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.

2022 Summer Day Camps

Registration Opens January 5th - Register NOW!

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 July through early-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.

Camp dates, themes, and descriptions are provided below. Our camps will follow all Oregon State University (OSU) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Guidelines. All specific expectations are provided below and are subject to change as OSU and OHA update their guidance. While we are planning to offer camps in person, these plans are also subject to change pending the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic. If a portion of camp is cancelled due to site-specific COVID-19 restrictions, partial refunds will be issued.  Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Marine Education Coordinator, [email protected]; 541-867-0233.

*Please note, our credit card payment site shuts down on a monthly basis for updates.  It will be unavailable to process credit card payments on January 28, February 18, and March 25, April 22, May 13, and June 17.  If you register on these dates just select the "Mail a Check" payment option.  You can then either mail a check or login another day to pay by credit card.

Dates, Themes, and Descriptions

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Discover what happens behind the scenes of the science center and aquarium exhibits as we explore the field of Aquarium Science! Guided by Hatfield Marine Science Center animal husbandry staff, we'll collect organisms from a variety of coastal habitats and learn what is involved in aquarium maintenance and animal care. Then we'll use what we've learned to set up our own tanks and practice designing our own exhibits!

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Explore the diversity of fish and local fisheries research as we tour research facilities, interact with a variety of fish experts, and participate in ongoing research. In this camp we will collect fish using various techniques, engage in dissections to investigate questions, and learn how scientists design and conduct fish experiments.

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Campers will learn about the diversity and unique adaptations of marine mammals through a variety of hands-on activities and field trips. We will explore nearshore environments, observe these animals in their natural habitat, and hear from scientists about how they conduct research on these amazing animals in the field and laboratory.

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Studying the ocean can be creative and beautiful! In this camp, we will explore our creativity as we investigate the connection between art and science through field trips and hands-on activities. We will travel to coastal habitats to observe and collect plants and biofacts for crafts, create art out of marine debris found on the beach, learn about fish adaptations while making fish prints, use animal behavior observations to inform a dance or skit, and more!

COVID-19 Saftey Protocols and Expectations

We are looking forward to providing an exciting and safe learning experience for all camp participants and have outlined expectations and requirements that are in accordance with Oregon State University’s COVID-19 response as well as the Oregon Health Authority (OHA’s) Youth Program Reopening Public Health Recommendations and Requirements. Prior to registering your child for our summer day camps, please thoroughly review the 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 protocols and procedures. Please note that these protocols and expectations are subject to change as OHA and OSU policies are updated.

General Policies and Expectations:
  • There will be one group per week of camp, with group size not to exceed 20 participants.
  • The same staff will be assigned to each camp for the entire week.
  • Face coverings and masks will be worn at all times by staff and campers except during physically distanced meal/snack breaks. 
  • Students and educators are expected to maintain 6 feet of physical distance at all times. Activities will be conducted in outdoor spaces as much as possible to maximize safety and distancing.
  • Indoor camp activities will be isolated to a wet lab classroom located on HMSC’s campus. Only day camp participants and education staff are permitted in the wet lab classroom. 
  • All parents/guardians will drop-off and pick-up campers at the designated outside location.
  • Educators and campers will be encouraged to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60-95%) often, and will be required to wash their hands prior to eating lunch. 
  • Camp participants are required to bring their own lunch and sharing of food is prohibited. Lunch will be eaten outdoors with campers and educators spaced 6 feet or more apart.
  • Education staff and camp participants will follow signage posted on entry and exit doors that ensures one-way movement of students in and out of the classroom.
  • Any shared equipment, surfaces (tables, light-switches, door knobs, chairs, etc.) will be thoroughly disinfected by staff on a daily basis (with the custodial staff assisting with bathroom cleaning and cleaning of the classroom at night). 
  • Educators will lead walking field trips to locations local to HMSC. Camp participants are expected to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring jackets/layers, water, a hat, and sunscreen.
  • Campers will also travel via van to visit coastal habitats and research spaces local to Newport. Educators and campers will be required to wear a face covering at all times and van windows will be down to maximize ventilation. 

Day Camp Highlights

  • Explore coastal and marine habitats through field trips
  • Learn first hand about the marine environment and the amazing diversity of life found there
  • Conduct experiments in the field and in wet labs
  • Learn about scientific techniques and current research
  • Interact with researchers and other experts