2015 Ocean Institute Summer Camps for Children
Registration opens March 16 for the Ocean Institute’s week-long summer camps that teach children about ocean science and maritime history. Summer programs begin June 22 and introduce kids to the tiny world of microscopic plankton to the open seas to look for large sea creatures—seals, dolphins and whales. Maritime history programs introduce kids to the Golden Era of Sail.
The Ocean Institute also offers a multi-day overnight camp and single-day camps. For details and pricing on the camps, visit the Ocean Institute website at www.ocean-institute.org Most camps begin at 9 a.m.; the camps include:
Sea Squirts for ages 5 to 6 (sea life-themed books, crafts and marine touch tanks). The daily three-hour camps are for five days with beginning dates of June 22, June 29 (a four-day camp), July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17.
Neptune’s Mysteries for ages 6-7 (A Sherlock Holmes-worthy experience, including a cruise on the R/V Sea Explorer). The daily seven-hour camps are for five days with beginning dates June 22, June 29 (a four-day camp), July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17.
Buccaneer Adventure for ages 7 to 8 (the world of wooden ships, buried treasure, lost arts of mariners and pirates). Seven-hours per day for five days beginning June 22, June 29 (a four-day camp), July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17.
Ocean Discovery for ages 8 to 9 (the world of marine scientists, robotic vehicles and a cruise on the R/V Sea Explorer and field trip to Legoland’s Sea Life Aquarium). Seven-hours per day for five days beginning June 22, June 29 (a four-day camp), July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 17.
Seafarer’s Odyssey for ages 9 to 10 (tall ships, rowing, steam power—the full world of the Golden Age of Sail, includes a sail on the Spirit of Dana Point). Seven-hours per day for five days beginning June 29 (a four-day camp), July 13, July 27, Aug. 10.
Coastal Explorer for ages 10 to 12 (science, surf-zones, labs, tide pools, research vessel cruise and kayaking exploration). Seven-hours per day for five days beginning June 22, June 29 (a four-day camp), July 6, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 17.
Sea Tech for ages 12 to 14 (marine-science oriented, a cruise on the R/V Sea Explorer, using research instruments, gathering information to understand the ocean environment). Two five-day camps will be offered beginning July 13 and August 10.
Marine Science Careers/Internship Academy for ages 14 to 17 (for marine science career-minded students includes intertidal ecology, animal husbandry, laboratory investigations, R/V Sea Explorer research and more). Students interested must apply for admission to this program and provide letters of recommendation. An application for this program is available online. It will be held Aug. 3 to Aug. 7.
Ocean to Alpine Adventure for those who have completed 9th grade and up will enjoy a week-long camping trip through the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains July 26 – August 1.
Single-day camps include:
- Junior Neptunes (ages 6 to 8) on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Junior Oceanographer (ages 9 to 12) on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Rocky Seashores, Kelp Forests and the Deep Sea (ages 6 to 8) on August 5 or 6 (rocky seashores), August 12 or 13 (kelp forests), August 19 or 20 (the deep sea), 1-4 p.m.
- Turtles, Sharks, Whales & the Sea on July 8 or 9 (turtle day), July 15 or 16 (shark day), July 22 or 23 (whale day), 1-4 p.m.
The Ocean Institute is an ocean education center that offers in-depth Marine Science, Maritime History and Outdoor Education programs. The facility includes state-of-the-art teaching labs, the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, two historic tallships, and an oceanographic research vessel. Immersion-based field trips range from one-hour science labs to multi-day programs at sea. All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning. Ocean-based exhibits are open to the public seven days a week. Visitors can explore the underwater world while participating in fun activities designed to indulge ocean curiosity. Throughout the year, the Ocean Institute also offers organized family programs, summer camps, cruises, tallship sails, and other unique events including our annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival and the Festival of Whales.
Address: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, CA
Phone: (949) 496-2274
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