Summer SeaCamp

Registration now open for members (non-members begins March 1st)!
Sign up your children or grandchildren now for SeaCamp 2015 to make sure you get the week you want!
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Registration now open for members (non-members begins March 1st)!

New for 2015! Summer is just around the corner, and we are excited to introduce three new SeaCamp topics – Sharks, Oceanography and Bioinspiration! Campers will be immersed in all things sharks, oceanography or bioinspiration as they enjoy some of our “most loved” activities, such as fishing and Aquarium visits, along with a whole host of new and engaging activities, such as chatting with an ocean scientist, tracking a shark or designing “products” from nature. Check the SeaCamp schedule below to find out which weeks these new topics will make their “debut” appearance.

 

SeaCamp Philosophy: Our camps and camp environments are designed to support inclusive and collaborative learning, promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) exploration and discovery, and empower campers to reach their full potential.

Scholarships: The Texas State Aquarium is offering an exciting summer camp experience for a select number of Coastal Bend children. Partial scholarships are available for children to attend SeaCamp thanks to generous support from NavyArmy Community Credit Union. The application deadline for scholarships is April 15, 2015. Applicants will be notified as soon as the scholarships have been awarded. Click here to fill out a scholarship application.

Extended Morning Care: Available for campers attending all camps, except for SeaSquirts, for an extra fee of $25 per camper for the week. Hours for Extended Morning Care are 7:30-9:00 a.m.

We look forward to celebrating summer with you and your campers!

 

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SeaSquirts (PreK, ages 4 and 5) 

Member: $125, Non-Member: $150 

Times: New! *Dates in italics include a morning and an afternoon session.

Explore ocean animals in this fun-filled camp designed specifically for young learners. Creative play, science discovery and storytelling add to the adventure as campers investigate the Aquarium’s unique habitats and animals. SeaSquirts is a four day camp with half-day sessions (Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon or 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) Campers will visit the Splash Park.

June 8 – 12  June 15 – 19  June 22 – 26 * June 29 – July 3
July 6 – 10 July 13 – 17*  July 20 – 24  July 27 – July 31 
Aug 3 – 7* Aug 10 – 14    

SeaStars (entering 1st grade)

Member: $210 Non-Member: $235 

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (pick-up anytime between 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

Learn about unique ocean habitats as you embark on a high-seas adventure around the world. “Travel” to a new location each day – from the Gulf of Mexico to the Amazon to the deep ocean- to discover amazing animals and their unique adaptations for survival. Science activities and crafty mementos will highlight this unforgettable voyage around the world. Camp includes a visit to the Splash Park.

*Sharks & Friends: Sharks, skates and rays, oh my! Learn about sharks, and their flat-bodied relatives the skates and rays, during this special week of SeaStars camp. Visit and touch the sharks and rays living at the Aquarium, discover where they live in the ocean and how they survive in their watery habitats. Shark and ray science activities and crafty mementos will top-off/highlight this fun-filled week. Camp includes a visit to the Splash Park.

June 8 – 12  June 15 – 19 June 22 – 26 *Sharks & Friends June 29 – July 3 
July 6 – 10  July 13 – 17 July 20 – 24 July 27 – 31
Aug 3 – 7 Aug 10 – 14 *Sharks & Friends Aug 17 – 21  

SeaUrchins (entering 2nd or 3rd grade)

Member: $220, Non-Member: $245

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (pick-up anytime between 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

Explore the shores of nearby beaches, bays and estuaries for birds, fish, shells, and invertebrates! Exciting hands-on science activities, along with fun water activities, such as canoeing and pool play, make this shoreline adventure tons of fun. Camper will learn the basics of fishing, visit amazing Aquarium habitats and take home creative self-made souvenirs. Camp includes water activities/play.

*Sharks Alive!: Explore the ocean for one of its most ancient inhabitants – Sharks! Learn about shark adaptations and diversity, and discover which sharks make the aquarium their home. Exciting hands-on science activities, shark investigations and meet & greet encounters with real sharks make this a camp one to remember. Camp includes water activities/play.

**Only One Ocean: Explore the ocean top to bottom to discover unique habitats, diverse animals and incredible ocean features.  Exciting hands-on science activities, investigations of nearby marine environments, visits to the Aquarium, and an introduction to fishing will showcase the importance of the ocean to our everyday lives, and how we can respect and protect it. Camp includes water activities/play.

***Learning from Nature: Get inspired by nature as you explore the Aquarium and local habitats to investigate the ingenious ways animals and plants avoid predators, soak up the sun and find food. Transform some of these “wild” adaptations into solutions for problems found at home and around the world. Creative exploration, design and play will make this a week to remember! Camp includes water activities/play

June 1 – 5  June 8 – 12  June 15 – 19  **Only One Ocean June 22 – 26  *Sharks Alive!
June 29 – July 3 July 6 – 10  ***Learning from Nature July 13 – 17  **Only One Ocean July 20 – 24
July 27 – 31  ***Learning from Nature Aug 3 – 7 Aug 10 – 14  *Sharks Alive! Aug 17 – 21

SeaHorses (entering 4th or 5th grade)

Member: $245, Non-Member: $270

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (pick-up anytime between 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

Jump into the ocean realm with us! Think and act like an ocean naturalist as you explore ocean biomes around the world, investigate local marine habitats and conduct observations of the Aquarium’s diverse plant and animal wildlife. Uncover the mystery of how animals survive in their unique environments and how they adapt to our ever-changing world. Hands-on science projects, creative activities and animal encounters will fill the week with fun and excitement. Camp includes water activities and a mid-week overnight stay at the Aquarium.

*Shark-ology: Dive into the world of sharks and rays as you unravel the mysteries and myths surrounding these ancient and diverse ocean dwellers. Become a marine scientist as you investigate local and distant ocean environments to discover which sharks and rays live there, how they survive and why they are so misunderstood. Camp includes water activities and a mid-week overnight stay (Aquarium).

**Exploring Our Blue Planet: Dive into ocean exploration as you unravel the mysteries of our “blue planet.” Become a scientist as you investigate local aquatic habitats and learn about the diversity of marine ecosystems, near and far. Conduct observations from a canoe, sharpen fishing skills, carry out experiments in a wetland, and explore Aquarium habitats. Each day brings a new adventure and a new discovery. Camp includes water activities/play and a mid-week overnight stay at the Aquarium.

***Naturally Inspired: Learn how scientists and engineers use nature to solve problems – big and small – as you investigate how nature adapts for survival. Use critical thinking and creative design to craft “natural” solutions to a series of real-world challenges. Explore a local wetland, the Aquarium and nearby shorelines for inspiration. Camp includes water activities/play and mid-week overnight stay at the Aquarium.

June 1 – 5   June 8 – 12   June 15 – 19 **Exploring Our Blue Planet June 22 – 26   *Shark-ology
June 29 – July 3 July 6 – 10  ***Naturally Inspired July 13 – 17  **Exploring Our Blue Planet July 20 – 24
July 27 – 31  ***Naturally Inspired Aug 3 – 7 Aug 10 – 14  *Shark-ology Aug 17 – 22

Explorers (entering 6th or 7th grade)

Members: $275, Non-Members: $300

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (pick-up anytime between 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) 

Channel your inner scientist as you explore the world of marine biology. Start your investigations at the Texas State Aquarium and local marine environments as you identify organisms, journal your discoveries and share your findings. Continue your exploration as you visit Padre Island National Seashore and the Nueces River Delta. This week full of hands-on science projects, field explorations/excursions and fun just can’t be missed. Camp includes water activities/play, daily field trips and a mid-week overnight stay at the Aquarium.

June 1 – 5   June 8 – 12   June 15 – 19 June 22 – 26 
June 29 – July 3 July 6 – 10 July 13 – 17 July 20 – 24
July 27 – 31 Aug 3 – 7 Aug 10 – 14 Aug 17 – 22

Voyagers (entering 8th or 9th grade)

Members: $305, Non-Members: $355

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (pick-up anytime between 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) 

Science and discovery are the focus of this unforgettable SeaCamp. Trek into adventure as you explore the Aquarium from “behind the scenes” to learn about the habitats and animals cared for. Continue exploring at Welder Wildlife Refuge for an overnight stay and day full of field and science investigations. Take part in the scientific process as you observe, journal and share your discoveries and experiments during the Archimedes boat trip.  Camp includes water activities, daily field excursions and a mid-week overnight stay (Welder).

June 15 – 19 June 29 – July 3 July 6 – 10  July 13 – 17
July 27 – 31 Aug 3 – 7 Aug 10 – 14  

Aquanauts (entering 10th or 11th grade)

Members: $330, Non-Members: $355

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (pick-up anytime between 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) 

Surf, trek and kayak into science as you hone your skills as a Coastal Bend naturalist. Daily adventures and investigations take you to a riparian habitat, the Victoria Zoo, an Archimedes boat trip, and a surf lesson – all in the name of science! Observe, sample, experiment, journal, and share as you practice the scientific process and learn more about the diversity of science-based careers. Camp includes water activities, daily field excursions and two mid-week overnight events (Welder and Victoria Zoo).

June 22 – 26  July 20 – 24