Marine biology summer camps for teens

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Marine biology summer camps offer an exciting opportunity for youth to investigate the science of marine life while participating in a range of stimulating activities. Teenagers will find different experiences at each of the camps, from swimming with marine life to learning the techniques involved in ocean mapping.

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SeaWorld

SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, gives participants in its summer adventure career camps the opportunity to learn about the skills and techniques involved in caring for marine life. Youth between the ages of 14 and 16 may attend the Advanced Adventure Career Camp. Campers have the opportunity to swim with dolphins and stingrays, enjoy the rides and other attractions at SeaWorld, and interact with marine animals at SeaWorld's rescue and rehabilitation facilities. Participants are educated about the roles and responsibilities of individuals employed in the marine field. Campers are supervised at all times by staff who are skilled at working with young adults. The weeklong Adventure Career Camp at SeaWorld cost £633 as of summer 2010.

SeaWorld

7007 SeaWorld Drive

Orlando, FL 32821

888-800-5447

swbg-adventurecamps.com

Catalina Island Teen Camp

The Catalina Island Teen Camp educates participants about marine biology, all while offering plenty of fun activities to keep them engaged. Campers take part in lab activities as well as exploratory expeditions. The camp features a fish lab and an invertebrate lab. Campers also spend one day surfing, snorkelling and swimming. Another day is spent on a boat expedition to isolated areas to swim, snorkel and photograph garibaldis, sea lions and bat rays. The final full-day expedition is to the University of Southern California's Marine Lab, where there is a touch tank and snorkelling opportunities with leopard sharks. Campers stay in extra large tents with a supervisor in each cabin. A two-week stay at this summer camp cost £965 as of summer 2010.

Catalina Island Teen Camp

P.O. Box 950

San Pedro, CA 90731

310-510-9000

mountainandsea.org

MarineQuest

MarineQuest with the University of North Carolina in Wilmington (UNCW) at Cape Fear on the Atlantic Coast has been offering summer learning experiences for more than 28 years to children of all ages. For teens, there is the Ocean Lab summer program that immerses them in the biology, chemistry, geology and physics of marine technology. Campers spend a day on a research cruise and visit the Center for Marine Science and the North Carolina Aquarium. Participants enjoy activities such as kayaking, snorkelling, operating model Remotely Operated Vehicles and learning ocean floor mapping. Campers stay two to a room in secure UNCW dormitories on the university's campus. A weeklong summer experience in this program cost £487 as of summer 2010.

University of North Carolina

601 S. College Rd.

Wilmington, NC 28403-3297

910-962-2640

uncw.edu

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