Camps are offered for children ages 5 to 15. To participate, a child must meet the specified age requirement by the time a camp begins.


Virginia Aquarium camps focus primarily on marine science, but also include other science and nature topics. Camp activities are developed and conducted by the Aquarium's educators and emphasize experiential learning through animal interactions, outdoor investigations, and hands-on activities..

Members-Only Onsite Registration:

  • Tuesday, April 14 from 5:00-7:00 pm. in the Marsh Pavilion Lobby
  • Payment must accompany registration.

Registration by mail, phone, or in person:

  • Starting Wednesday, April 15, both members and non-members may register.
  • Payment must accompany registration.

Camp Details:

After registration, you will receive camp forms that must be completed and returned to the Aquarium no later than two weeks prior to camp. These forms also can be downloaded from the Virginia Aquarium website. When camp forms have been returned, we will send you information on camp activities and check-in time and location.

For more information:

Call our Youth Programs Registrar at  (757) 385-0278 to inquire about camp activities and registration procedures.

  Download Registration Form

2015 Summer Camp Descriptions

For Ages 5 (All camps are one day, 9 a.m. - noon)

Check out these camp opportunities that have been especially designed for 5-year-old early learners.

Bug N’ Out
July 8
Go on a hunt for bugs along the nature path to discover how these incredible animals move, eat, and defend themselves.
Fee: $30 members; $40 non-members

Slimey Ooey Goo
July 22
Animals do some icky and disgusting things, and you’ll discover some of them through hands-on activities, animal encounters, and interactive games.
Fee: $30 members; $40 non-members

Life on a Piling
August 5
A creeping, crawling, clinging menagerie of animals thrive on the pilings in Owls Creek. See these critters up close as we learn all about this ecosystem.
Fee:  $30 members; $40 non-members

Creatures of the Night
August 19
Nocturnal animals have special adaptations that allow them to be active at night.  Learn all about living in the dark and meet the Aquarium's nocturnal ambassadors.
Fee: $30 members; $40 non-members

For Ages 6-7 (All camps are two days, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Wonders of Water This camp is full.
July 13-14; July 27-28
Observe aquatic animals and conduct experiments that reveal the magic of water and the adaptations needed to survive in it.
Fee: $60 members; $80 non-members

Young Scientist This camp is full.
July 16-17; July 30-31
Discover just how fascinating and fun science can be through exciting and entertaining lab experiments, outdoor explorations, and live animal encounters.
Fee: $60 members; $80 non-members

For Ages 7-9 (All camps are two days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Nature Rangers
July 6-7 This camp is full; July 20-21
Learn how to find animals in a variety of places as you explore Owls Creek and its surrounding habitats. Scoop for tadpoles in the freshwater pond, collect crabs in the salt marsh, and hike the maritime forest to search for birds, insects, and signs of other wildlife.
Fee: $120 members; $150 non-members

Investigating Invertebrates
July 9-10 This camp is full; July 23-24
Worms, insects, spiders, crabs and squid are all invertebrates - animals without a backbone. Spend two days getting to know these amazing creatures through lab experiments, dissections, outdoor observations, and hands-on experiences with live animals.
Fee: $120 members; $150 non-members

For Ages 9-12 (Camp times vary. Please check individual descriptions.)

This Way to the Bay This camp is full.
July 6-10; July 27-31; August 10-14 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Explore the diverse habitats and observe some of the animals that make the Chesapeake Bay a unique resource. Search for life in the Bay during excursions to the Eastern Shore and First Landing State Park. Go kayaking, take a Dolphin Watch cruise, learn to snorkel, and trawl the ocean floor.
Fee: $250 members; $300 non-members

W.A.V.E. This camp is full.
July 20-24 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
This summer, do the WAVE - Wander Across Virginia’s Environment to discover some of Virginia’s unique wild places. Search for turtles and frogs in a cypress swamp, seine for fish and invertebrates in a variety of habitats, and look for snakes in Back Bay.
Fee: $250 members; $300 non-members

For Ages 12-15 (Camp times vary. Please check individual descriptions.)

Camp times vary. Please check individual descriptions.

Marine Explorers This camp is full.
July 15-17; August 5-7 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Explore some of the ways to study the ocean and make use of its resources. Learn SCUBA skills. Go kayaking in search of dolphins. Seine the bay and trawl the ocean for fish and invertebrates. Learn how aqua culturist farm clams and put your clamming skills to the test. This in-depth experience is limited to 8 campers.
Fee: $175 members; $200 non-members

S.W.A.T. – Seals, Whales, and Turtles This camp is full.
June 29- 30 ; July 13-14; August 3-4 (9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Discover the amazing lives of air breathing marine animals. Get in the water with the seals during a training session, go dolphin watching with Aquarium experts, and attend a sea turtle feeding and training session. This in-depth experience is limited to 8 campers.
Fee: $200 members; $250 non-members

Specialty Camps for Ages 9-15

Fishing FINatics This camp is full.
July 1-2 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.); August 17-18
Learn about the local game fish of Virginia Beach and why some are being protected. Put your “catch and release” skills to the test as we go fishing on a pier and aboard Virginia Aquarium’s Ocean Explorer research vessel. Bring your fishing pole and we’ll provide the bait and a tackle box for you to keep. This in-depth experience is limited to 8 campers.
Fee: $120 members; $150 non-members

Cool Catches This camp is full.
August 19-21 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Get wet and get going on your way to becoming an expert on local fish and invertebrates. Fine-tune your Marine Biology knowledge during daily collection trips, aquarium maintenance sessions and hands-on explorations of marine habitats. This advanced collection camp will be limited to 8 campers.
Fee: $175 members; $200 non-members