Summer SeaCamp 2021

SeaCamp 2021 invites campers ages 10 and over to dive into STEM careers at the Texas State Aquarium. This summer, we reimagined camp to provide behind-the-scenes experiences and animal encounters that will allow campers to practice the skills it takes to work at an Aquarium and conserve wildlife. They’ll even come eye-to-eye with our living collection while snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea exhibit! Limited spots available.

Safety Notice:

Your safety is important to us. Please note the following policies to ensure the health of fellow campers, our guests, and staff:

  • All campers must wear a face mask over the nose and mouth for the duration of the camp day, except during designated mask breaks and meal times.
  • All staff will wear a face mask
  • Campers not living in the same household will be spaced 6 feet apart as much as possible during the camp day
  • We have decreased capacity of group sizes to 10 campers
  • We have increased sanitation of high-touch surfaces, campers will be using individual materials, and all group materials will be sanitized between uses.
  • Campers who have been in contact with a positive case of COVID-19 or who are exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath may not attend SeaCamp.

Register for SeaCamp 2021

Parent Information

Registration closes one week ahead of the start date for every week of camp — all paperwork must be completed, and full payment processed at least one week prior to the date selected. Please download and read the 2021 Parent Packet and the Parent Waiver for additional information.

Download Parent Packet

Parent Waiver 

AQUARIUM 101

  • 10 – 11 Years of Age (Sold Out, Waitlist Closed)


    June 7th – June 11th

    Work alongside our dedicated TSA staff for a week of Aquarium 101. Campers will get an insider’s view of how we care for our animal collection, help feed animal diets, and design an animal habitat. In addition, campers will discover ways to protect animals in their habitats. A highlight of the week will include snorkeling in our HEB Caribbean Sea exhibit. All campers will be required to pass a basic swim test before participating in in-water activities.

    Times: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily
    Price: Non-members: $ 500.00 / Members: $450.00

    Activity Highlights
    • Private dolphin training session
    • Snorkel in our Caribbean Sea habitat
    • Feed animal exhibits
    • Dissect a fish
    • Special animal encounters

    Register for SeaCamp 2021

JUNIOR KEEPER

  • 12 – 13 Years of Age (Sold Out, Join Waitlist)


    June 14th – June 18th

    Campers will become Junior Keepers as they learn what it takes to be an animal caretaker! Campers will get an insider’s view on how to care for and maintain an exhibit for aquatic animals, how to filter and maintain clean water habitats, go behind the scenes in animal care areas, and snorkel in our HEB Caribbean Sea exhibit. All campers will be required to pass a basic swim test before participating in in-water activities.

    Times: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily
    Price: Non-members: $ 500.00 / Members: $450.00

    Week Activity Highlights
    • Private otter training session and behind-the-scenes experience
    • Snorkel in our Caribbean Sea habitat
    • Prepare and feed animal diets
    • Dissect a squid
    • Behind-the-scenes tours and animal experiences

    Register for SeaCamp 2021

STEM CAREERS

  • 14 – 17 Years of Age (Sold Out, Join Waitlist)


    June 21st – June 25th

    Campers will dive into STEM Careers as they meet TSA staff and science professionals. Campers will gain hands-on experience feeding animals, snorkeling in an exhibit, and getting an all-access pass to Aquarium behind-the-scenes areas. This is a great camp for campers that are interested in discovering careers in marine biology! All campers will be required to pass a basic swim test before participating in in-water activities.

    Times: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily
    Price: Non-members: $ 500.00 / Members: $450.00

    Activity Highlights
    • Behind-the-scenes dolphin experience
    • Snorkel in our Caribbean Sea habitat
    • Feed and encounter animals behind-the-scenes
    • Tour the Wildlife Rescue Center
    • Meet professional researchers

    Register for SeaCamp 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are fewer dates and ages available this year?
    Due to changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we selected dates to maximize the experience for the campers while still keeping safety and best practices in mind. This year, we will focus on science careers and STEM skills used at an Aquarium. The small group sizes and selected age ranges allow camp groups to participate in activities that were not possible before, including extensive behind-the-scenes experiences, animal experiences, and snorkeling in an exhibit.
  • How is this year’s SeaCamp different from past years’ SeaCamp experiences?

    As the Texas State Aquarium has grown, so has our approach to our mission. This year’s camp builds on the traditions of hands-on education while adding a significant behind-the-scenes, insider’s view of how STEM is put into action with taking care of our animals. Campers will head behind-the-scenes to learn the ins and outs of working at an aquarium. They will see how to prepare daily diets, feed some of our exhibits, learn how experts treat rescued wildlife, and even experience what it’s like when our staff swim inside our exhibits!

  • Will my camper be required to wear a mask?

    Yes. The Texas State Aquarium is continuing to follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines, which includes requiring masks for all guests 10 years of age and older. For the health and safety of our campers, staff, and animal collection, all campers will be required to wear a properly fitting face mask the entirety of the camp day.  Campers will be allowed to remove their masks during meal times and specifically designated mask breaks throughout the day.  As part of their camp registration paperwork, parents/guardians will be required to agree that their camper will wear their mask.

  • What is the Aquarium doing to protect my camper from exposure to COVID-19?

    The Aquarium is employing a variety of methods to best protect the health and safety of campers and camp staff.

    • Camp groups are limited to 10 campers per group.
    • Both campers and all staff are required to wear face masks the entirety of the camp day.
    • Campers will be socially distanced as much as possible from each other and from other guests throughout the day.
    • Campers will have individual supplies to use throughout the week that will not be shared with other groups.
    • Camp supplies will be disinfected regularly.
    • Campers will have access to hand sanitizer throughout their day and will be given multiple opportunities to wash their hands with soap and water.
  • Who will be with my campers?

    Texas State Aquarium’s full-time Education staff, who are trained in best practices and are certified in CPR, First Aid, and Life Guarding, will facilitate SeaCamp.

  • Can I register for a camp if my child is not in the specified age range?

    To maximize engagement and provide a positive experience for all, your camper must register for the camp in their designated age range.  For summer 2021, we are offering experiences for campers aged 10-17.

  • Are scholarships available?

    A limited number of camp spots are being held for scholarship campers, made possible by a generous gift from Navy Army Community Credit Union.  

    The scholarship deadline for summer 2021 has now passed. All applicants will be contacted by May 19th with the final decision.

  • Is Before and After Care available?

    Before and After care is not available this year. Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cancellation Policy

A refund of 50% of the cost can be accommodated prior to the one-week registration deadline. However, if you decide to withdraw from this program after the deadline, your payment will not be refunded.

Contact Information

Please contact Katherine Dion, the Camp Program Specialist at:

kdion@txstateaq.org or (361) 881-1252