Summer Camp Policies:

A $25.00 administrative fee will be applied to all cancellations.  Cancellations are not permitted and refunds are not available less than three weeks prior to the start date of the camp except in the case of doctor-documented illness.

A $25.00 administrative fee will be applied to all transfers. Transfers are not permitted less than three weeks prior to the start date of the camp except in the case of doctor-documented illness.

Camper Age
Children must be registered for the appropriate camp according to their age during the time of the camp.  Campers registered for the incorrect camp will be removed and an administrative fee of $25.00 will be applied.

Duplicate Registrations
Children may be registered for only one session of camp but may be put on multiple wait lists. Additional camp registrations will be removed and a $25.00 administrative fee will be applied.

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Tennessee Aquarium Summer Camp 2014

Support is available at (423) 785-4050 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm or by email at


ü  Check camp availability before you register by scrolling to the camp listings on this page.  Waitlists are available for closed sessions.

ü  Have your current membership and credit card numbers available when registering.  Renew your membership now to be ready for early registration!

ü  For returning campers, save time during registration by using the same username (email) and password as last year.   Click here to find your forgotten password.

ü  Registration is limited to one week of camp per child.  If a camp session has filled, we encourage you to get on our wait list. You may put your name on more than one wait list for no charge. We will let you know if a spot becomes available.

ü  Camp activities are developed for specific age groups. Children must be the correct age for the camp they register for during the camp session. Campers registered for the incorrect camp will be removed and a $25.00 administrative fee will be applied.

ü  Transfer fees and cancellation fees of $25.00 will be applied.  Read our Summer Camp Policies for more details.

ü  Please read our Frequently Asked Summer Camp Questions for more information. 


You will need the following information during registration:

ü  Current Aquarium membership and credit card numbers. Visa, MC, AMEX and Discover.

ü  Camper’s information such as mailing address, date of birth, and t-shirt size.

ü  Contact information (email & phone number)

When you're ready, click here to register.

Please be patient. Please understand that we are assisting many people at once.  You may be temporarily placed on a hold page before continuing to the registration site. Stay on the hold page until you are transferred to the registration site or you will lose your place in line.

Summer Camp Hotline: (423) 785-4050

Please Note: You will not be able to switch camps, sessions or cancel registrations online. To do this you will need to call our Summer Camp Hotline. Fees will apply to transfers and cancellations.  Cancellations and transfers must be made no less than THREE WEEKS prior to the start date of the camp. Please read our Summer Camp Policies for more details. 



Children cannot attend camp without completed forms. 

After you register, you will need to complete and submit camp forms.  These forms need to be completed within 3 weeks after registration. 

CLICK HERE to complete and submit our forms online.  (You'll need your username and password. See links above in step 2.)

Field Trip Forms:
There are additional waivers associated with field trips for the following camps. Please print them out and bring these completed forms in with your campers on the first Monday morning of camp.

  Treefrogs: Outdoor Chattanooga & Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center
  Bullfrogs: Raccoon Caverns & Southern Adventist University
  Eco-Explorers: High Point ClimbingL2 PaddleboardsChoo Choo Dive Center & Horn's Creek Waiver
  Quest: Ocoee Adventure CenterRaccoon Caverns & Horn's Creek Waiver

Online Summer Camp Account Information:

Once you have registered for summer camp, an online account is set up for your family.  To access this account, you have a user name which is your email address and a password.  This account stays year after year and makes the registration process easier. 


At any time you may log in to your account to view your registration information or view and print account statements. You may change your password from within your online account, but if you forget it, you may RESET YOUR PASSWORD here.  

Next time you register, be sure to login as a returning user and enter your user name and password! This will save you time during the registration process and will prevent you from creating a duplicate account.

Please read our Frequently Asked Summer Camp Questions for more information.

Session dates:
1)   June 2-6
2)   June 9-13
3)  June 16-20
4)  June 23-27
5)  June 30-July 4*
6)  July 7-11
7)  July 14-18
8)  July  21-25
9)  July 28-August 1

*Aquatots only. We do have camp on Friday, July 4th! 

No Open Sessions
Ages 4 - 5 (Children must be potty-trained)
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. * Monday - Friday

Aquatots learn about the Aquarium’s animals and get to meet some face to face! Campers participate in hands-on activities, crafts, stories and outdoor fun. 

Open Sessions: 1, 6, 7, 8, 9
Closed Sessions: 2, 3, 4
Ages 5 - 6 (Children must have attended kindergarten)
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. * Monday - Friday
$170/Member; $220/Non-member

Are you ready for a week of summer time fun? Then come join the Tadpoles as we explore the animals in the oceans, wetlands, rainforests, deserts and the Antarctic; along with field trips to the Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center and the Creative Discovery Museum. This week is packed with animal encounters, fun crafts, an IMAX movie and no afternoon is complete without playing in the Aquarium stream. Come join the fun!

Open Sessions: New!  Session 8 
Closed Sessions: 1, 2, 6
Ages 7 - 8
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. * Monday - Friday
$170/Member; $220/Non-member

How do people have fun with water? Treefrogs know how! This camp provides children with the best of two facilities rolled into one. Both Aquarium and Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center staff and grounds are at your camper’s service. After safety, fun is our priority! Games, hiking, canoeing, Mud Day, pond explorations, crafts, animal encounters, Nature Magic (science simulations) and lots of splashing make this a camp your child will never forget. Particular emphasis is placed on connecting with and stewarding the natural world.

* NEW in 2014! Drop-off and pick-up at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Open Sessions: 2, 4, 7, 9
Closed Sessions: 1, 3, 6, 8
Ages 7 - 8 
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. * Monday - Friday
$170/Member; $220/Non-member

Water is a long and amazing adventure that touches life in very many ways. Polliwogs will discover amazing facts about this planet we should call Water through unique activities, crafts and games. By week’s end, Polliwogs will know so much more about extraordinary creatures and how important water is to life on our planet. The week starts out with short explorations of the Aquarium galleries mixed with indoor and outdoor activities and is rounded out with off campus adventures for a day at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center.

No Open Sessions
Ages 9 - 10

Leap into fun as we discover the amazing world around us. Exploring the Aquarium buildings, visiting with animals and their caretakers, behind the scene visits, games and activities will enhance our understanding of caring about and taking care of our world. Our week will be highlighted with hiking, paddling, spending the night in the River Journey building and a guided spelunking trip through a local cave.

No Open Sessions

Ages 11 - 12

Eco-Explorers become Aquarium experts while they explore behind the scenes areas and learn fun facts about the biodiversity of life in the Aquarium’s many exhibits. Campers keep busy with indoor and outdoor adventures such as learning to SCUBA dive and paddleboard (but not at the same time!) and exploring local parks including the water park at Horn’s Creek NOC Resort. On Thursday night, campers watch the sharks, sea turtles and thousands of fish swim over head as they fall asleep “under the sea” in the Aquarium’s Ocean Journey building.

Open Sessions: 2, 4 (girls)
Closed Sessions: 4 (boys)
Ages 13-14
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. * Monday - Friday with a Tuesday overnight
$345/Member; $415/Non-member
Campers must participate in all activities.

In Quest Camp science becomes an adventure and the outdoors is the classroom!  Each day of the week we experience that “classroom” in a different manner.  Monday we hike the Laural Falls trail near Dayton, TN. Tuesday is spent lake kayaking in the Ocoee section of the Cherokee National Forest.  On Tuesday night we stay at the Ocoee Retreat Center.  Wednesday we return to the Ocoee area for mountain biking.  On Thursday we snorkel the Conasauga River in Polk County, TN.  Friday finds us underground in Raccoon Caverns on a wild cave expedition. This camp requires all campers to participate in all activities. 

Conservation Leadership in Action Week (CLAW)
Session 8
Open to rising 10th-12th graders
Sunday-Saturday, overnight every night

Dig your claws in for an intensive, week-long overnight summer camp with scientists from the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute. We will explore the many ways we interact with the environment through our rivers and streams. We will paddle, hike, and snorkel, to learn more about the watery world and animals that live around us. Students who complete camp will have access to TNACI scientists as resources for future projects so they can continue their development as a water conservation hero. Spots are limited and competitive. 

CLAW will take place during July 20 -26, 2014. Students will live in the dorms at Baylor School and use their classrooms as a base for our activities. The total cost is $750. Full and partial scholarships are available for those in need of assistance. 

To apply:
Complete this application form and have an adult who is not related to you (like a teacher, scout leader, supervisor, or minister) fill out this recommendation form. Send your application and questions to

The Tennessee Aquarium Summer Camp program is sponsored by: