Henry Hall Summer Scholars

Camp Programs

  • Duration

    Long Term

  • Grades

    5 - 12

  • Price


  • Where

    In the Field


The National Aquarium’s Henry Hall Summer Scholars camp program offers immersive week-long summer camp opportunities that bring aquatic science to life through hands-on experiences in different aquatic habitats around the United States.

The program provides exciting excursions focused on educational and career opportunities for students interested in marine and environmental science.

Who is eligible to participate?

Baltimore City Public Schools students in good standing rising into grades 5 through 12 may apply to take part in these endowment-funded opportunities at no expense to their families.

Prior participation does not guarantee applicant acceptance. Priority may be given to applicants demonstrating need or limited access to other affordable camp options.

Students who participate in Henry Hall camps may also be eligible for one-year $1,000 scholarships as they progress to college-level studies in biology, engineering, environmental science and aquatic science.

2021 Application

Applications are closed for this year's summer camp opportunities.

COVID Precautions

In keeping with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended guidelines, all Henry Hall Summer Scholars Camps will be day camps based at the National Aquarium, and will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Participants and National Aquarium program staff must adhere to the following precautions.

  • Each camp opportunity will fill to capacity at 20 campers with 4 designated instructors per camp.
  • Each camp will be split into two cohorts with a maximum of 10 campers per cohort, and two assigned instructors each. These cohorts and their assigned instructors will remain consistent for the duration of camp.
  • Each cohort will be assigned to National Aquarium Classroom 1 or Classroom 2 for the duration of camp.
  • Within their designated cohort and classroom, each camper will have their own assigned worktable for the duration of their camp experience.
  • The wearing of appropriate, properly fitting masks secured with loops around the ears will be enforced for all campers and all National Aquarium instructors and staff at all times, indoors and out.
  • Masks will be worn at all times except during lunch, snack and water breaks, and resecured once these times are over.
  • Whenever weather and scheduling permit, camp activities will be conducted outdoors.
  • Each camp participant will complete a brief daily survey at check-in pertaining to their health that day and any possible exposure to any persons potentially infected with COVID-19.
  • Each camper, instructor and National Aquarium staff person will receive a daily temperature screening upon arrival. Should any participant have a temperature above 100.4 degrees F, they will sit for 15 minutes before a second temperature reading is taken. Should there be no improvement, the camper will be sent home for the remainder of the camp week.
  • Any campers sent home with an elevated temperature may only be readmitted to camp on subsequent days with proof of a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Should a camper begin to exhibit symptoms during a camp day, the camper will be placed in isolation and the correct notification system will deploy.
  • High-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches and faucets will be cleaned throughout each day.
  • Classroom sanitization will occur following each day of camp.
  • Program materials will be sanitized after use.
  • Craft supplies will be assigned to each cohort and its designated classroom and sanitized following each day of camp.

2021 Camps

Date: July 19, 2021 through July 23, 2021

Did you ever wonder what animals live in and around the Chesapeake Bay? This weeklong study explores the Chesapeake Bay's watershed as we explore habitat cages; discover marsh invertebrates and birds; and learn how to take scientific samples. Discover the journey water droplets take as they pass through our watershed connecting both the land and the water of Baltimore.

Date: July 26, 2021 through July 30, 2021

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States with its watershed covering six states and the entire District of Columbia. From it is headwaters, to the mouth of the Bay organisms small and large fill every niche in the ecosystem. Uncover the surprising life supported by this essential water system. Explore the Patapsco River from the shore and on the water!

Date: July 12, 2021 through July 16, 2021

Our world is filled with an incredible array of habitats from lush mountains, rolling hills, and dramatic coastal plains. Students will explore the diverse geography of our state and world and learn about the animals we share the planet with. We will learn identification techniques and practice them with animals from around the state and planet.

Date: July 5, 2021 through July 9, 2021

Where do rivers come from and where do they go? Find out in this camp that investigates the importance of the waterways that shape our state and our planet. We will explore local waterways of Maryland as well as river systems in Australia and South America. Students will discover what plants and animals call these riparian areas home and learn what you can do to help preserve them for future generations.

Date: June 28, 2021 through July 2, 2021

What does it take to live and work on the water? Experience the cultural history of life on the water from coast to coast. Seasonal changes, rules, regulations, and shifting perspectives have altered the way of life on the water. Discover the bounty of wealth waiting just below the surface.

Date: August 16, 2021 through August 20, 2021

Learn about initiatives within the city of Baltimore to enhance, protect, and create habitats for our local wildlife. How are we combatting non-native species of plants and animals, while making room for the native to flourish? Together we will brainstorm ideas on how to make inner harbor more diverse than it already is.

Date: August 9, 2021 through August 13, 2021

In 2019 the Chesapeake Bay scored a C- on its eco-health report card. Brainstorm human impact and what is being done to raise this grade to an A. Similar patterns are emerging worldwide. Dive deeper as we learn from researchers and content experts about the issues that animals are facing in their habitats. We will brainstorm some ways to mitigate these concerns.

Date: August 2, 2021 through August 6, 2021

Explore the conservation career options available at the National Aquarium. Hear from professionals in the field and learn about their stories. Environmental education is a phenomenon trending more and more throughout the world. Maybe you will spark the next movement?

Who Was Henry Hall?

Henry Hall (1896–1979) was an engineer, world traveler, teacher, aquarist, inventor and philanthropist. He served as a mentor to Baltimore’s black engineers, recognizing a lack of opportunities and resources for professionals like himself within his profession. His community involvement and belief in learning helped shape the Aquarium and its relationship to the city and its students.

Hall traveled the world, observing and collecting aquatic animals. He devoted his entire Mosher Street basement to the care of rare freshwater tropical fish, an alligator, an electric eel and a shark. In 1977, he donated his animals to the future National Aquarium, which opened in 1981. To carry on the late Hall’s dream, the Aquarium established the Henry Hall Endowment Fund in August 1982 to provide free educational opportunities for students who attend Baltimore City Public Schools. Since then, more than $1 million in awards have been provided to these students through Henry Hall Summer Camps. Every summer, more than 200 Baltimore City students are given the opportunity to explore the aquatic natural world through hands-on experiences, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter Sign up to receive updates on animals, news and events.