Open 9 am - 5 pm
A young Blanding's turtle, still with yellow dots on its black shell, peers up at the camera as it climbs out of the water in its mossy habitat.
A young boy in a blue kayak paddles happily on Lake Michigan.

Program dates and registration

Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday one full week before each session of camp.

Camp topics are the same each week.

  • Session 1: July 11-16
  • Session 2: August 8-13

Time

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. until Saturday at 9 a.m.


Pricing


Camp Fee
Members $370
Non-Members $400

Financial assistance is available based on family financial need. You can apply for financial assistance here


What does your camper need to bring?

  • A nut-free lunch and snack each day
  • Reusable water bottle with a cap
  • Camp T-shirt (will be provided on the first day of camp and must be worn each day)
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Recommended: Hand sanitizer, sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses

Important next steps

Once you sign up, you will receive a link to a form to fill out. Please take the time to fill it out in detail, so we can learn more about your camper!

You will receive a link to an adult information guide to camp in your confirmation email that contains logistical information to prepare you and your camper for your Shedd Aquarium experience.


COVID precautions

Masks will be optional. Daily health screenings will be required for all campers. Learn more about what we are doing to keep your camper safe!

Accessibility information

Program includes:

  • Hiking over uneven terrain for up to 1 hour
  • Paddling and swimming
  • Being outdoors in varying temperature and weather conditions
  • Use of stairs; elevators are available
  • Sitting on the floor for activities; chairs and tables are available
  • Moving around the aquarium, which has varying light, noise and temperature levels

At Shedd Aquarium, we believe there should be no boundaries to your experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact us at [email protected] or 312-415-4821. We look forward to assisting you.

Please visit Shedd Aquarium's Accessibility Guide to learn more.

Camp Shedd: Summer Road Trip


What are families saying about Camp Shedd: Summer Splash?

“I would like to share that it was the best camp ever!”

“It was really fun and I got to meet new people.” 

 “I though the kayaking and snorkeling were really fun.” 

“[My daughter] loved the science and educational aspect and learning about different ways in protecting the environment and also loved the adventure of the activities all over the city.” 

“My child wants to become a marine biologist and we are members of the Shedd. He was really glad that he was able to learn many things he didn't already know. The quarry was his favorite.” 

“[My daughter] loved sleeping over night at the Shedd. All her counselors were excellent as well. She always comes back with a new appreciation of Chicago neighborhoods.” 


Two turtles look at one another.

Still have questions?

If you have questions about registration cancellation, please call 312-939-2438. For all other questions about camp logistics, activities, and accessibility, please email us at [email protected] or call 312-415-4821.

Cost

$400 a person ($370 for members)

Grade requirements

Participant must be entering grade 6 - 8 in the fall of 2022.

Program dates

Session 1: July 11 - 16
Session 2: August 8 - 13