Mystic, CT (March 22, 2016): Education is at the core of Mystic Aquarium’s mission to inspire people to care for and protect the ocean planet. Each and every day, Mystic Aquarium educators engage with students of all ages to practice science-based conservation in fun and engaging ways. Even over the summer months, Mystic Aquarium works with children in an effort to foster conservation- minded citizens of the future.
Combining play, exercise, and education, Mystic Aquarium summer camps provide a meaningful and affordable solution to parents over summer break. The camp programs group children by age and are engaged through age appropriate activities that balance fun with education. In addition to camp programming, Mystic Aquarium also provides extended day programs for specified age groups for the working family. Mystic Aquarium summer camps are accredited with the American Camp Association.
For complete program overviews including scheduling, pricing and registration, visit MysticAquarium.org or call Mystic Aquarium Reservations at 860-572-5955, extension 520.
For Pre-schoolers, the Animal Spotlight and Sea Stars programs utilizes stories, activities, crafts and live animal encounters to keep children engaged and learning. Children, age six to eight, can experience a variety of camps including Sea Turtles 101, Dino-Sea, and Animal Adventures; learning through hands-on activities, crafts, games, behind-the scenes visits and two field trips to local sites. New to the program for 2016, Sea Turtles 101 provides young campers the opportunity to learn all about this endangered species. In the Dino-Sea camp, kids will learn all about ancient sea creatures. During Animal Adventure, the energetic staff, including the animal care team, will navigate campers on an adventure through the marine world.
For teen and tweens, there are a host of targeted educational camp experiences.
The popular Mystic River Adventure camp, through Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport, provides campers with opportunities to learn about the fascinating animals and habitats of the Mystic River and Long Island Sound while also learning to sail. Other camps for children ages 9 to 12 include the Aquarium Experience, Marine Animals and their Environment, and Girls in Science. For the 11 to 13 ages group there is Marine Madness, a week-long overnight camp at the University of RI, combines the experiences at Mystic Aquarium and Project Oceanology.
Aqua Camp allows kids ages 13 to 16 to experience what it would be like to work in an aquarium or in the field of marine biology through hands-on experiences, behind-the-scenes tour and time on the water. An expanded view of the field can be experienced through A Week in the Life of a Marine Biologist. A cooperative effort between Mystic Aquarium and New England Science & Sailing (NESS), this exciting program provides a unique perspective on a career in marine biology. New to the program in 2016 is the Environmental Conservation Camp. Another joint camp with Mystic Aquarium and Project Oceanology, programming will focus on the changing environment and its effect on animals and their habitats.