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Summer Camp

Inspiring wonder and appreciation through education and exploration

All Aquarium Camp Sessions for Summer 2020 are Cancelled

Please complete this survey if your child was registered for camp.

Note: If you have already filled out the survey for your June camper and chose to transfer to a July camp, please fill out the survey again to let us know how to proceed with your camp tuition. 

Dear Camp Parents and Guardians,

First of all, we want to say how much we miss you, and we hope that you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.

In accordance with the Hamilton County Health Department and Governor Bill Lee's Executive Order #30 for Tennessee, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all Aquarium Camp sessions for 2020. While conditions may improve before July, it is unclear when the guidelines will be changed. Unfortunately, we are concerned that the uncertainty will not give us enough time to prepare an outstanding camp experience with properly trained staff, materials for activities, and arrangements of events. 

Again, it is with sincerest apologies that we will not be able to have Summer Camp this year. We understand how disappointing this is for everyone, and we wanted to give everyone as much advance notice as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Danielle Pope White at       

We hope you and your family stay well, and we hope to see everyone at camp next summer!

No Aquarium Camps Available for 2020

- Aquarium Camps are $240 for members and $280 for non-members.
- All Aquarium Camps begin at 9:00 am ET and end at 4:00 pm ET.
- Children are only allowed to participate in age-appropriate camps.

Wonderfully Weird and Wacky
Ages 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12
From slimy salamanders to mouthy paddlefish, explore the wonderful weirdness that is the animal kingdom. Learn how animals survive and thrive and what makes them so special in their own weird and wacky way. 

Mad Scientists
Ages 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12
Follow your mad curiosity about science, animals, and the natural world. Students will become real scientists as they investigate, observe, and ask questions about animal science with hands-on activities, experiments, and field journaling. 

Keeper for a Week
Ages 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12
Can you train an alligator? What do you do to keep an octopus brain active? Ever wondered what it would be like to work at an aquarium? Follow along as we go behind the scenes to observe a week in the life of an Animal Care Specialist. 

Animal Olympics
Ages 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12
A Gentoo penguin can swim 22 miles per hour. A sea turtle can hold its breath for up to 7 hours. The best athletes in the world come from the animal kingdom and not from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village! Join us as we run, jump, and slither our way into the wonderful world of animal agility. 

No Speciality Camps Available for 2020

- Most Specialty Camps begin at 9:00 am ET and end at 4:00 pm ET. (Times may vary.)
- Children are only allowed to participate in age-appropriate camps.

Animal Detectives
Mon. - Wed., 9:00-11:30 am
$95 for members and $115 for non-members
A responsible adult is expected to stay and participate with each camper.
Create life-long memories with that special young person in your life as you and your toddler (or grand-toddler or little friend) explore the world of nature around us. Campers discover their detective skills as they look for clues as to how animals move, what they eat, and how they protect themselves. Days are filled with special activities in the galleries, sneak peeks behind-the-scenes, games, crafts, books, animal encounters, and more. 

Nature Engineers
Ages 5-6
$280 for members and $330 for non-members
Learn about animals, the scientists who study them, and the real-world problems that they encounter. Campers use what they learn and their own imaginations to engineer solutions to problems, such as keeping water clean, helping animals navigate changing landscapes, and protecting native animal species. 

Nature on the Page
Ages 7-9
$280 for members and $330 for non-members
Get inspired by the animals and habitats at the Tennessee Aquarium when campers write and illustrate their own book! They will explore the elements of a good story, how to teach through writing and multiple types of art illustrations. At the end of the week, campers get to take home their own unique storybook, written and illustrated by them! 

Nature’s Wonders
Ages 7-9
$315 for members and $365 for non-members

Partner camp with Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center.
Using the facilities and experts at both the Tennessee Aquarium and Reflection Riding, campers will immerse themselves in nature. They will enjoy activities that have compelled humans for millennia—hunting, gathering, building, playing in the water, hiding, stalking, solving nature mysteries, telling stories, and making animal friends. This camp spends A LOT of time outdoors! Special activities include canoeing and hiking. Campers spend two days at the Tennessee Aquarium, and three days exploring Reflection Riding. Pick up and drop off will be at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Forces of Nature 
Ages 8-10

$315 for members and $365 for non-members
Land, water, and underground all provide a delicate balance to our ecosystem. Campers will experience each one's role in the amazing world of our backyard as they discover the importance of conservation through aquarium exploration, a hike, a paddle, and a caving crawl.

STEM Around Us
Ages 10-12
$315 for members and $365 for non-members

Campers discover how science, technology, engineering, and math are used in everyday life as they explore the natural world. Campers will answer questions such as, What makes a fish a great swimmer? How do seeds fly? Each activity will help campers discover how STEM can be used to make sense of the world around us.  

Wild World of Art
Ages 10-12
$315 for members and $365 for non-members

This camp offers an exploration of the natural world through the lens of an artist, campers will play with colors, design with natural materials, and let their creativity flow as they uncover the beauty of nature. 

Concerning Conservation
Ages 13-14
$340 for members and $390 for non-members

Calling all conservationists! Designed for teens interested in careers associated with biology, ecology, conservation, and environmental science, this camp challenges campers to solve real-world problems while engaging their leadership and creative abilities. During this week-long journey, campers will meet real scientists to discuss common obstacles and uncommon successes, they will discover new interests, experience underwater worlds, and learn what it takes to make a difference.



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