WCS Education has your summer covered with fun, educational camp experiences! We provide unforgettable experiences for your camper including age-appropriate, hands-on activities, up-close animal experiences, time to explore the park and tons of educational fun that builds on summer campers' innate love for our wild planet.
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Summer camp at the New York Aquarium is BACK and we couldn't be more excited to create a welcoming, fun, and safe camp experience! We will foster campers' natural curiosity, scientific inquiry, and critical thinking skills while instilling an appreciation and connection to local and global wildlife and wild places. These in-person summer camps run from 9:00a - 3:00p Monday - Friday each week unless otherwise noted.
Pre K - Kindergarten
Super Sea Creatures
Faster than a speeding sea otter, more powerful than a shark - it's Super Sea Creatures! Join us to learn how sea otters, sharks, and even you can be an ocean superhero! We'll learn about these super sea creatures through exhibit visits, up close animal encounters and hands-on science activities both in and out of the classroom at this summer camp.
Sharks might seem scary on the surface, but these fabulous fish are important for healthy ocean ecosystems. Join us for this summer camp as we dive deep into learning about shark anatomy, behavior, care, habitats, and research. We’ll meet Aquarium shark keepers and go behind the scenes of New York Aquarium shark exhibits!
Become a scientist and an artist in AquariArt! Each day, we will use a different medium inspired by the ocean to create nature-based works of art, from seaweed pressings to sand sculptures. Join us as we explore the Coney Island beach, meet our animal ambassadors, and discover new ways to make art!
Grab your magnifying glass and detective hat! Become an on-the-scene investigator as we solve ocean mysteries. What creatures leave clues in the sand? What happens when sea otters suddenly vanish? And where in the world is that wanted whale? Help us crack the case through beach exploration, experiments, and more!
Ever wonder what goes into creating a new Aquarium exhibit? Learn about the amazing work that artists, animal experts, architects, construction workers, engineers and more do to make an aquarium exhibit come to life. Then, we’ll design, test, and build our own Aquarium exhibits!
Our oceans are in peril and you can help! Work with marine scientists to create a research investigation centered around conservation of local NY marine species. Through art, policy, technology, citizen science, and hands-on research, we will work towards solving the problems that our ocean faces today and those in the future.
Extended Care is a great add-on option for caregivers who can't pick their summer camper up at 3:00pm, allowing caregivers to pick up anytime before 5:00pm. Extended Care includes free play, exhibit visits, and nature play exploration (weather permitting). Minimum number required to run the program. Add on items like Extended Care and additional summer camp t-shirts when adding your selected camp purchase to your cart.
Participants in this program will spend most of the day outdoors during a range of weather conditions, including heat, humidity, and precipitation, as well as travel over uneven, natural surfaces. Accommodations may be available. Please contact us for more information.