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This course is full, you are however still able to be added to a waitlist by  emailing Jeanne Benink at

Build an Aquarium - Understanding Aquatic Habitats

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. The science center is a K-16 building that serves science students of all ages. 1000 Edgewood College drive, Madison, WI

Time and dates

June 11-15, 1 pm -4 pm


Must be entering grades 4 - 6 in the 2018 school year

Camp Leader

Dr Pete Kuhn

Leader Bio

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.


$200 This includes registration, materials, and a simple mid-morning snack. A separate fee will be charged for aquaria taken home.