Summer Discovery Camp | EcoTarium

Summer Discovery Camp

Extraordinary explorations and adventures are on the agenda once again at the EcoTarium's popular Summer Discovery Camp for children ages 5-14, one of the longest-running summer day camps in the United States.

Registration is now open! Scroll down for camp themes and registration links!

2018 Camp Themes and Dates

  • Animal Treats and Training July 2 – July 6
  • Wild about Nature July 9 – July 13
  • Outdoor Adventures July 16 – July 20
  • Spies and Mysteries July 23 – July 27
  • Solve It with STEM July 30– August 3
  • Creature Features August 6 – August 10


Each phone/paper registration must be accompanied by a 50% deposit per session, per child.  Online registration must pay 100%.  The balance is due by May 25, 2018. All camp deposits and payments are nonrefundable.

Ages 7-14*: $330 per week;
Half-Day Tadpoles (Ages 5&6): $190 per week
Full-Day Tadpoles (Ages 5&6): $375 per week

*Divided into four age groups (7&8, 9&10, 11&12 and Junior counselors 13&14)

Extended Care:
Extended care hours are offered from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00-5:30 p.m.

  • 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. $70 per week
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. $70 per week

Member Discounts: EcoTarium members receive 15% off before March 1, and 10% off as of March 1! To receive the members’ discount on camps, join online at or ask about membership and all its many benefits when you register. EcoTarium membership (Family/Grandparent level or higher) must be valid during camp session for discount.

Discount does not apply to extended morning and afternoon prices. 

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Summer Discovery Camp 2018 – Theme Descriptions

Animal Treats and Training    July 2 - 6

Training time for a skunk?  Giant boxes filled with shredded paper and treats for a fox?  Ever wonder what the river otters’ favorite toys might be? For many animals, living under human care is much different than living on their own in the wild. Come find out what zookeepers do to ensure that these creatures are well taken care of and healthy. Watch our wildlife staff conduct animal training, and then design and build puzzles and toys to engage our resident animals. Take on “Animal Challenges” as you discover how animals think, play and survive in the natural world.

Wild about Nature        July 9 - 13

If you’ve got dirt under your nails, mud on your boots, or a sore neck from star-gazing, this camp is for you! During this week for nature lovers and curious collectors, we’ll bring out intriguing natural history specimens from behind the scenes. We'll explore outer space in the planetarium, collect and analyze samples from our ponds, learn to identify natural objects, and discover how different creatures adapt to survive. From plants, animals, rocks and minerals to the stars and beyond, we’ll investigate our world, play games, and engage in a week of wonder and fun!

Outdoor Adventures        July 16 - 20

Get to know the woods of Massachusetts and make yourself at home outside as you practice the current and traditional skills you need to enjoy the great outdoors. From primitive survival to modern recreation, you’ll have a blast constructing a shelter, catching a frog, exploring nature, and learning skills that will prepare you for all kinds of outdoor adventures!

Spies and Mysteries        July 23 - 27

Put on your detective caps--there's something not quite right at the EcoTarium! Campers will go deep undercover while they practice the art of espionage and use imagination, technology, and forensic science to investigate clues, spy on questionable characters, and send messages to fellow operatives. Join us as we work together to unmask the villain and unravel the secrets of the EcoTarium!

Solve It with STEM        July 30 - August 3

Are you ready to think like a scientist? During this week, campers will integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (known as STEM) as we explore natural science. From the solar system to our back yard, campers are encouraged to solve problems, ask questions, and use their creativity. We will use real-life scientific tools, learn the engineering design process, and conduct experiments. Imagine what we can accomplish when we work together as a team!

Creature Features        August 6 - 10

If you are curious about how animals “talk” to each other, or find yourself wondering how your five senses compare to those of an owl or otter, get ready for a week of all things animals!  From feathers and scales to paws and claws, discover how different animals talk, eat, move and play as we explore the EcoTarium’s ponds, forest and meadow. Campers will also get a sneak peek behind the scenes to meet our resident wildlife. Learn what makes each group of animals unique as you investigate animal adaptations. Make sure to bring your curiosity and a sense of wonder!

Summer Discovery Camp complies with all camp regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the local Board of Health.