiful island backyard!

See this week’s agenda (PDF 133.8 KB).

August 21 – 25, 2017
River Meets the Sea 

$650 for members, $725 for nonmembers
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 available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $20 a day. Extended after-care hours are not available.

The smallest streams empty into rivers, which flow to the oceans, connecting us all. Campers will investigate the many watery habitats of Eastern Massachusetts, tracing how water moves from its source to the ocean. Campers will learn how all life on land is connected to life in the sea!

See this week’s agenda (PDF 132.9 KB).

After this camp, I feel that the ocean is more special to me now that I have interacted with its life in a natural environment."
- Miriam, Senior Camper

Advanced Camps

One-Week Programs for Youth Entering Grades 8 – 9

Two-Week Programs for Youth Entering Grades 8 – 10

The Aquarium’s Advanced Camps are for those entering grades 8 and 9 in the fall of 2017. Special two-week programs are also available to rising 10th-graders. All programs include a Thursday night overnight experience; two-week programs have a longer overnight segment. Group sizes range from 10 to 20 depending on the session and activity. Waitlists are maintained for all sold-out programs. To be placed on a waitlist, call the camp office at 617-226-2425 or sign up online

Staff found nice balance between structured learning and spontaneous fun."
- Advanced Camper Parent
July 10 – 14, 2017 
Aquarist in Training
SOLD OUT

$775 for members, $850 for nonmembers
Put your name 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 available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $20 a day. Extended after-care hours are not available.

Aquarists have a tough job. They need to keep the animals in their care happy and healthy while helping educate the public about marine life! The first step in proper animal care is knowing the preparations that must be made before any animal is brought into an aquarium. Aquarists in Training will spend a fun-filled week learning about animal collection techniques, maintenance, and habitat needs. Both behind the scenes at the Aquarium and in the field, campers will learn what it takes to care for the thousands of marine animals housed here.

See this week’s agenda (PDF 133.6 KB).

July 17 – 21, 2017
Coastal Zone Studies 
SOLD OUT

$775 for members, $850 for nonmembers
Put your name 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 available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $20 a day. Extended after-care hours are not available.

Coastlines encompass many unique habitats, such as salt marshes, bogs, tidepools, and estuaries, which teem with life. Campers will examine the factors, which may originate from the source of the Charles River to Boston Harbor, that impact these environments. Be a research scientist and get active in the study of zoology, marine ecology, water quality, and coastal geology in the field. We will explore current issues that affect our coastlines, and what the future holds for these fragile ecosystems

See this week’s agenda (PDF 133.6 KB).

July 24 – 28, 2017
New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Mentors
SOLD OUT

$775 for members, $850 for nonmembers
Put your name 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 available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $20 a day. 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 caring for marine mammals, and investigate the realm of marine mammal training. Connect to the largest mammals on Earth by observing them on a whale watch, and learn how we study these animals in their ocean home. As a camper, you will investigate the issues facing marine mammals locally and globally, and explore what role you can play for the conservation of this magnificent group of animals!

See this week’s agenda (PDF 133.9 KB).

Two weeks: July 31 – August 4 and August 7 – 11, 2017
Marine Science 101 
SOLD OUT

$1,500 for members, $1,600 for nonmembers
Put your name on the waitlist.

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

Early drop-off is available Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) for $20 a day. Extended after-care hours are not available.

Curiosity and exploration are what drive successful marine biologists. Build your marine science know-how in this two-week program. Begin the journey by learning what tools and research methods scientists use to assess the health of the environment. Practice these approaches via exploration and assessment of local habitats, and by going behind the scenes at the Aquarium. Participants will practice research techniques and use tools common in marine science fields. During the second week, campers will explore the unique habitats of the New England shoreline during a multi-night trip along the Maine coast as they meet scientists and implement their new skills!

See this week’s agenda (PDF 134.5KB).

Two weeks: August 14 – 18 and August 21 – 25, 2017
Schooner Adventures
SOLD OUT

$1,600 for members, $1,700 for nonmembers
Add your name to the waitlist. 

After a week preparing and previewing marine science exploration, campers will board a schooner and set sail as part of the crew! Under the captain and crew’s guidance, you will be at the will of the wind for a five-day, four-night excursion to explore New England’s coastal waters. As a part of the crew, campers will learn how to set sails, steer, plot the ship’s course, and even do daily chores. Campers will also learn how scientists identify fish species, sample water, study plankton, and monitor whale behavior onboard a boat. Examine food webs, life cycles, and the rich biodiversity of the Gulf of Maine, especially the unique ecosystem of Stellwagen Bank! For more details about the ship and its operator, the World Ocean School, visit worldoceanschool.org.

See this week’s agenda (PDF 134.2 KB).

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 send an email to harbordiscoveries@neaq.org.

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