Marine summer camp scholarships

Marine summer camp scholarships are available for the following camp sessions:

Once Upon a Tide Pool
For kids entering kindergarten in fall 2016
July 5–8 (four-day camp)
Tuesday–Friday, 9am–4pm
At low tide, the shore reveals pockets of shallow water surrounded by fortresses of rocks. Hundreds of tiny animals call these glimmering pools home until they’re covered by the incoming tide. Join us to hear fishy tales and sing sea songs from a day in the life of an ever-changing tide pool. The hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, sea stars, anemones and more who dwell there can’t wait to share their stories with you. All camp activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Coral Reef Kingdoms!
For kids entering grades 1–2 in fall 2016
Session 1: July 11–15
Session 2: August 8–12
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Join us for an imaginary journey to the tropics, with a focus on the animals found in the Aquarium’s Pacific Coral Reef exhibit. Discover a working reef in action through special feedings, diver shows and hands-on activities throughout the week. Coral reefs are one of the most complex ecosystems on Earth—come meet some of the animals that call the reef home, including clownfish, giant clams, puffers and more! All camp activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Furry & Feathered Friends!
For kids entering grades 1–2 in fall 2016
Session 1: June 27–July 1
Session 2: July 25–29
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Zoom like a shorebird through the Aquarium and bask in the sun with our seals and otters! This camp is all about marine animals that dwell along our Pacific Northwest coastline. Learn about diving birds that fly underwater while fishing for their prey, and meet the shorebirds that migrate far and wide to annually check into Washington! Next, meet all four species of our marine mammals and learn how we care for them here at the Aquarium and in the wild. Your week will be filled with stories, songs and works of animal art. All camp activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Here and there! Partnership summer camp

Legends of the Deep—a day camp with Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT)

For kids entering grades 1–4 in fall 2016
August 22–26
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm

Dive into the deep and explore a magical world of coral reefs, salmon and seals. Develop acting skills as you immerse yourself in a dramatic adventure while also engaging in hands-on marine science in this unique experience. Our adventure will conclude with a field trip on the last day to welcome the salmon home as they journey through the Ballard locks, then we’ll head off to explore the wetlands and beaches at Golden Gardens.

Camp takes place at the Seattle Aquarium. For scholarship information, please visit sct.org/School/Financial-Aid.


Aquatic Artists
For kids entering grades 3–4 in fall 2016
Session 1: July 11–15
Session 2: August 8–12
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Inspired by the diversity of marine animals and their habitats, this one-of-a-kind camp focuses on both the artistic and scientific aspects of aquatic life. Ideal for those interested in animals and the environment, influenced by the beauty of the natural world, and eager to create art in their own style. Each day will feature different themes, activities and the creation of a quality, long-lasting masterpiece created after venturing behind the scenes and throughout the exhibits to observe live subjects and ecosystems. All camp activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Ocean Odyssey
For kids entering grades 3–4 in fall 2016
Session 1: June 27–July 1
Session 2: July 25–29
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Explore what comes ashore with Aquarium experts. Our team of biologists, researchers and a veterinarian go on many adventures throughout the year to observe what is taking place along our shorelines from Washington to Alaska. Discover their latest findings and conduct mini research surveys of your own using some of the same methods our Aquarium team utilizes. Each day will bring us to new places and adventures amongst the amazing stretches of coast where the land meets the sea. All camp activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Junior Marine Biologist—Intro to Inverts and Ichthyology
For kids entering grades 5–6 in fall 2016
Session 1: July 18–22
Session 2: August 1–5
Session 3: August 15–19
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Washington is home to thousands of species of marine invertebrates and fish, from sea stars to sharks. Marine life abounds year-round in Puget Sound, along the shoreline and beneath the surface. Here at the Aquarium, meet the locals that live in tide pools, kelp forests and the deeper depths while comparing them to our tropical Pacific collections as you survey hundreds of species through our exhibits and along the Seattle waterfront. Discover the natural history, cycles and day-to-day life of these charismatic icons of the Pacific Northwest. Camp activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium and via local field excursions including kayaking and beach trips.

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Unexplored Ocean—Discoveries in Marine Science
For youth entering grades 7–8 in fall 2016
Session 1: July 18–22, for girls
Session 2: August 1–5, for all genders
Session 3: August 15–19, for boys
Monday–Thursday, 9am–4pm and Friday 7am–7:30pm
This camp provides insight into the latest research in marine science exploration. Uncover the latest findings related to Earth’s largest, mostly unexplored expanse: our one big ocean. Engage in team-building activities with marine science technology and underwater exploration tools. Develop a greater understanding of the microscopic world of water and learn more about larger-than-life phenomena in the abyss. Plus, enjoy excursions throughout the week: to local field sites for restoration area cleanups and to meet local scientists—and conclude our week on a boat excursion in search of a variety of sea life including orcas!

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Here and there! Partnership summer camp

Voyaging Puget Sound with The Center for Wooden Boats—a five-day camp including one overnight

For youth ages 13–16; age exceptions are not permitted due to Coast Guard regulations
August 1–5
Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9am–5pm: Seattle Aquarium
Wednesday, 9am–overnight: Seattle Aquarium, then voyage to Blake Island
Thursday: wake up at Blake Island and voyage to Seattle Aquarium. Camp ends at 5pm.

Explore our local waterways by leading your own voyage. Join sailing and science instructors from The Center for Wooden Boats and the Seattle Aquarium on the longboat Discovery, a 26-foot open rowing and sailing boat like those used by explorers Cook and Vancouver. Chart your course across the Puget Sound, conduct science experiments at sea and present your research at the Aquarium. Develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills while having fun and gaining technical ability in sailing, rowing, navigation and field observation.

Camp takes place at the Seattle Aquarium; overnight takes place at Blake Island.

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