Prepare to explore the wonders of the Great Lakes right in our own backyard. Join us this summer for one of our week-long Chicago summer camps for kids grades 6-8. Get ready for a week of curiosity and awe as we get out in nature all around the Chicagoland area.
With Shedd Aquarium as our home base, we will set out on a new adventure every day. Outdoor activities, environmental investigations and unexpected discoveries will spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. The week will end with an overnight stay at the aquarium!
Updates to enrollment:
Only July dates available
Campers must be entering grades 6-8 in the Fall of 2022.
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
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. until Saturday at 9 a.m.
Financial assistance is available based on family financial need.
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.
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!
- 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.
- Five days of summer camp activities at Shedd Aquarium.
- One camp T-shirt is included with the camp fee. Additional shirts may be purchased onsite for $10 each by cash or check. Campers must wear camp t-shirts at all times.
Lunch and snack. Campers must bring nut-free lunch and snack each day.
Groups are determined based on age/grade levels, so we are not able to accommodate buddy requests during summer 2022.
Campers will travel to a new nature location each day of camp to explore science, conservation and recreation in wild spaces. The camp experience ends with an overnight at Shedd Aquarium Friday evening through until Saturday morning.
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.”
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.
$400 a person ($370 for members)
Participant must be entering grade 6 - 8 in the fall of 2022.
Session 1: July 11 - 16
Session 2: August 8 - 13