Explore the ocean from top to bottom this summer with Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
Summer Learning Adventure Camp
June 22 - August 21, 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.
General registration begins March 8, 2016. Priority phone only registration for Aquarium Associates level (or above) members begins on Tuesday March 1, 2016. To register, call 858-534-7336.
2015 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.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
*Enroll your child according to the grade he/she will enter in Fall 2015.
Please click on the grade levels for class descriptions and galleries.
Sessions fill quickly, so be sure to register early. Birch Aquarium members at the Aquarium Associates level or above can take advantage of priority registration starting on
Monday, March 2 (Aquarium Associates must call to register for camp during priority registration). Public registration begins on March 9 and will be
filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Enroll your child according to the grade he/she will enter in Fall
2015. Our programs are designed for the age group specified and age
grouping will be strictly upheld. Birth certificate verification may
be required for any child entering Pre-K camps.
Register online, by phone, or in person.
We accept payments by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American
Express, and Discover Card), cash, 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
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! Call 858-534-5771 or go online to become a member today.
Thanks to the generosity of various donors, a limited amount of
financial aid is available for campers who demonstrate financial
need. For more information and an application call Visitor Services at 858-534-7336
Camps are refundable until seven days prior to the start of that camp.
There is a non-refundable $25 deposit. There will be no refunds within
the one week of camp.
Should a class have insufficient enrollment, it will be cancelled
five days prior to the scheduled start date. In this event, a full
refund will be made, or an opportunity to enroll in another
camp—space permitting—will be provided.
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. Camp participants will also have access to 15-minute
pick-up/drop-off parking spaces in the lot.
In our classroom and field programs, the student-to-staff ratio is
at least 5:1 for ages 4-5 and 7:1 for ages 6 and up. Programs that
take place in the ocean have a 5:1 ratio for all ages.
2015 Camp Brochure
2015 Camp Descriptions
Camp Philosophy and Goals
Videos Summer Camps at Birch Aquarium
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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
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
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.