Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
2018 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, March 28 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 2 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.

  Download Registration Form

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

Wonders of Water

June 25-26; July 16-17
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

Reptiles and Amphibians

June 28-29 ; July 19-20
Some are smooth and slimy while others are dry and scaly. Come discover who slithers, who hops, and who swims. Learn to identify amphibians and reptiles through observation, hands-on activities, 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 9-10; July 23-24
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

Yuck that's Gross

July 12-13; July 26-27
Do you know why turkey vultures projectile vomit or why snails produce slime? Find the answers to these questions and other gross facts through dissections, hands-on learning and live animal observation.
Fee: $120 members; $150 non-members

For Ages 9-12 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

This Way to the Bay

June 25-29; July 23-27; August 6-10
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 16-20; July 30-August 3
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

For Ages 12-15 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Marine Explorers

July 11-13; August 1-3
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 2-3; July 9-10; July 30-31
Discover the amazing lives of air breathing marine animals. Meet harbor seals and their trainers, go look for dolphins with Aquarium experts aboard the Virginia Aquarium's Ocean Explorer research vessel, and attend a sea turtle feeding and training session.
Fee: $150 members; $200 non-members

Specialty Camps for Ages 9-15 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Fishing for Fun

July 5-6; August 13-14
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 15-17
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