Explore the ocean from top to bottom this summer with Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Summer Learning Adventure Camp

June 27- August 26, 2016

Accredited by the American Camp Association

From the classroom to the seashore, our accredited Summer Learning Adventure Camps merge scientific exploration with hands-on fun and learning. Campers ages 4-15 investigate marine habitats, create ocean art projects, learn about careers in oceanography, and combine the science and sports of surfing and snorkeling, all while making new friends and memories.
Participants must provide their own snorkel gear and transportation to and from each day’s location.

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video 2016 Camp Descriptions

Registered Summer Camp Parents: please click here for information about your child's camp including medical forms, parent guides and site locations. Check your email confirmation for your username and password.

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How to Register

Sessions fill quickly, so be sure to register early. Birch Aquarium members at the Aquarium Associates level or higher can take advantage of priority registration starting on Monday, March 1 (Aquarium Associates and above must call to register for camp during priority registration). Public registration begins on March 8 and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enroll your child according to the age he/she will be as of June 27, 2016. Our programs are designed for the age group specified and age grouping will be strictly upheld. Birth certificate verification will be required for any child entering Age 4-5 (Pre-K) camps.

Register online, by phone, or in person. We accept payments by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card) or check. We cannot hold your child's space in a program until we have received full payment.

Once your registration is processed, a confirmation packet will be emailed to you immediately. This email will contain information about how to access specific documents and information about camp. It is important that you visit this web page to obtain the forms that must be filled out before the first day of camp.

For more information on programs and registration, please call Visitor Services from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., daily.

Phone: 858-534-7336    Fax: 858-534-6692
Email: birchaquariumprogram@ucsd.edu


Enjoy discounts on Summer Learning Adventure Camps by becoming a Birch Aquarium member. Join at our Aquarium Associates level or above and receive priority camp registration!

Membership includes unlimited admission to Birch Aquarium at Scripps for one year, guest passes, discounts to the aquarium café, the Birch Aquarium Gift Shop, and more! For more information about becoming a member, please call 858-534-5771 or go online.

Financial Aid

Thanks to the generosity of various donors, a limited amount of financial aid is available for campers who demonstrate financial need. For more information call Visitor Services at 858-534-7336 or register online.

Cancellation Policy

Camp fees include a non-refundable $50 deposit. If you need to cancel your registration, you must do so more than seven days prior to the first day of the camp session in order to receive a full refund (less the $50 deposit). NO REFUNDS are given 1-6 days before the start of the camp session. NO REFUNDS are given during the camp session.

Should a camp have insufficient enrollment, it will be cancelled five days prior to the scheduled start date. In this event, you will receive a full refund, or an opportunity to enroll in another camp—space permitting.


Three-hour complimentary parking is available for aquarium visitors. Camp participants will also have access to 15-minute pick-up/drop-off parking spaces in the parking lot. Park in the lot and a parent/guardian must escort your child to the camp check-in table by the Education Office. Please do not park in the traffic circle when dropping off or picking up your child due to the high volume of summertime visitors and clearance for emergency vehicles.

Student-to-Staff Ratio

In our classroom and field programs, the student-to-staff ratio is at least 5:1. Programs that take place in the ocean have a 5:1 ratio for all ages.

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Internship Opportunity: Summer Learning Adventures Informal Educator

Are you in high school or college (age 16 or older) and interested in spending a summer as an intern with Birch Aquarium's Summer Learning Adventure Camps? Learn more here!

American Camp Association Accreditation

ACA American Camp Association accreditation means that Birch Aquarium at Scripps undergoes a thorough review of its operations for compliance with up to 300 health, safety, and program-quality standards--from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. By enrolling your child in our ACA-accredited camp, you can be assured that it provides:

  • Healthy, developmentally appropriate activities and learning experiences
  • Discovery through experiential education
  • Caring, competent role models
  • Service to the community and the environment
  • Opportunities for leadership and personal growth

For more information about ACA, visit acacamps.org

Kids Included Together

KIT Birch Aquarium at Scripps is partnering with Kids Included Together, a nationwide program that provides the staff of summer-camp programs with training and support for including children with and without disabilities. For more information, visit kitonline.org.