There’s a new camp this summer tailored for young explorers, animal lovers and budding marine biologists. OdySea Aquarium’s Camp Ocean, an indoor summer camp located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura in Scottsdale is for kids in grades K through 8. The camps are held weekdays in June and July and offer half- and full-day options as well as after-camp child care. Campers will enjoy learning about diverse fresh and saltwater species, different ecosystems, animal adaptations, marine biology, and conservation through classroom activities, behind the scenes tours and hands-on learning experiences.
“We are so excited to offer Camp Ocean, which specifically focuses our education and conservation efforts toward young minds and empowers kids to make a difference in protecting our natural resources,” says Jess Peranteau, director of animal care and education at OdySea Aquarium. “Our goal is to inspire kids of various ages to protect the oceans and our planet by connecting with nature through up-close animal experiences and hands-on activities.”
The camps offered are as follows:
Fins, Feathers, and Fur: All about Animals for grades K-2
June 10-14, July 1-5, July 22-26
Learn all about aquatic and terrestrial animals that are dependent on the oceans and their surrounding ecosystems. This camp will explore some of the unique characteristics of animals, including their adaptations, diets, and food chain, with interactive and fun activities designed for our younger campers.
Land, Sea, and Sky: Habitats of the World for grades 3-5
June 3-7, June 24-28, July 15-19
Take a tour around the world exploring the planet’s diverse animal habitats and the animals that rely on them. Explore ecosystems within each habitat and learn how all the animals within them are interdependent. This camp will provide interactive and up-close experiences exploring some of OdySea Aquarium’s own amazing animal habitats.
Junior Marine Biologists: Care & Conservation Grades 6-8
June 17-21, July 8-12
Campers will develop not only a better understanding for our ocean and its inhabitants, but what we can do to help protect them and preserve our planet. This camp will facilitate behind the scenes experiences that will teach what it takes to care for these amazing animals.
Registration, dates and tuition fees for Camp Ocean are available at OdySeaAquarium.com or by calling 480-291-8192.