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Marine biology summer camps for kids

Updated July 20, 2017

Children and teens interested in plants and animals that live in and around the ocean might want to attend a marine biology summer camp. Educational experiences are available for kids of all ages and range in scope from a six-hour day camp held at an aquarium to three weeks aboard an ocean-going vessel.

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Since 1993, Broadreach has been offering summer adventures for teenagers. The marine biology camps focus on small groups of campers. Opportunities include sailing through the Caribbean, studying dolphins in Belize, whale watching in Vancouver and learning about sharks in Fiji.

Broadreach 806 McCulloch St. Suite 102 Raleigh, NC 27603 888-833-1907 gobroadreach.com

SeaWorld San Antonio

Students from fifth grade through college can find educational programs at SeaWorld in San Antonio. Both residential and day camps are available that focus on careers in marine biology, animal health and behaviour.

SeaWorld San Antonio 10500 SeaWorld Drive San Antonio, TX 78251 800-700-7786 swbg-animals.org

Whale Camp

High school students can choose to earn college credit while attending Whale Camp on Grand Manan Island near Bangor, Maine. Teens with an interest in marine wildlife can attend sessions that last from one to three weeks. There are also programs available for families with young children.

The Whale Camp, Inc. P.O. Box 63 Cheyney, PA 19319 888-549-4253 whalecamp.com

Sea Turtle Camp

Weeklong camps for teens from 13 to 17 are offered in and around the North Carolina Aquarium. Campers explore the wetlands of the Masonboro Island Preserve and work in the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital. Participants also attend seminars hosted by professors from the Center for Marine Science at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington.

Sea Turtle Camp 530 Causeway Drive Suite B-1 Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 910-686-4611 seaturtlecamp.com

Aquarium of the Pacific

Children as young as 3 that have an adult partner can attend day camps at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. Additionally, there are camps available for youngsters in all age groups up to the 9th grade. Some programs include sleepovers and allow participants to feed bamboo sharks, take a whale-watching trip and observe sea otters.

Aquarium of the Pacific | 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802 562-590-3100 aquariumofpacific.org


Located in the Florida Keys, the non-profit group Seacamp has been providing educational experiences for youngsters since 1966. Students between the ages of 12 and 17 can study General Marine Sciences, Marine Invertebrates, Marine Communities or related topics.

Seacamp Association Inc. 1300 Big Pine Ave. Big Pine Key, FL 33043 1-877-732-2267 seacamp.org

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About the Author

Dee Rossi has been freelancing as a writer since retiring from teaching in 2007. She specializes in creating content for and about children, and she also writes about parenting and grandparenting. Additionally, Rossi pens audio book reviews for the website AudioForBooks. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., where she majored in social sciences and elementary education.

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