Marine summer camps

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Half-day options for youth ages 4–5

Tidepool tunes

Three-day camp, July 1–3

No camp July 4–5

9am–noon, morning session only

$103.25; Aquarium members $93

Come discover the fascinating world of tide pools and the enchanting animals that dwell there with crafts, songs, games and Aquarium experiences. Explore our Life on the Edge tide pool exhibit, then get an up-close view (and gently touch!) a variety of tide pool animals in our camp room. Plus, make models and try your hand at constructing a house for a hermit crab—your achievement will be rewarded with a crab stuffie at the end of the week!

All camp activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Fish Tales

Three-day camp, July 1–3

No camp July 4–5

1pm–4pm, afternoon session only

$103.25; Aquarium members $93

Get to know the fish of the Salish Sea with crafts, games, Aquarium experiences and more! We’ll explore the Aquarium together, then return to our camp room to learn more about the animals we’ve seen by making models, creating stories, dancing and playing games. Celebrate the end of the week with a fish stuffed animal to take home!

All camp activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Full-day options for youth ages 6–7

Who in the Sea is Just Like Me?

Session 1: July 8–12 

Waitlist only—scholarships still available

Session 2: Aug 5–9 

Waitlist only—scholarships still available

Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm

$385; Aquarium members $350

You may have more in common with sea otters than you think! Join us for a fun-filled week to learn about the similarities—and differences—between humans and marine mammals. Along the way you’ll learn what the Aquarium’s animals eat and go behind the scenes to see where their food is stored; discover what it’s like to be a marine mammal trainer and veterinarian; create your own model habitat; examine skulls and pelts; and much more! You’ll even take a sea otter stuffie home with you at the end of the week.

All activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Where in the Sea Can You Find Me?

Session 1: July 22–26 

Sold out!

Session 2: Aug 19–23 

Waitlist only—scholarships still available

Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm

$385; Aquarium members $350

Seventy-one percent of our planet’s surface is covered in water. That water takes many forms, from our ocean to estuaries and freshwater streams—and it’s all connected! Come explore our exhibits and observe the different habitats that make up this system. We will interact with local intertidal inhabitants, discover the salmon’s journey while crafting a reproduction of its habitat, and uncover the mystery of the sixgill shark! At the end of the week, take home your well-traveled salmon stuffie to your own habitat! 

All activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Full-day options for youth ages 8–9

Keepers of the Kelp

Session 1: July 8–12

Session 2: Aug 5–9

Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm

Cost: $385; Aquarium members $350

Did know there are forests in the ocean just like there are on land? Come learn about kelp forests, the important role they serve and what you can do to protect them. We’ll get crafty and construct our own kelp forest; meet an Aquarium diver before their descent into one of our exhibits; explore the Aquarium to observe some of the amazing animals that depend on kelp forests to survive; and more.

All activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Shark Researchers

Session 1: July 22–26 

Session 2: Aug 19–23 

Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm

Cost: $385; Aquarium members $350

They are fish, but they don’t have bones, they live all around the world including beneath the Seattle Aquarium, and they are always losing their teeth: sharks! Join us as we investigate all things chondrichthyes through the eyes of a researcher. Explore the senses of different sharks, learn the mystery of sixgill sharks in Puget Sound, and observe these cartilaginous fishes in our very own Underwater Dome exhibit.

All activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

Campers on the beach near ferry

Full-day options for youth ages 10–12

Marine Invertebrate Investigators

Session 1: July 15–19

Session 2: July 29–Aug 2

Session 3: Aug 12–16 Sold out!

Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm

Cost: $467.50; Aquarium members $425

Get a taste of life as a marine scientist during a week focused on the spineless creatures of the Salish Sea! You’ll observe and study a variety of invertebrates from the waters in and around the Aquarium—then pose a research question, collect data and present your groups’ findings for your family and friends. Throughout the week we’ll visit various local field sites, including a local beach to see where many marine invertebrates make their homes.

Camp activities take place at the Seattle Aquarium and at local field sites.

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Campers on the beach at low tide

Full-day options for youth ages 13–14

Whales of the Salish Sea

Scholarships still available!

Session 1: July 15–19, for all genders

Session 2: July 29–Aug 2, for girls

Session 3: Aug 12–16, for all genders

Monday–Thursday, 9am–4pm, Friday 7am–7pm

Cost: $522.50; Aquarium members $475

Come learn about our local whales and discover some of the many ways you could have a career focused on these incredible animals. Learn about orcas, humpbacks and gray whales as you explore various jobs that involve working toward conserving these cetaceans and their environment. You’ll go behind the scenes at the Aquarium, spend a day at a local beach to deepen your knowledge of the intertidal zone—and we’ll cap off the week with a voyage on the waters of the Salish Sea in search of a variety of sea life including, if we’re lucky, whales!

Camp activities take place at the Seattle Aquarium and at local field sites.

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