2017 Summer Day Camps


Camps are offered for children ages 6 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:

  • Wednesday, April 5 from 4:30-6:30 pm. in the Marsh Pavilion Lobby
  • Payment must accompany registration.

Registration by mail, phone, or in person:

  • Starting Monday, April 10 for members and non-members
  • 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 for more information about camp activities and registration procedures.

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2017 Summer Camp Descriptions

Age 6-7

All camps are two days, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day

Fun with Science

June 29-30; July 20-21
Discover just how fun science can be through exciting lab experiments and outdoor explorations.
$60 members; $80 non-members

Wonders of Water

June 26-27; July 17-18
Search for aquatic animals, investigate watery habitats and participate in hands on explorations that reveal the magic of water and the adaptations needed to survive in it.
$60 members; $80 non-members

Age 7-9

All camps are two days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

Nature Rangers

July 10-11 Sold Out; July 24-25
Learn how to find animals as you explore Owls Creek and its surrounding habitats. Scoop for tadpoles in the freshwater pond, collect crabs in the marsh, and hike the maritime forest to search for birds, insects, and signs of other wildlife.
$120 members; $150 non-members

Investigating Invertebrates

July 13-14; July 27-28
Worms, insects, spiders, crabs and squid are all invertebrates - animals without a backbone. Get to know these amazing creatures through lab experiments, outdoor observations, hands-on experiences with live animals, and visit our summer temporary exhibit, Giant Insects.
$120 members; $150 non-members

Age 9-12

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

This Way to the Bay

June 26-30; July 24-28; August 14-18
Explore the diverse habitats and observe some of the animals that make the Chesapeake Bay a unique resource. Search for life in the Chesapeake Bay during excursions to the Eastern Shore and First Landing State Park. Kayak to explore a marsh, take a Dolphin Discoveries boat trip, and trawl for fish and invertebrates.
$250 members; $300 non-members


July 17-21, August 7-11
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, hunt for fossils on the York River and look for snakes in Back Bay.
$250 members; $300 non-members

Age 12-15

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

Marine Explorers

July 12-14 Sold Out; August 2-4
Do you want to become a marine scientist? Meet aquarium staff and learn about the research they do on local animals. Take an introductory class of SCUBA. Kayak in search of dolphins. Seine the bay and trawl the ocean for fish and invertebrates aboard Virginia Aquarium’s Ocean Explorer research vessel.
Fee: $175 members; $200 non-members

S.W.A.T. – Seals, Whales, and Turtles

July 6-7, July 10-11; July 31-August 1 Sold Out
Discover the amazing lives of air breathing marine animals. Meet harbor seals and their trainers, go on a Dolphin Discoveries boat trip with Aquarium experts, and attend a sea turtle feeding and training session.
Fee: $150 members; $200 non-members

Age 9-15

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

Fishing for Fun

July 6-7; August 21-22 Sold Out
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.
$120 members; $150 non-members

Cool Catches

August 23-25 Sold Out
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.
$175 members; $200 non-members