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Oregon Sea Grant hosts a number of summer day camps for youth 8 to 18 years old with themes that range from marine technology to marine mammals. Campers interact with researchers and learn about the marine environment through hands-on programs and field trips.
Great News! We recently received approval from Oregon State University leadership to hold in-person summer day camps onsite at Hatfield Marine Science Center. Details are listed below and registration will open on Wednesday, May 26th! We thank you for your support and patience as we navigate our new camp structure.
Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education will be offering in-person summer day camps at Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC). This summer, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide students ages (8-18) with fun, interactive, field-based learning activities. Day camps will be held mid-July through mid-August on Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 3 pm. The cost is $195 per camper. Registration includes all instructional materials and a camp T-shirt; however, lunches are not included. Please note that camp registration fees are non-refundable. If a portion of camp is canceled due to site-specific COVID-19 restrictions, partial refunds will be issued. Camp dates, themes, descriptions, and COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Expectations are provided below. Parents/Guardians: please ensure you review all safety protocols and expectations prior to registering your child for camp. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Marine Education Coordinator, [email protected]; 541-867-0233.
Dates: July 19th - 22nd, 2021
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Learn about the innovative technology and tools that scientists and engineers use to explore ocean ecosystems and processes. Campers will hear from professionals how they use research vessels and tools like drones, buoys, and sensors to map the seafloor, study changing ocean conditions, and more. Campers will learn how to program and fly drones to create maps and will engage in the engineering process as we build robotic arms, gliders and wave energy devices.
Dates: July 26th - 29th, 2021
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Explore the diverse ecosystems of the Oregon Coast, including the sandy beach, estuary, and beyond. Campers will learn how to use different techniques and tools, including a foldscope (hand-held paper microscope) to investigate the flora, fauna, and other non-living components that make up these unique habitats. We will build and deploy plankton light traps, conduct mark and recapture studies, and more!
Dates: August 2nd - 5th, 2021
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Ahoy! Learn about the different ways ships are powered and used for research, transport, sea floor mapping, and more. Campers will build and test different types of boats (paddle, sail, and solar) to determine what power source is most effective. We will also learn about survival techniques as we explore various habitats to see what resources are available for surviving a shipwreck.
Dates: August 9th - 12th, 2021
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Come connect with nature and hone your inner naturalist, as we investigate the plants and animals that make-up Oregon's unique coastal habitats. Campers will embark on guided nature walks where they will learn more about each habitat and collect samples to use in a variety of artwork. We will also use journals to capture the world around us through drawings, poems, and more!
We are looking forward to providing an exciting and safe learning experience for all camp participants and will be adhering to Oregon Health Authority’s “Statewide Reopening Guidance for Youth Programs” and “Health and Safety Guidelines for Childcare and Early Education Operation During COVID-19”. Prior to registering your child for our summer day camps, we kindly request that you thoroughly review our COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Expectations outlined below. Parents/Guardians will be asked to verify they have read and agree to the following safety protocols and expectations during the registration process. Failure of camp participants to adhere to the safety protocols and expectations will result in removal from the program.
Per Oregon Health Authority and Oregon State University guidance, all campers, parents, guardians, and Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) Marine Education Staff must comply with the following safety procedures and guidelines [View as PDF]:
Thanks to your strong interest and support, we were able to convert our traditional, in-person day camps to a virtual/hybrid format and connect with students from across the US! We had a blast engaging with your students virtually and compiling the camp in a box materials for your marine enthusiast to enjoy. Best of luck as you wrap up summer and transition back to school. We hope to host your camper at a future marine education program. These camps were supported by s NSF funded RCRV project at Oregon State University. For more information on the RCRV project (https://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/regional-class-research-vessel-rcrv).