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JUNIOR NEPTUNES SESSION A - Ages 6–8
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Hours: 7 hours
April 10, June 20, July 2
Price: $75 (Members: $68) or $130 (Members: $116)
for both Jr. Neptunes Sessions A and B

Discover what life is like underwater as you meet “Big Al” the fish from the popular children’s book Big Al, interact with the animals in our lab, and conduct investigations in underwater adaptations. Your child will also have the opportunity to venture out on the ocean aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, first exploring the harbor and then taking a brief trip outside to view the local sea lions.




JUNIOR NEPTUNES SESSION B - Ages 6–8
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Hours: 7 hours

June 21, July 3
Price: $75 (Members: $68) or $130 (Members: $116 )
for both Jr. Neptunes Sessions A and B

Have you ever held a hermit crab in the palm of your hand? Have you ever stood under a whale skeleton? Join us as we explore the depths of the sea and meet marine critters, from the crabs of the tidepools to the giant whales of the open ocean, directed by the books One Small Place by the Sea and The Snail and the Whale. Your child will explore fact and fiction in the ocean as he or she joins in lab experiments and discovers animals in the tidepools during a walk into the Dana Point Marine Protected Area.




JUNIOR OCEANOGRAPHER - Ages 9–12
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Hours: 7 hours
April 10, June 20, July 2
Price: $75 (Members: $68) or $130 (Members: $116)
for both Jr. Oceanographer and Jr. Seahawks camps

What is it like to be a marine scientist? Step into their fascinating world by exploring the principles of marine biology and oceanography. Your fun-filled day includes a two-hour Marine Wildlife Cruise on the R/V Sea Explorer, a tidepool walk, and hands-on laboratory activities, including a fish dissection. This exciting experience will spark your curiosity as you dive into the magical marine world!



 


JUNIOR SEAHAWKS - Ages 9–12
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Hours: 7 hours
June 21, July 3
Price: $75 (Members: $68) or $130 (Members: $116)
for both Jr. Oceanographer and Jr. Seahawks

Set a course for adventure as you discover the life of a tallship sailor during the Golden Age of Sail. Travel back in time with our cast of characters as you raise sail, race long boats, experience the lost arts of a sailor, go up the mast in a boatswain’s chair and perhaps encounter a pirate or two. The day is filled with fun and excitement dockside aboard the tallship Pilgrim and inside the Maritime Learning Center.



ART, SCIENCE, AND THE SEA
Series A: July 10, 17, 24
Ages: 7 – 10
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
$35/day (3 days $90; Members $80)
plus material fee if applicable



Series B: August 7, 14, 21 (same topics as Series A)
Ages: 7 – 10
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
$35/day (3 days $90; Members $80)
plus material fee if applicable

Based on the Ocean Institute’s popular Artist by the Sea for Kids series, this program combines art and science into a three-hour exploration. Each day, aspiring young artists work alongside a different featured artist who uses his/her own unique format to introduce a different element of ocean stewardship. Preceding the art lesson is a hands-on lab that explores each topic in depth.

Topics & Artists

July 10th and August 7th – Scrimshaw is the nearly lost folk art of carving on bone and ivory perfected in the early 19th century by whalers working with sperm whale teeth. While you won’t find any real animal parts here, students will get the chance to make their very own carving to take home while learning about maritime history and marine mammal science. Artist: Rachel Calkins.

July 17th and August 14th – There are some crazy looking creatures in the oceans, but believe it or not every one of their weird and wacky parts helps them survive. Students will learn about some of the oddest adaptations out there and get to create their own creature specially designed to survive in a habitat of their choice. Our artists in residence for this program, Heather Ritts, is known for her fabulous custom surfboards and students will get to put their creation on their very own miniature surfboard to take home! Artist:  Heather Ritts.

July 24th and August 21st – Even in today’s world of digital photography and high definition video, scientific journals and textbooks are still full of highly detailed hand-drawn illustrations. Students will explore the art and science of scientific illustration while they sharpen their drawing, shading and visual perception skills through observing aquatic species, researching microscopic life, dissecting fish and, of course, drawing. Artist: Jhenna-Vie Rijborz.