Welcome to the application for the National Aquarium Henry Hall Summer Camp Program.
Before continuing on to the application, please read and gather the following information.
**All camps are subject to funding being guaranteed. If a camp is cancelled due to lack of funds, you will be contacted and every effort will be made to place the camper in another Henry Hall Camp. There are no guarantees of placement.
Please make sure that you allow yourself time to complete the application. This application may not be saved so it must be completed in one sitting. Please allow 20-30 minutes to complete the application.
Please make sure that you have information that you need, such as the campers’ email address, parent/guardian email address and teacher email addresses.
All information will be sent via email regarding camp interviews, selection, and further information. Please ensure to give the proper emails and to check your emails frequently.
- Apply for the program no later than the application deadline of April 15, 2018.
- Campers must presently attend a BALTIMORE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL and be entering grades 4-12 in the 2018-2019 school year.
- All campers must have valid health insurance coverage.
- All new and some returning campers will be required to attend an interview which will take place in the evening on May 3rd or 4th, 2018 (Confirmation will be sent closer to the date via email).
- All selected campers must attend the Henry Hall Awards Ceremony on the evening of May 31, 2018.
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If you have any questions or concerns, please email the program manager.
Note: We do not accept application materials outside of the online system.
Henry Hall Summer Camps
Rising Grade 4
July 23 to July 27 or August 6 to August 10
8:30 am to 4 pm each day
Did you know that there are animals living in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor? Crabs, jellies, fish and birds all call the Inner Harbor home. During this four-day study, participants will explore the harbor habitat and get up close and personal with some of the harbor’s unique inhabitants. Participate in hands-on investigations and learn what you can do to protect this important ecosystem. This summer camp includes lunch and transportation from the Aquarium to field trip sites. Three Aquarium educators lead this camp.
Rising Grade 5
July 9-13 or July 16-20
8:30 am to 4 pm each day
Did you ever wonder what animals live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed? This five-day camp explores the Chesapeake Bay’s 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 the Chesapeake Bay and take a peek at Aquarium’s Bay exhibits. Participants will be paddling their own kayak with a partner. This summer camp includes transportation from the Aquarium to kayaking sites, kayak instruction and equipment, and lunch. Three Aquarium educators lead this camp.
Rising Grade 6
July 2-6 or July 30-August 3
Spend the week at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Lab on the Eastern Shore. Discover Chesapeake marshes and waterways through beach seining, canoe trips, water testing and other aquatic exploration. Visit an oyster hatchery, encounter Bay animals at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, sail aboard a skipjack and tour the Chesapeake Bay 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.
Rising Grade 7
June 25-June 29
Explore the Delaware Bay watershed connection from the river to the sea. Learn about the rivers that flow into the Delaware Bay, discover the bay’s unique animals, explore the Atlantic shore and learn what you can do to help conserve these valuable habitats. Program housing will be at the Delaware Aquatic Resource Center in Symrna, Delaware. 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.
Rising Grade 8
Travel to North Carolina to learn about the relationship between fishing for food and fishing for fun. Participants will explore an uninhabited barrier island, kayak the quiet sounds of the coast, examine the impact of invasive species like lionfish with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists, learn to fish from the beach and explore the coastal waters of North Carolina. Participants will stay at the Trinity Center in Salter Path, North Carolina. This summer camp includes round-trip van transportation from the National Aquarium, lodging and meals. Three Aquarium educators and an EMT lead this camp.
Rising Grade 9
July 30 to August 3
Sea turtles face many threats to their survival, but you can help improve the odds! Join researchers from the Loggerhead Marine life Center and Aquarium staff on nightly patrols of nesting areas to protect these vulnerable reptiles. You will also assist in collecting information on nesting patterns. This in depth, hands-on experience will be based out of the dorms of Florida Atlantic University’s Jupiter campus in Jupiter, Florida. There will also be time for beachcombing and habitat exploration. This summer camp includes round-trip airfare from BWI, transportation to and from Jupiter, lodging and meals. Three Aquarium educators and an EMT lead this camp.
Rising Grade 10
June 25 to June 29
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 Camp Oceanwood in Ocean Park, Maine. This summer camp includes round-trip airfare from BWI, transportation to and from Ocean Park, lodging, and meals. Three Aquarium educators and an EMT lead this camp.
Rising Grade 11
July 2 to July 6
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 a mangrove, comb the beach looking for wildlife, visit a sea turtle hospital, and experience the cultural 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 swimming in water where they cannot
touch the bottom. Three Aquarium educators and an EMT lead this camp.
Rising Grade 12
August 13- August 17
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 be flying from BWI to Boston, Massachusetts and staying at the Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Cape Cod. We will explore Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard, and the nooks and crannies of the cape.
**Prior Henry Hall Summer Camp participation preferred.