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.

COVID-19 Update (as of May 25, 2021):

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. 

2021 Summer Day Camps

Registration Open - 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 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, Themes, and Descriptions

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!

COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Expectations

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]:

  • 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 within the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building located on HMSC’s campus, which is separated from other HMSC spaces. 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.
  • One bathroom (single-use) will be dedicated to camp use and will be cleaned by custodial staff daily. 
  • 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.
  • Campers will be provided their own set of materials to reduce close contact and sharing.
  • 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 only. Camp participants are expected to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring jackets/layers, water, a hat, and sunscreen.
  • Education staff will stage a drop-off and pick-up location outside of the visitor center to ensure ample space (and minimize contact) for parents/guardians to drop off and pick up campers. 
  • During check in, education staff will ask each child or adult(s) dropping off to verbally verify the following:
  1. “Can you verify that [NAME OF CHILD] has not been exposed to a person with a positive case of COVID-19 or a presumptive case of COVID-19 in the past 10 days?”
  2. “Can you verify that [NAME OF CHILD] has not had a fever, unusual cough*, or shortness of breath in the last 10 days?”
    *“Unusual cough” means out of the ordinary – e.g., not usual asthma, allergies, common cold. “Fever” means 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or more, without the use of fever reducing medication.
  3. “Can you verify that [NAME OF CHILD] does not have symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, headache, sore throat, or rash?”
  • Failure to provide verbal verification to questions #1 or #2 will result in exclusion from the program. Showing symptoms in #3 means the person must be excluded from the program for 24 hours after resolution of symptoms.
  • Education staff are required to keep a daily log of the time of drop-off and pick-up, health check pass/fail, as well as the name of the guardian who accompanied the camper. Parents/guardians, please ensure that you include all names and contact information for all adults who will be responsible for pick-up/drop off of your child. We will communicate the drop-off/pick-up procedure to all adults responsible for camper check-in/check-out.
  • Staff and camp participants should not attend camp if they have or recently had an illness with COVID-19 symptoms. A staff person or child with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home for at least 10 days after illness starts and until 24 hours after fever is gone, without use of fever-reducing medicine, and COVID-19 symptoms have resolved.
  • If a camp participant or staff receives a positive COVID-19 test result or is exposed to someone who received a positive COVID-19 test result, guardians of the child and/or the staff member must notify the Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education Program immediately. 
  • If a camp participant or staff member exhibits or develops a new cough (e.g., unrelated to pre-existing condition such as asthma), fever, shortness of breath or other primary symptoms of COVID-19 during the day/class session, they will be separated from others and sent home as soon as possible. Guardians of camp participants will be contacted  and expected to pick up their child as soon as possible. The camper will remain safely isolated and supervised until the guardian is able to pick up the child.
  • In the event that there is a single case or a cluster of cases of COVID-19 at camp, education staff will contact parents/guardians and cancel camp immediately.
  • If a positive COVID-19 test results in the cancellation of camp, partial refunds will be issued pending the number of days of camp missed.

Summer 2020 Virtual/Hybrid Day Camps - Thank you!

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).

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