Week-Long Camps

Overview

Week-Long Summer Day Camps
Five-day adventures await

Please note that some camp sessions may be sold out; for availability please call (949) 496-2274 

Summer Camp 9:00am to 12:00pmMonday - Friday

Sea Squirts Camp
Ages 5–6

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a shark, turtle, sea star, or whale? This camp brings to life some of the biggest and smallest animals in the sea. Each day you will sing a song to introduce a new theme for the day’s activities with highlights that include daily crafts, sand castle building at Baby Beach, and a hunt for treasure. Join us for a fun-filled week!

Registration opens March 1st for members and March 15th for non members 
Summer Camp 9:00am to 4:00pmMonday - Friday

Neptune’s Mysteries Camp
Ages 6–7

Become a member of Neptune’s Detective Agency by solving mysteries each day using scientific tools and techniques. Use your scientific detective skills to determine why Becky Blue Whale is so far from home, and murdered Mr. Mackerel by exploring the Dana Point Marine Conservation Area, taking a Marine Mammal cruise onboard the R/V Sea Explorer, and investigating the behaviors of marine creatures.

Registration opens for members on March 1st and non members on March 15th 
Summer Camp 9:00am to 4:00pmMonday - Friday

Buccaneer Adventure Camp
Ages 7–8

Set a course for adventure and learn about the life of a pirate at sea. Learn the ropes to survive at sea with dockside activities on the Pilgrim before venturing out on the open ocean aboard the R/V Sea Explorer.  Earn your “salt” by completing lost mariner arts such as sail handling, rowing, storytelling, and more. At the end of the week, celebrate with “Dress like a Pirate Day.” 

Registration Opens for members on March 1st and non members on March 15th 
Summer Camp 9:00am to 4:00pmMonday - Friday

Shipwreck Hunter Camp-New for 2018
Ages 9–10

Challenge yourself as a maritime archeologist to solve the mysteries of shipwrecks off our coast. Build your own ship, recover artifacts, learn navigation, drive ROVs, and venture to sea on both the tall ship, Spirit of Dana Point, and the R/V Sea Explorer.  

Registration will open for members on March 1st and non members on March 15th 
Summer Camp 9:00am to 4:00pmMonday - Friday

Ocean Discovery Camp
Ages 8–9

What adaptations help animals survive in their habitats? What does it take to care for sea creatures? What does the inside of a squid look like? Find out the answers to these questions and more by creating an aquarium and taking care of it, dissecting a squid, and exploring nearby ecosystems. Highlights include piloting ROVs, a two-hour cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, and exploring the Dana Point Marine Conservation Area.

Registration opens for members on March 1st and non members on March 15th 
Summer Camp 9:00am to 4:00pmMonday - Friday

Coastal Explorer Camp
Ages 10–12

Explore the beautiful, unique coastline of Dana Point in this activity-packed camp. Throughout the week, you will study the science of the surf zone in our laboratory, out in the field, as well as onboard the R/V Sea Explorer. You’ll also have a chance to participate in fun activities focusing on reusable resources and our impact on the  environment. This camp includes cruising along the coastline looking for blue whales, scientific sampling aboard our research vessel, kayaking in Dana Point Harbor, and exploring the intertidal area.

Summer Camp 9:00am to 4:00pmMonday - Friday

Sea Tech
Ages 12–14

Discover the ocean from its very surface to its very deep ocean floor in this hands-on camp. Collect surface samples aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, build an ROV to gather data, learn about underwater acoustics, kayak in the harbor, and finish the week with a whale watching eco-tour.

Registration will open for members on March 1st and non members on March 15th 
Summer Camp 9:00am to 4:00pmMonday - Friday

Marine Science Careers / Internship Academy
Ages 14–17

This week-long program introduces you to intertidal ecology, animal husbandry, laboratory investigations, and shipboard research to spark interest in a career in marine science. Program highlights include a snorkeling field trip, a 4-hour research cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, creating and conducting a research project in the Dana Point Marine Conservation Area, and leadership and team building activities.

 

Successful program graduates may apply to intern in one of our departments: Animal Husbandry, R/V Sea Explorer, Public Programs, or Citizen Science. If selected, you will work alongside our staff, mastering new skills you will use for your own research project. Your internship year ends with a symposium where you will present your research project.

 

Registration will open for members on March 1st and non members on March 15th