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Summer Camp

Dive in this summer for another great summer at Aqua Camp!

Registration opens March 4 for Aquarium Members and March 11 for everyone!

Join us as we explore the world around us through animal encounters, Aquarium tours, activities, hands-on exploration, and so much more. There are many different camps to choose from to fit the best experience for everyone!

Our teen camp is returning for campers between the ages 13 and 16 years old!

New this year is our Tiny Tides Pre-K Camp! During this mini week of camp, we will hold a half-day drop off style camp for campers between the ages of 4 to 5. This is a great opportunity for your campers to have their first day camp experience! The ability to use the restroom independently is required.

Camp Times

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Before Care ($10.00/day) – 7:30 am to 9:00 am
After Care ($10.00/day) – 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Pricing

General Camps – $252 for members / $280 for non-members
Specialty Camps – $337.50 for members / $375 for non-members
Teen Camp – $202.50 for members / $225 for non-members
Pre-K Camp – $108 for members / $120 for non-members
(More details for all camps below)

Limited Scholarships Available

Applications open February 12, 2024, and must be received by April 13, 2024.

Scholarship Application (English)
Scholarship Application (Spanish)

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General Camps

General camps are developed for campers between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. General campers will predominantly stay on campus and are a great choice for those who may be first time campers.

Wild Legends
Dates: June 10 – 14 / July 8 – 12
Ages: 5 – 12 years old

Join us as we explore wild and mysterious animal legends. Each day, we will use science to debunk or confirm a new animal myth. We also will explore the Aquarium, engage in fun, animal-themed crafts and activities, and meet our ambassador animals!

Secret Superheroes
Dates:
June 17 – 21 / July 15 – 19
Ages: 5 – 12 years old

Not all superheroes wear capes. Sometimes, they have feathers, fur, and scales. This week, we will discover nature’s secret superheroes before becoming one ourselves. We’ll also explore the Aquarium, make fun crafts, perform science experiments, and meet incredible ambassador animals!

Sense-sational Animals
Dates:
June 24 – 28 / July 22 – 26
Ages: 5 – 12 years old

Have you ever wondered how a stingray can see prey hidden in the sand or how a bumblebee finds the perfect flower? From locating food to escaping danger, some animals have extraordinary senses that help them survive and thrive. In this sense-sational camp, we’ll explore the Aquarium, conduct science experiments, and meet ambassador animals to learn the unusual ways they see, hear, smell, touch, and taste!

Nature Nuts
Dates:
July 1-3, Full-day Option
Ages: 5 – 8 years old

This mini week of camp is perfect for the camper who may be new to the camp experience. For three days we will explore nature through hands-on activities, ambassador animal encounters, crafts, and snack time! Join us as we explore the Aquarium and the natural world around us!

Specialty Camps

Specialty Camps have 3 field trips included and are for campers between the ages of 9 and 14 years old. This is a wonderful choice for those adventurous campers!

Trailblazers
Dates:
June 10 – 14 / July 8 – 12
Ages: 9 – 12 years old

Spend the week learning how the health of forests benefits our creek and river ecosystems. After exploring the Aquarium and meeting our ambassador animals, we will set out on hiking trails in nearby state parks and national forests to learn about them firsthand. You won’t want to miss out on this outdoor adventure!

Eco-Builders
Dates:
June 24 – 28 / July 22 – 26
Ages: 9 – 14 years old

How are habitats built? We will meet scientists from the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute to learn how nature’s engineers create a habitat for themselves and other animals and how we can responsibly build around them. During this amazing week of camp, we’ll spend time exploring creeks, meeting our ambassador animals, and experimenting with eco-engineering!

Teen Camp

Nature Tech Teens
Dates:
July 1 – 3
Ages: 13 – 16 years old

During this mini week of camp, our teens will learn how we use technology to understand the wild world around us. Whether it’s used for tracking animals, testing water quality, or identifying animals, technology is helping advance science. We will tour the Aquarium, meet ambassador animals, and use our tech-savvy skills while hiking through nature and exploring our region’s creeks!

Pre-K Camp

Tiny Tides Pre-K
Dates:
July 1 – 3, Half-day Option
Ages: 4 – 5 years old

Join us for our new Tiny Tides Pre-K camp. This half-day option is perfect for little ones who want to learn about nature in a fun, safe, and age-appropriate environment. This shorter-format camp for ages 4 to 5 years old lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We will explore nature though hands-on activities, ambassador animal encounters, and snack time! Ability to use the restrooms independently is required.

 

Questions?

Contact us at summercamp@tnaqua.org or 423-785-4093.

View the Summer Camp Info Packet

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