Oregon Sea Grant hosts a number of summer day camps for youth 8 to 18 years old. Camps provide the opportunity to interact with researchers and learn about the marine environment through hands-on programs and field trips. Topics covered in each camp differ, but range from marine technology to marine mammals!

Save the Dates for next year's camps!

15-18 years: July 20-23
13-14 years: July 27-30
11-12 years: August 3-6
8-10 years: August 10-13

Registration will open January 2, 2020

Summer day camps are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cost is $185 per camper. Registration includes all instructional materials, field trips, and a camp T-shirt to decorate. Lunches are not included. Detailed information about each camp will be sent before the camps begin. Payment must accompany registration. Make checks payable to HMSC Sea Grant. Camp registration fees are nonrefundable. Be sure to check out photos from previous camps and our Day Camp FAQs.

*Please note, our credit card payment site shuts down on a monthly basis for updates. It will be unavailable January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, and June 12. If you register on these dates, just select the "Mail a Check" payment option. You can then either mail a check or log in another day to pay by credit card.

Summer 2019 Day Camps

Discover how organisms interact with their environment as we explore a variety of coastal habitats. Across dunes, tide pools, estuaries, and coastal forests, we'll  hear from different researchers and compare different field sites using ecological monitoring techniques. Campers will also design and conduct their own field investigation.

Campers will learn about the diversity and unique adaptions 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 in the field and laboratory. 

We will dive deep and investigate how we use, explore, and are working to conserve our dynamic ocean environments. Campers will learn how scientists are using technology to study deep ocean and nearshore habitats, examine how microscopic plastics are impacting animals and beaches, engage in ocean conservation activities, and more. 

Campers will discover characteristics that help crustaceans survive in marine environments by exploring their lifecycle, from early planktonic through adult stages. We will uncover the diversity of crustaceans in tidepools and mudflats, view and identify planktonic crustaceans under the microscope, design experiments using crustaceans, and more! Researchers will also share what it’s like to work with these fun critters. 

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