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Build an Aquarium- Understanding Aquatic Habitats: Grades 4-6


Would you like to learn how to set up an aquarium like a professional? In this camp you will learn everything you need to know to set up and keep your own freshwater aquarium. Whether you have never had an aquarium, or you are frustrated with your current or old aquarium, this camp will help you keep happy and fun fish while avoiding the problems that can often occur. Every day will include hands-on experience working with fish, other aquatic creatures, and the gear used to maintain an aquarium. You have the option to set up your own 10 gallon aquarium that you can take home at the end of the week (extra fee for equipment) or practice set-up using Edgewood gear and using that knowledge at home on your own current or new tank. Everyone will get to take home some fish, shrimp, snails and/or plants to help you get started. At the end of the week you will know much more about fish, the water they live in, and how to take care of both without a lot of hard work.

An active and engaging, summer science camp for students who will enter grades 4-6 in the fall. Participants should bring a refillable water bottle. For their safety, it is important that each student wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes.


The camp will be held in the Sonderegger Science Center on the Edgewood College Campus, 1000 Edgewood College Dr. Madison, WI. The science center is a K-16 building that serves science students of all ages.


June 12-16, 2017, 9:00-2:00 daily. Lunch is not provided. Send a sack lunch with your child daily. A mid-morning snack will be provided. If you child has particular dietary needs please pack an appropriate snack for them.


The camp leader is Pete Kuhn, a professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Edgewood College. Dr. Kuhn is a Molecular Biologist, Biochemist and aquarium enthusiast.


Register Here!

Registration will be first come, first served. To ensure plenty of individual attention the limit for the camp is 12 children. The registration deadline is June 5, 2017.

How Much?

$250 for the week-long camp.

For more information contact:

Amy Schiebel (608)663-3414