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 2014

Marsh Pavilion
Tuesday, April 8; 5:00-8:00 pm.

Registration will be accepted by mail, phone, or in person for members and non-members starting April 9, 2014. Payment must accompany registration.

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

2014 Summer Camp Descriptions

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

Check out these brand new camp opportunities designed especially for 5-year-old early learners. In these camps, we'll build on their knowledge of the animal world and expose them to the wonders of nature.
Fee: $30 members; $38 non-members

Just Beachy
June 25 & July 9
We'll bring the sand, waves, and beach critters to your camp. Join us to comb "our" beach for great finds with hands-on learning.

Slimey Ooey Goo
July 16 & 23
Get your hands dirty learning about the disgusting things animals do through hands-on activities, animal encounters, and interactive games.

Exploring the World Around You
July 30 & August 6
There are many fascinating discoveries to be made around the world and in your own back yard. Practice your skills as a naturalist and a geologist as you learn about animals and landscapes from the past and present.

Hungry, Hungry Predators
August 13 & 20
Big teeth aren't enough to scare us away! Discover the amazing ways predators find and capture their prey.

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

(NEW) Wonders of Water
June 23-24; July 7-8; August 4-5 
Observe aquatic animals in the aquariums, creek, and freshwater pond and conduct fun hands-on experiments to discover the unique properties of water.
Fee: $60 members; $75 non-members

All About Bugs
June 26-27; August 7-8

Explore the fascinating world of insects and other terrestrial invertebrates in this camp "buzzing" with activities. Make critter crafts, play buggy games, and observe live specimens.
Fee: $60 members; $75 non-members

Let's Go Birding
July 10-11

Get up close with some of our feathery ambassadors to learn all about birds, including how to identify them and how to attract them to your yard.
Fee: $60 members; $75 non-members

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

(NEW)Nature Rangers
July 14-15; August 18-19
Become an expert Nature Ranger as you explore Owls Creek and the habitats surrounding it. Learn how to identify animals and signs of wildlife as you search for frogs in the freshwater pond, hunt for fiddler crabs in the saltmarsh, and look for birds and bugs in the maritime forest.
Fee: $120 members; $150 non-members

Yuck That's Gross
July 17-18; August 21-22
Do you know why sea stars throw up their own stomachs or why snails produce slime? Find the answers to these questions and discover other gross facts through dissections, hands-on activities, and live animal observation.
Fee: $120 members; $150 non-members

For Ages 9-12

Camp times vary. Please check individual descriptions.

This Way to the Bay SOLD OUT
June 23- 27; July 21-25; August 4-8 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Discover the Chesapeake Bay and coastal ocean habitat through a variety of unique activities. Explore the shoreline and shallow waters on Eastern Shore and along First Landing State Park. Go kayaking, seining, and dolphin watching. Learn to snorkel and participate in a trawling trip to collect fish and invertebrates.
Fee: $250 members; $300 non-members

July 7-11 (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.

(NEW) Marine Explorers SOLD OUT
July 16-18; July 30-August 1 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)  
As a Marine Explorer, you'll experience some of the many ways scientists explore the Bay and ocean and conserve its resources. Learn SCUBA skills and go kayaking in search of dolphins. Seine the bay and trawl the ocean for fish and invertebrates. Visit an aquaculture farm to put your clamming skills to the test and meet scientists conducting climate change research. This in-depth experience is limited to 8 campers.
Fee: $175 members; $200 non-members

S.W.A.T. – Seals, Whales, and Turtles SOLD OUT
June 30- July 1; July 14-15; July 28-29 (9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Get in the water with the seals during a training session, go dolphin watching with Aquarium dolphin 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 SOLD OUT
August 11-12 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Learn about local game fish of Virginia Beach and why some are now being protected. We'll put our "catch and release" skills to the test during a trip to a fishing 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

Aquatic Collections SOLD OUT
August 13-15 (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 science 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