Heal the Bay Aquarium Science Camp

UPDATE: Heal the Bay Aquarium is now offering both virtual camp and in-person camps. Contact Tiki with questions. Our team is following CDC and LA County Department of Public Health guidelines for how to remain safe and reduce risk. The health and safety of our staff, campers, and communities continue to be our number one priority. See our COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines below*.

Cool off this summer at Heal the Bay Aquarium Science Camp where you can meet new friends and learn all about the animals who call the ocean home! Both virtual and in-person sessions are offered for grades Pre-K through 8. Campers enjoy discovery and exploration through a variety of science experiments, activities, games, and crafts. Our in-person Camp sessions happen Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm. Our virtual camp sessions occur Monday to Friday from 3pm to 4pm.

 

Camp Registration is Open

(Register here if you are experiencing issues with the form above.)

Spring Break Camp

April 11-15Voyage to the Shore

(Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 6)

“Voyage to the Shore” with Heal the Bay for an intertidal exploration. Learn about this dynamic environment and the many special abilities required to live there.  Meet some of the stars of the shore!

  • Day 1: In the Zone (Intertidal Intro) Environmental Conditions
  • Day 2: Echinoderms (sea stars/sand dollars/sea cucumbers/urchins)
  • Day 3: Mollusks (snails/mussels/octopus/squids)
  • Day 4: Crustaceans (crabs/spiny lobsters/sand crabs)
  • Day 5: In the Zone (Intertidal Outro) Adaptations (Funday Friday)

Cost: $350 for the full week, or $75 daily; T-shirt and fun science kit with registration (given out first day of camp/attendance)

Virtual Spring Break Camp: 3-4pm, $99 for the whole week


Summer Camp Sessions

Session 1: June 27- July 1 / Fin-tastic Fun

(Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 2)

  • Day 1: Tour the Aquarium – Camp o”fish”ally gets started with an introduction to the world of fins and gills
  • Day 2: Sharks (Chimeras and large sharks) – There’s some-fin special about these amazing creatures
  • Day 3: Rays – Make room for mantas, round rays, bat rays
  • Day 4: Skates and other shark relatives – The shark family is even bigger than you thought.
  • Day 5: Fun Friday – Celebrate a fin-tastic week of learning with an ice cream party, games, music and crafts

Session 2: July 5-8 / Wiggly Wonders

(Grade 3- Grade 5)

No Camp July 4, 2022***4 day Camp special***Tuesday-Friday – $300

  • Day 1: Octopus – Feed the octopus and learn about the beauty of Chromatophores with chromatography art demonstrations
  • Day 2: Squids – Bring on the bioluminescence with hands on experiments, take a deep dive into squids
  • Day 3: Jellyfish – Get science savvy with microscope observations and learn about the life cycle, regeneration abilities, relatives of our aquarium jellies
  • Day 4: Fun Friday – Celebrate of the strong, spineless type with an ice cream party, games, music and crafts

Session 3: July 11-15 / Community Science

(Grade 6 – Grade 8)

  • Day 1: Aquarium tour – Get a hands-on introduction to Community Science and Animal care with jellyfish and brine shrimp collection, observation and data
  • Day 2: Jellyfish Cultivation – Check out how we cultivate, study, and care for our Moon Jellies
  • Day 3: Sand Crab Monitoring and Observation -Learn how to collect and compare data like real marine scientists
  • Day 4: Brine Shrimp Cultivation – Check out how we cultivate, study, and care for our Brine Shrimp
  • Day 5: FriYAY Fun – Have a whale of an ice cream party and kick back with games, music, crafts

Session 4: July 18-22 / Fin-tastic Fun

(Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 2)

  • Day 1: Aquarium tour – Camp o”fish”ally gets started with an introduction to the world of fins and gills
  • Day 2: Sharks (Chimeras and large sharks) – There’s some-fin special about these amazing creatures
  • Day 3: Rays – Make room for mantas, round rays, bat rays
  • Day 4: Skates and other shark relatives – The shark family is even bigger than you thought
  • Day 5: Fun Friday – Celebrate a fin-tastic week of learning with an ice cream party, games, music and crafts

(NO CAMP) July 25-29

Session 5: August 1-5 / Wiggly Wonders

  • Day 1: Aquarium tour – Invertebrate introductions with mollusks and hydrozoa
  • Day 2: Octopus – Feed the octopus and learn about the beauty of Chromatophores with chromatography art demonstrations
  • Day 3: Squids – Bring on the bioluminescence with hands on experiments, take a deep dive into squids
  • Day 4: Jellyfish – Get science savvy with microscope observations and learn about the life cycle, regeneration abilities, relatives of our aquarium jellies
  • Day 5: Fun Friday – Celebrate of the strong, spineless types found in our ocean with an ice cream party, games, music and crafts

Please note the grade range indicates what grade the camper entered in Fall 2021.

If you are interested in our camp, but not available at the time listed, please fill out this form so that we may contact you when additional sessions open up.


COST

*Spring Break Camp 

In-Person Camp

$350 for the full week

$75 per day for 1 day experiences

Includes T-shirt and fun science kit with registration (given out first day of camp/attendance)

Virtual Camp

Virtual Spring Break Camp: 3-4pm, $99 for the whole week

*Summer Session

In-Person Camp

$350 per Weekly Session (Includes private access to Heal the Bay Aquarium, a camp t-shirt, a science investigators kit)

$300 ***4 Day Camp Special***Tuesday-Friday -ONLY Session 2 July 5-8, 2022, Wiggly Wonders

Virtual Camp

$99 per Weekly Session (Includes Zoom links and live interactive sessions, a camp t-shirt, a science investigators kit). $25 for an additional sibling.

Heal the Bay Members receive a discount! (Learn more about Heal the Bay membership and contact us to redeem your coupon code.)


SCHOLARSHIP

Thanks to the generosity of community partners, we have a limited number of camp scholarships available. If you need partial or full financial assistance for your child to attend virtual camp, please fill out the application in the registration above after reading our Camp Scholarship Eligibility and Application.


CANCELLATION POLICY

For cancellations made prior to 2 weeks before the start of your registered camp session, the camp fee can be refunded, less a $50 administration fee. Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the start of your registered camp session are non-refundable.


CAMP FORMS

Please Download and fill out all Camp Forms before arriving at Science Camp.


QUESTIONS?

See our In-Person Camp FAQs and Virtual Camp FAQs.

For any other questions, please contact Tiki at twilson@healthebay.org, or Kelly at kkelly@healthebay.org.


*COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines

  • All guests over the age of 2 are required to wear a face mask covering both mouth and nose at all times.
  • Campers will maintain a 3-foot distance from others when able and feasible.
  • Campers will not attend if they are sick with a fever and/or respiratory symptoms.
  • Campers will also not attend if they have come into contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
  • No food or drink is allowed inside Heal the Bay Aquarium. Snacks and lunch will be eaten outside on our patio.
  • Heal the Bay staff will wear masks at all times.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at our exit, and we have hand washing areas on-site for camper convenience and use.

Keep Exploring

Learn more about Aquarium Science Camp, see our FAQs and check out the gallery below of Aquarium Science Camp fun!

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