Junior Camps

For Children Entering 4th or 5th Grade

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. Please note that some programs are sold out. Waitlists are maintained for all sold-out programs. To be placed on the waitlist, you can either call the camp office at 617-226-2425 or sign up online.

NOTE: All programs include a Thursday night overnight experience.

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
kids wave on boat
July 5 – 8, 2016 — SHORT WEEK
New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Maniacs — SOLD OUT

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).

girl studies species in bucket
July 11 – 15, 2016
Fins, Claws and Paws

Members, $650; non-members, $725
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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).

Starfish
July 18 – 22, 2016
Something’s Fishy

Members, $650; non-members, $725
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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).

kids on rocky shore examine tidepools
July 25 – 29, 2016
Tidepool Trekkers— SOLD OUT

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

Senior Camps

For Students Entering 6th or 7th Grade

The Aquarium’s Senior Camps are for children entering 6th and 7th grade in the fall of 2016. Group size is 32, with at least a 1:4 staff to camper ratio. Harbor Discoveries instructors are First Aid and CPR certified, and lead instructors are Lifeguard certified. Please note that some camps are already sold out! Waitlists are maintained for all sold-out programs. To be placed on the waitlist, call the camp office at 617-226-2425.

NOTE: All programs include a Thursday night overnight experience.

My child had an ‘awesome’ time and hopes he will be able to attend next year. Thank you once again for a very positive camp experience for my child. He really enjoyed every aspect of it. I think the staff counselors, for being young, are some of the most competent and caring young adults."
- Mastrogiacomo, Senior Camper Parent
Starfish
August 1 – 5, 2016
Animania — SOLD OUT

$650 for members, $725 for non-members
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.

From whales to plankton, creatures of the ocean play a crucial role in the environment. Only in the last few decades have we realized how much animals and their habitats impact our own livelihood. This session will focus on finding and learning about many local and exotic marine animals, highlighting the need for – and the awe of – biodiversity.

See this week’s agenda (PDF 129KB).

teens canoe through river
August 8 – 12, 2016
River Meets the Sea — SOLD OUT

$650 for members, $725 for non-members
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.

Even minor actions on land can have major consequences on our oceans and rivers. Campers will explore the many watery habitats of eastern Massachusetts to discover from where water comes, whether all water is the same, and how some marine animals have surprising connections to both land and sea.

See this week’s agenda (PDF 129KB).

kids examine rocks in shallow water
August 15 – 19, 2016
Mysterious Ocean — SOLD OUT

$650 for members, $725 for non-members
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.

What is the next big discovery? Help us search for answers as we investigate the questions we know of and develop new queries about how the ocean works. Campers will use scientific techniques and fun-filled adventures to research the great mystery that is the ocean.

See this week’s agenda (PDF 129 KB).

kids on rocky shore examine tidepools
August 22 – 26, 2016
Shoreline Safari — SOLD OUT

$650 for members, $725 for non-members
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.

Crabs hiding in the rocks. Snails licking holes in shells to find food. Cormorants drying off after deep dives on their hunt for fish. There is so much to discover about the animals of the beach and how they have adapted to survive in this incredible habitat! Join the New England Aquarium as we explore the dynamic and exciting world where the ocean meets the land on this Shoreline Safari!

See this week’s agenda (PDF 131KB).

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 Program for Students Entering Grades 8 – 9

Two-week Program for Students Entering Grades 8 – 10

The Aquarium’s 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. 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. Harbor Discoveries instructors are First Aid and CPR certified, and lead instructors are Lifeguard certified. 

Please note that our Advanced programs are sold out. 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
teens study fishing nets
July 5 – 8, 2016 — SHORT WEEK
Coastal Quest — SOLD OUT

$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 other fun destinations. 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).

red sea star lays in exhibit
July 11 – 15, 2016
Aquarist in Training (Session 1) — SOLD OUT

$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 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 fishes for Aquarium exhibits.

See this week’s agenda (PDF 126 KB).

Starfish
July 18 – 22, 2016
New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Mentors — SOLD OUT

$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 guides. 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).

child gives thumbs up in aquarium uniform
Two weeks: July 25 – 29 and August 1 – 5, 2016
Schooner Adventures (two-week program) — SOLD OUT

$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 guidance of the captain and crew, 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 week’s agenda (PDF 133KB).

Starfish
August 8 – 12, 2016
Aquarist in Training (Session 2) — SOLD OUT

$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 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.

See this week’s agenda (PDF 126KB).

teen studies living organisms along water
Two weeks: August 15 – 19 and August 22 – 26, 2016
Marine Science 101 (two-week program) — SOLD OUT

$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 week’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

Cost

Junior and Senior Programs

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.

Advanced Programs

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.

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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.