Summer Camp & Scout Group Trips

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10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT, United States

Opened in July 1988, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to have a good time while learning about the vital natural resource just off our shore: Long Island Sound. Set in a refurbished 1860s factory at the mouth of the Norwalk River, the Aquarium building and its location reflect the region’s industrial past and human uses of Long Island Sound for recreation and commerce.

Visitors explore at their own pace, observing 34 exhibits featuring more than 1,200 marine animals of 259 species. The Long Island Sound journey begins along a freshwater river and the shallow waters of the salt marsh, then moves into deeper and deeper habitats out to the open ocean. These close encounters with animals, enhanced by friendly volunteer interpreters and informative display panels, educate visitors about the aquatic life of Long Island Sound and its watershed.

The sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles and other animals, carefully tended in re-created natural settings, serve as ambassadors both for their species and the Sound’s natural environment. These intimate encounters are the heart of the learning experience and provide visitors – children especially – with a basis for understanding their role in the web of life.

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Camp Directors & Scout Troop Leaders:

Just 10 or more campers or scouts and you qualify for our lower group rates!

Call Reservations: 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.

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Educational Programs

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The Maritime Aquarium offers exciting science-education experiences … in the Aquarium, in the field and at your school. The inspiration of this learning is Long Island Sound, perhaps familiar to students for its proximity but a fascinating unexplored world below the surface.

Interactions with our live animals and engaging science programs can help you inspire your students to become eager learners and young conservationists. We offer standards-based learning opportunities that make science a positive adventure for your students as they’re introduced to scientific concepts, processes and the importance of science in our lives today.

Of course, every visit to our nationally recognized aquarium is a fun and educational experience that gets your students up close to sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellyfish and dozens of other species native to Long Island Sound and its watershed. The Aquarium also has Connecticut’s largest IMAX movie theater. Documentaries on our six-story screen wil transport your students on an unforgettable learning adventure.

Educators voiced concerns. Aquarium donors answered. We have financial assistance available for Aquarium admission, IMAX® movies, programs and bus transportation costs. Some, but not all, financial aid is needs-based. Aid is limited and awarded on a first-come first-served basis. Book early! Enjoy it all at the Aquarium or in the field. Or a Traveling Teacher will bring the fun and learning right into your classroom or auditorium, or to a nearby park, pond, stream or beach.

There are lots of possibilities as you design just the right fun and educational visit to The Maritime Aquarium for your students.

Programs by Grade

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Grades 1 – 2

Grades 3 – 4

Grades 5-8

You’ll find all the answers for your planning here. Click here…

Here are two common schedules used by teachers. Click here…

Plus, you can perfect your visit by matching your focus of studies to any one of the titles available in our IMAX film library, showing in stunning clarity on our six-story screen! Click here..

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The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk brings Long Island Sound Marine Science to Your Camp or Trrop

Have the Aquarium visit your summer camp or scout troop! Except where noted, each 45-minute presentation is for groups of up to 28 students and costs $165 plus additional travel fees. Discounts are given for multiples of the same program held on the same day in the same classroom: $100 for the second program, $95 for the third and $90 for each additional.

Additional charges may include: a “layover fee” for gaps of an hour or more between classes; travel charges; and parking fees.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

“House for Hermit Crab”

Students follow along month by month as they listen to this classic book about a year in the life of a young hermit crab. They use their senses and sharpen observational and verbal skills as they share what they notice and ask questions. They handle some live animals from the story and look for similarities and differences in various crabs, including an invasive species.Program duration dependent on the students’ attention spans.

Living vs. Non-Living

For kindergarten only. Through a guided discussion, students share their observations about the characteristics of living and once-living organisms, as well as non-living things. They compare and contrast two live animals of the same grouping.

Sharks!

For ages 4 & up only.  Members of the same group of animals can look and behave very differently. For example, herring and sharks are both fish, but have distinct differences in their size, color and habits. Activities include touching shark teeth, measuring themselves against a life-sized shark puzzle they assemble, and weighing out food for the Aquarium’s sharks.

Grades 1 & 2

Intertidal Animals

By observing and touching a variety of live intertidal animals, students learn about these creatures’ different structures and behaviors. Activities focus on how these animals meet their basic needs for oxygen, food, water, shelter and space.

Sea Turtle Life Cycle

After hearing a story about the life cycle of a loggerhead sea turtle, students play a counting game that teaches about the needs of turtles and demonstrates how and why few survive from hatchling to adult. Students look for special structures and behaviors that help sea turtles meet their basic needs, and discuss ways they can help protect these ancient creatures.

Whales and Dolphins

Is a dolphin a whale? How do scientists group whales? How are you like a whale? Students observe and describe similarities and differences, measure themselves against a life-sized whale puzzle, learn about conservation issues and participate in activities that demonstrate whale and dolphin adaptations.

Grades 3 & 4

Life Between the Tides

The intertidal zone is a unique habitat in which organisms have different behavioral and structural adaptations to survive the rising and falling of tides every day. Students will learn about the moon’s effect on tides, as they read a tide chart for the day of their visit and discuss how the organisms depend on the living and non-living features of the environment for survival. And they share observations and ask questions as they notice and handle a variety of live intertidal invertebrates.

Sharks and Fish

Animals have structural adaptations for getting food, such as specialized teeth or a keen sense of smell. Students will work in teams to rotate through stations focusing on the animals’ adaptations and survival strategies, the similarities between sharks and other fish, and conservation issues. Activities include measuring out the amount of food that the Aquarium feeds its sharks, observing physical adaptations of a fish, and touching shark jaws, skin and other artifacts.

Squid

Squid have very unique behavioral and structural adaptations for survival, and they depend on living and non-living components of their environment. Students observe and ask about these adaptations and interactions as they learn dissection skills. They also compare and contrast squid with other mollusks, such as snails and clams.

Grades 5-8

Brine Shrimp Inquiry (for Grades 5-6)

Available only as a 90-minute program. Through a guided inquiry experiment, students investigate how brine shrimp respond to different stimuli while implementing the basics of the scientific method. Students work in groups for formulate a hypothesis, note observations, chance variables and state results. $265 for first program, $185 for others on the same day.

Intertidal Habitat

The intertidal zone is a unique ecosystem in which organisms have different adaptations to sense and respond to information about their environment as the tides rise and fall. Students learn about the moon’s effect on tides, as they read a tide chart for the day of their visit and discuss challenges for animals living in the intertidal zone and the physical factors with which they interact. Students share observations and ask questions as they notice and handle a variety of intertidal invertebrates.

Marine World Magnified

The unseen marine world opens up to students as they learn to use hand lenses and microscopes to observe a variety of live animals. Students compare the structure of the eye to a microscope. They then use books and charts to identify the creatures they have seen. Food chains and human impacts are discussed.

Squid Anatomy

Through dissection, students explore how squid sense and respond to their environment by examining a squid’s unique physical adaptations, including the exceptionally large eyes. Students also compare and contrast squid to other mollusks such as clams and snails.

Environmental Issues for Grades 3-8

These 45-minute programs introduce students to some of the environmental issues facing the world today/ Students learn about many of the impacts these issues have on our climate, wildlife, ecosystems, everyday living and Long Island Sound. Solutions to current issues are discussed. (Many activities relate to state Social Studies standards too.)

Climate Change

Through an interactive presentation, students learn the differences between climate and weather, the basic of the greenhouse effect, and how carbon cycles through the environment. Through discussion and hands-on activities, students discover how climate change impacts our weather, wildlife and everyday living. They’ll also brainstorm for solutions that can be implemented in their own lives and communities.

Invasive Species

An ecosystem is composed of all populations that are living in a certain space and the physical factors with which they interact. The introduction of non-native plants or animals can have a negative impact on an ecosystem. Students will take part in fun hands-on activities while exploring the environmental impacts of invasive species that can now be found in Long Island Sound. Students also will learn what they can do to prevent further spreading of exotic species.

Water Pollution

Most precipitation that falls in Connecticut eventually reaches Long Island Sound. This water moving across and through the earth carries with it the products of human activities. With Long Island Sound’s extensive watershed as an example, discover the impact of humans on aquatic ecosystems. Students will share their observations as they “pollute” a watershed model, then look for ways to clean it up. Hands-on discovery of basic scientific and ecological concepts.

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Dr. LivingSound® Traveling Science Show!

For Grades 2-6

This lively 45-minute program, for up to 200 students, incorporates drama, surprise and humor to introduce students to Long Island Sound’s environment and the issues that concern it. Our Dr. LivingSound® character (played by a Maritime Aquarium educator) draws students into hands-on demonstrations that teach how science connects to the marine world. Using water as its central topic, “the good doctor” introduces students to the Sound’s watershed, explains the water cycle and examines the different ways we use water.
Cost is $525. Discounts available for multiple presentations on the same day: $275 each additional presentation. Additional charges may include a “layover fee” for gaps of one hour or more between classes, travel charges, and any parking fees.

Touch Tank for a Day!

A great bonus for Field Days, Science Fairs or Family Nights
We’ll set up a supervised touch tank with live tidal-pool creatures and animal artifacts. A great hands-on learning-station enhancement to any event!
Cost: $165 for the first hour, $100 for second hour, $95 for third hour and $90 for each additional hour.

Long Island Sound Day

We can arrange a day at your school so that several grades, or all students, can experience our unique program.
Our Long Island Sound Day includes an initial indoor assembly program (for up to 200) with a PowerPoint presentation, then in one-hour blocks students can rotate through a variety of stations that include our live tide-pool animals. Other stations could include topics on whales, sharks or invasive species.
Cost: $300 for initial assembly/ set-up, $200 per hour thereafter. Travel charges may also apply. For more information, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2271.

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Field Programs

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These programs get students out in nature, where they’ll practice developing their science-inquiry, literacy and numeracy skills. Please note special prices and times. For a Field Ecology program conducted at your site, adjacent free parking is required. Travel fees may apply. School must pay parking fees.

Also:

  • Aquarium admission is optional.
  • If you have more than 28 students, you must book multiple programs.
  • The 7:1 student:chaperone ratio applies.
  • Field Ecology programs are conducted only around low tide. Students will get their feet wet! Wear boots or shoes that can get soggy, and dress for the weather!

Grades K – 2

Visit to the Seashore

Students get out to the water’s edge for the excitement of being “in the field.” They’ll use their senses – plus some scientific sampling techniques – during a discovery tour looking for – and learning about – living and non-living things at the sandy shore, rocky shore and tidal marsh habitats. Explore a Long Island Sound shoreline near The Maritime Aquarium or at your local beach. (School must supply beach entry pass, if necessary.) 2 hours.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 8, 10; NY: all; NJ: all.


Grades 3 – 6

Shoreline Exploration

Explore a Long Island Sound shoreline near The Maritime Aquarium or at your local beach. (School must supply beach entry pass, if necessary.) Learn about the geological processes that helped create our tidal marshes, rocky shores and sandy beaches. Students use scientific equipment to collect animals and test water composition, then consider the changing habitats, varying needs and adaptations of animals living in these marine environments. Other topics include tides, invasive species and habitat conservation. 2 hours.
Standards: CT: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10; NY: all; NJ: all.

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300 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC, United States

Family Kingdom's Splashes Oceanfront Water Park

There’s just a special place in the hearts of families everywhere for that old-time, warm, friendly amusement park by the sea. Family Kingdom features more than 30 rides including a Thrilling wooden roller coaster. Splash down on our Log Flume, freefall 110 feet in our Slingshot Drop Zone, bounce a bit on our bumper cars or hit the Go-Kart tracks. And don’t forget, Family Kingdom’s oceanfront waterpark is just across the street. We’re ready to crank up the fun for you and your family without breaking the bank.

Discover the Fun

For the young and young at heart, Family Kingdom offers some of the most memorable and adrenalin-pumping experiences on the Grand Strand. Families and Groups naturally love it for our excellent variety of spirited and wholesome fun. Locals and vacationers alike know us as the hottest spot in town for having the time of their lives.

Dodgems Bumper Cars

Amusement Park Rides

With more than 30 thrilling rides in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Family Kingdom is one incredible vacation experience. With its legendary Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster and a wide and colorful array of rides for kids, this is the most dazzling domain of fun, fantasy and excitement at the beach. Come spend the day exploring acre after acre of the coolest amusements, games and tasty treats imaginable. Or visit a place where the lights, sounds and aromas of non-stop entertainment create once-in-a-lifetime moments every night of the week.

Children's Areas

Myrtle Beach’s Only Oceanfront Water Park

Splash your way through the “coolest” fun at the beach! Feel the thrill of speeding down a water slide or simply relax as you drift down the cool, refreshing water of a lazy river. Family Kingdom Water Park has wet and wild water flumes, (over 100′ drop), exhilarating speed slides, intermediate speed slides and a spacious 425′ long lazy river with waterfalls.

Children can enjoy splash pools with two refreshing rain trees, a uniquely designed waterfall and eight kiddie slides.

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3883 New York 97, Barryville, NY, United States

For 38 years, Indian Head Canoes and Rafts has been a leader on the Delaware River, providing all you need to make your visit comfortable.

Located in Barryville, NY and Matamoras, PA, we are nestled between the lush forest mountains of the Poconos and Catskills. The Delaware River is a National “Scenic and Recreational River”, spectacular in it’s pristine beauty and perfect for whitewater river rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. It’s a river adventure vacation that is close to home, yet feel a world away.

Here at Indian Head canoes get ready for an adventure to remember at Indian Head Canoes & Rafts! Delaware River rafting, canoeing, and kayaking is fun and exciting for everyone. Unique to the Delaware River, we also offer a variety of overnight lodging…deluxe cabins, riverside log cabins, group bunkhouse and campgrounds.

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All Youth Groups (Age 11 and Up)

Schools,  Summer Camps and Scouts 

Indian Head Canoes and Rafts make it easy for your School or Youth Group to enjoy a day of rafting on the Delaware river. We promise to deliver and incredible lasting end to the school year for your students. We can plan a great filled adventure with canoeing, Kayaking, and so much more on the Delaware river.

Give your Students a trip that will forever cherish and remember. Group Discounts available. Bring your cooler, put on your swimsuit and get ready for a whitewater river adventure. We’ll go white water river rafting, canoeing, kayaking and even tubing! We make it easy! No experience is necessary and it’s fun and exciting for everyone. You’ll be gliding in your canoe quietly enough to see all that nature offers.

Watch closely, while on the Delaware River, and you might see eagles, deer, ducks and much more. Leave your tents at home as we’ll be staying in deluxe cabins and luxurious bunkhouses allowing us to camp Creative Escapes style. Boats, paddles and lifejackets will be provided, along with our healthy energizing signature menu. Located in Barryville, NY and Matamoras, PA, we are nestled between the lush forest mountains of the Poconos and Catskills.

The Delaware River is a National “Scenic and Recreational River” spectacular in its pristine beauty and perfect for whitewater river rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. It’s a river adventure vacation that is close to home, yet feels a world away. See you on the river!

Activities available for Schools, Camps, Scouts and Families

Delaware River Rafting

Indian Head Canoes and Rafts make it easy for family and friends to enjoy a day of rafting on the Delaware river. Bring your cooler, put on your swimsuit and get ready for a whitewater river adventure.

  • No experience necessary
  • Children as small as 30 lbs can raft!
  • Rafts carry up to 6 people.
  • Kids go free! – see details below
  • Save 50% on 2nd day river trips!

Delaware River Canoeing at Indian Head

You’ll be gliding in your canoe quietly enough to see all that nature offers. Watch closely while on the Delaware River and you might see eagles, deer, ducks and much more. The canoes at Indian Head are very maneuverable,good for 2 or 3 people and ideal for families with children above 50 pounds. No experience necessary in calm water, some experience in white water.

Indian Head Canoeing rates are daily and include boats, paddles, life jackets, free transportation, safety & paddle instruction along with full use of our facilities. Sales Tax not included.

We open 8am weekends and 9am weekdays April thru October. Not all bases are open early spring and fall. Please call us toll free at 800-874-2628 for details.

Delaware River Kayaking 

Kayaking is the newest rage on the Delaware River. Indian Head offers both solo kayaks (1 person) and doubles. Our kayaks are designed for river touring, stable, easy to paddle, more maneuverable and quick in the water. Try one soon!

Indian Head Kayaking rates are daily and include boats, paddles, life jackets, free transportation, safety & paddle instruction along with full use of our facilities. Sales Tax not included.

Delaware River Tubing Rates

Enjoy a lazy float in the water and a hot summer’s retreat. Tube trips are about 3-5 hours long. Plan more time to swim. Must be over 65 lbs. to ride in a tube.

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100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC, United States

The South Carolina Aquarium, the #1 family attraction in Charleston, is located downtown on the Charleston Harbor, offering interactive excitement and learning for visitors of all ages. Guests can explore exhibits such as the Touch Tank featuring Atlantic stingrays, sea stars and horseshoe crabs, the expansive Saltmarsh Exhibit featuring the Feed the Rays experience, the Blackwater Swamp featuring a rare 1-of-only-50 in the world albino American alligator, the 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank featuring sharks, a loggerhead sea turtle and moray eels. Also take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary care that is provided to rescued sea turtles in the Sea Turtle Hospital. Check out the daily educational programs with animal feedings and dive shows. Start planning a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium today at http://www.scaquarium.org.

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Field Trips

Education is at the core of our mission and we strive to provide an engaging, exciting experience combined with lessons in biology, environmental science and conservation. The Aquarium offers wonderful benefits to school groups. To learn more or book your visit, call (800) 722-6455.

Pricing for Groups of 15 or More

Group rates are available with advance reservation, subject to ticket availability. Groups receive an orientation and free bus parking.

(843) 720-1990

Groupsales@scaquarium.org

Adult (13+)   $19.95

Child (4-12)    $11.95

Toddlers are free.

Add to your Aquarium Experience

Sea Turtle Hospital Tours

Treat your group to a truly unique tour inside South Carolina’s only Sea Turtle Hospital. See our current patients up close and discover what goes into caring for sick and injured sea turtles. Group tours are unavailable on Mondays and Wednesdays. Learn more.

4-D Theater Experience

Our 4-D Theater is a complete sensory experience. You’ll see a 3-D picture on screen and feel and smell sensations throughout the movie. $3 per person.
Learn more.

Bag Lunch Menu and Order Form

Groups can bring lunches and enjoy them outside on Liberty Square or you can pre-order bagged lunches from the Sea Turtle Café. Arrangements must be made one week in advance, call (843) 329-0366.

Menu and Order Form

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