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Marine Career Exploration Academy

This intensive summer program is tailored to high school students considering majoring in marine biology or environmental science at the university level. Limited to just two to five participants, this day camp will include special opportunities to learn about careers in the field of marine biology, animal care and jobs at the Aquarium, and outings allowing participants to engage in real-world science activities. Participants may choose a five- or ten-day program.

Five-Day Camp, July 21-25

  • Get an overview of the Aquarium. Learn about careers in marine biology, tour the Aquarium, and learn about the different departments, including life support and veterinary care. Learn about phycology by collecting algae at a local site.

  • Learn about the field of informal science education and how exhibits and shows at the Aquarium engage visitors. Visit the Natural History Museum and California Science Center in Los Angeles to explore informal education at other science centers.

  • Learn about plankton and its key role in the marine food web. Visit the Aquarium’s live food lab and participate in feedings. Collect mysid shrimp with Aquarium biologists off the coast of Long Beach.

  • Learn about the Aquarium’s invertebrate animal collection and how we care for these animals. Help collect shark eggs from the touch pools in Shark Lagoon, snorkel in the Coral Lagoon exhibit, and help create an enrichment toy for an octopus feeding.

  • Learn about how we care for the Aquarium’s mammals, including sea otters, seals, and sea lions. Help prepare food and participate in training sessions with these animals. Go on a whale watching trip off the coast of Long Beach to view marine mammals in the wild.

Ten-Day Camp, July 21-August 1

The ten-day program includes all of the above, plus the following:

  • Spend a day as a marine mammal trainer at the Aquarium. Learn about federal regulations governing marine mammal care, and participate in food prep, exhibit maintenance, water quality testing, and animal training sessions. Learn how to record behavior records. Participate in training sessions for seals, sea lions, and sea otters. Create an enrichment project and test it with the animals.

  • Learn about caring for the Aquarium’s birds, including shorebirds, puffins, and penguins. Tour a local wetlands area and participate in wetlands restoration activities.

  • Learn about special Marine Protected Areas established in Southern California in 2011. Visit the Aquarium’s water quality lab and participate in testing procedures. Take a kayak trip around Newport’s Back Bay.

  • Take a trip to Catalina Island. Meet scientists at USC’s Wrigley Marine Science Center on the island, and tour the hyperbaric chamber. Snorkel in the island’s Marine Protected Area.

  • Completion of the ten-day program will be celebrated at the Aquarium with a pizza party.

The schedule of activities is subject to change, based on coordination with outside agencies.

Marine Career Exploration Academy
Participate in animal training and feeding sessions with Aquarium staff members.
Event Information
When Five-Day Academy: July 21-25, 2014 | 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Ten-Day Academy: July 21-25 & July 28-Aug 1, 2014 | 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Cost $2,000 for the five-day program; $4,000 for the ten-day program
Tickets Please call to RSVP.
Ages High school students, ages 14 to 18
(562) 590-3100 ext. 0