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!

COVID-19 Update:

In our continuing efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19, especially among our more vulnerable staff, volunteers, and visitors – the Visitor Center is closed until further notice. 

Summer 2020 Day Camp Update

While there is a lot of uncertainty around how the COVID-19 pandemic will progress, we are optimistic and currently planning on holding our camps at HMSC this July and August. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to registrants via email and this website. 

IMPORTANT - If you have not yet paid for your camper, please refrain from paying until further notice. If you are planning to register, please select the "mail a check" option on the payment tab. 

LET'S KEEP LEARNING! 

Looking for learning activities that bring STEM home when school is out of session? Check out the Oregon Coast STEM Hub activity calendar for online STEM events the whole family can join. The family resource page provides links to a variety of STEM curriculum and activities.

Registration is now open for 2020 Day Camps!

Summer day camps are Monday through Friday, 9 am - 3 pm. The 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 on March 13, April 24, May 15, and June 26. 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 2020 Day Camps

Discover what happens behind the scenes of 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!

Campers will dive into the world of taxonomy as they explore the phyla of sea stars, anemones, crabs, and more. Through field trips and interactive activities, participants will learn about characteristics unique to each phyla, investigate external and internal anatomy of animals, and hear from researchers about how these amazing animals have adapted to live in diverse ocean and coastal habitats.

Explore our Oregon Coast from Trees to Seas. Compare these different habitats and their inhabitants as we investigate the relationships between these ecosystems through a variety of field explorations and hands-on activities. Campers will strengthen connections to these habitats as they create their own field guide.

Campers will learn about the power of water and the various adaptations organisms must possess to live in, on, and around creeks, sandy beaches, rocky shores, and estuaries. Through fun and engaging activities, participants will also learn about wave energy, the water cycle, density, and surface tension as well as create a take-home diorama project. 

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