Henry Hall Summer Scholars

Camp Programs

  • Duration

    Long Term

  • Grades

    5 - 12

  • Price

    Free

  • Where

    In the Field

Overview

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.

Proof of Vaccination Required for All Campers

All Henry Hall Summer Scholars campers will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

2022 Application

Apply today for this year's summer camp opportunities.

2022 Camps

Date: July 11 to July 15, 2022
Time: 8:30 am to 4 pm each day

Baltimore's Inner Harbor is one of America's oldest seaports. Join National Aquarium educators to learn about the initiatives taking place within the city to enhance, protect and create habitats for local wildlife right in the heart of the city. Tour some of the city's most iconic locations, discover the biodiversity of the harbor and experience the cultural history of Baltimore. This day camp includes lunch each day, plus transportation from the Aquarium to day trip locations. Three Aquarium educators lead this camp. This camp is for students rising into grades 5 and 6 for the 2022-2023 school year.

Date: June 20 to June 24, 2022
Time: 8:30 am to 4 pm each day

Have you ever wondered what animals live in and around the Chesapeake Bay? This five-day study explores the Chesapeake Bay watershed as we seine for fish, crabs and shrimp; discover marsh invertebrates and birds; and learn how to take scientific samples. Spend a day kayaking in Chesapeake Bay watershed environments and explore the Aquarium's Bay exhibits. This day camp includes lunch each day, as well as transportation from the Aquarium to kayaking sites, plus kayaking instruction and equipment. Three Aquarium educators lead this camp. This camp is for students rising into grades 5 and 6 for the 2022-2023 school year.

Date: June 27 to July 1, 2022

Spend the week at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Horn Point Lab on the Eastern Shore. Discover Chesapeake Bay marshes and waterways through beach seining, canoe trips, water testing and other aquatic explorations. Visit an oyster hatchery, sail aboard a skipjack and tour the Chesapeake Maritime Museum. This summer camp includes round trip van transportation from the National Aquarium, plus lodging and meals. Three Aquarium educators and an EMT lead this camp. This camp is for students rising into grades 6 and 7 for the 2022-2023 school year.

A required pre-trip meeting for this camp will be held on June 18, 2022, at the National Aquarium.

Date: August 15 to August 19, 2022

Did you know that there are no natural lakes in Maryland? Spend the week exploring the shoreline, wildlife and unique biodiversity of Lake Erie, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world! Investigate the challenges freshwater lakes face by joining the hunt for invasive species, take a birdwatching cruise along lake Erie's cedar savannahs, and explore animals big and small as we hike, swim and kayak along a watershed unlike our own. Camp lodging will be at Camp Judson in North Spring Field, Pennsylvania. This summer camp includes round-trip van transportation to and from North Spring Field, lodging and meals. Three Aquarium educators and an EMT lead this camp. This camp is for students rising into grades 7 and 8 for the 2022-2023 school year.

A required pre-trip meeting for this camp will be held on August 6, 2022, at the National Aquarium.

Date: August 1 to August 5, 2022

More than 2,000 ships have found their final resting place off of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Dive deep into the mysteries of the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" as we hike and kayak our way through mudflats, marshlands and maritime forests; visit the Beaufort Maritime Museum to uncover pirate shipwrecks; investigate how ocean archaeology tells the stories of the hazards and histories of the past; and explore the coastal biodiversity of North Carolina's barrier islands. Camp lodging will be at the Trinity Center in Salter Path, North Carolina. This summer camp includes round-trip airfare from BWI, transportation to and from Salter Path, lodging and meals. Three Aquarium educators and an EMT lead this camp. This camp is for students rising into grades 8 and 9 for the 2022-2023 school year.

A required pre-trip meeting for this camp will be held on July 23, 2022, at the National Aquarium.

Date: July 25 to July 29, 2022

Sea turtles face many threats to their survival, but you can help improve their odds! Join researchers to collect information on sea turtle life cycles, discover what happens when a sea turtle is injured—from rescue to rehabilitation to release—and explore the coastal habitats of Jekyll Island. There will also be time to experience Georgia's beaches and enjoy some beachcombing! Camp lodging will be at the 4-H Tidelands Center in Jekyll Island, Georgia. This summer camp includes round-trip airfare from BWI, transportation to and from Jekyll Island, lodging and meals. Three Aquarium educators and an EMT lead this camp. This camp is for students rising into grades 8 through 10 for the 2022-2023 school year.

A required pre-trip meeting for this camp will be held on July 16, 2022, at the National Aquarium.

Date: June 20 to June 24, 2022

Discover the incredible diversity of life on the rocks on Maine's southern coast. Explore rocky shorelines; learn about lobster biology; take a wildlife spotting cruise looking for puffins, seals, and other marine life; and more. Camp housing will be at The Ecology School at River Bend Farm in Saco, Maine. This summer camp includes round-trip airfare from BWI, transportation to and from Saco, lodging and meals. Three Aquarium educators and an EMT lead this camp. This camp is for students rising into grades 9 through 11 for the 2022-2023 school year.

A required pre-trip meeting for this camp will be held on June 11, 2022, at the National Aquarium.

Date: July 6 to July 8, 2022

The headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay are a treasure trove of history and adventure! We'll explore the freshwater tributaries of the Susquehanna by kayak, and creek snorkel in search of macroinvertebrates and other life that exists beneath the water's surface. We will learn about Native American tribes that inhabited this land, and how they survived and thrived off of the bounty of the upper Bay. Investigate how some of our modern human-made achievements have changed the ecology of this river system and how conservationists are helping species overcome these changes. This camp includes round-trip van transportation from the National Aquarium to Pequea Creek Campground in Pequea, Pennsylvania, plus two nights of tent camping (equipment provided) and meals. Three Aquarium educators lead this camp. This camp is for students rising into grades 9 through 12 for the 2022-2023 school year and 2022 graduates.

A required pre-trip meeting for this camp will be held on June 25, 2022, at the National Aquarium.

Date: August 2 to August 3, 2022

Have you ever wanted to experience the life of a shark biologist? Join Aquarium educators in this overnight study as we delve into the world of shark research. Explore Ocean City's coastal marshes, dunes and grasslands; join shark biologists on a shark tagging cruise; and get to know more about ongoing research happening here in Maryland! This overnight camp includes round-trip van transportation to and from Ocean City, 1 night lodging at Salisbury University and meals. Three Aquarium educators lead this camp. This camp is for students rising into grades 10 through 12 for the 2022-2023 school year and 2022 graduates.

Date: August 8 to August 11, 2022

Coral Reefs are teeming with life—from fish and sea stars to dolphins and sea turtles—but these delicate ecosystems are being threatened by human activities. Learn to snorkel and put your skills to use at several different sites; kayak through the mangroves; comb the beach looking for wildlife; visit a sea turtle hospital; and experience the unique history of the Florida Keys. This summer camp includes round-trip airfare from BWI, transportation to and from Pigeon Key, lodging and meals. Participants must feel comfortable in water where they cannot touch the bottom and be able to pass a swim test. Three Aquarium educators and an EMT lead this camp. This camp is for students rising into grades 11 through 12 for the 2022-2023 school year and 2022 graduates.

A required pre-trip meeting for this camp will be held on July 30, 2022, at the National Aquarium.

Date: July 18 to July 22, 2022

Sharks are found in every ocean on Earth, and none are as feared as the Great White. In this camp, we will travel to Cape Cod and learn about these powerful predators: where they live, what they eat and how they have survived for thousands of years. We will get to know the people and organizations working to understand these creatures of the deep and explore the nooks and crannies of the Cape! Camp lodging will be at the Craigville Retreat Center in Centerville, Massachusetts. This summer camp includes round-trip airfare from BWI, transportation to and from Cape Cod, lodging and meals. Three Aquarium educators and an EMT lead this camp. This camp is for students rising into grade 12 for the 2022-2023 school year and 2022 graduates.

A required pre-trip meeting for this camp will be held on July 9, 2022, at the National Aquarium.

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.

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