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Camp SEA Lab partners with multiple marine organizations along the coast to provide the best possible program for our campers.

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Dynamic lessons, games, field trips, and on the water experiences keep campers busy during the day, while they enjoy night hikes, songs and s’mores around a campfire at night!

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Residential Camps

Camp SEA Lab residential camp gives youth, ages 10-13, an in depth opportunity to experience the wonders of marine environment. Programs vary by theme and utilize a wealth of resources throughout the central coast. From slough to sea, Camp SEA Lab partners with multiple marine organizations along the coast to provide the best possible program for our participants. Health and safety are always our primary concern, and each site is selected for their commitment to maintaining a safe environment.

Campers arrive on day 1 eager and curious about the ocean, the friends they will make, and the staff they will meet for the week. Dynamic lessons, games, field trips, and on the water experiences keep campers busy during the day, while they enjoy night hikes, songs and s'mores around a campfire at night! By day 5, campers are filled with knowledge and experience involving our coasts and ocean, have actively participated as members of a team, and are ready to spread the word to friends and family about why the marine environment is so cool!

Lodging is located at California State University Monterey Bay to gain the college experience and exposure to the beautiful Monterey Bay coastline. Campers will be housed in campus dorm rooms and will always have roommates grouped by age and gender. Camp SEA Lab staff will oversee supervision 24 hours a day. Every camper receives a camp T-shirt free with tuition!

Residential Camp Descriptions

Drifters of the Deep

Do you know what microscopic forms of life exist in one drop of seawater? You won't believe your eyes! Encounter bizarre larval creatures from sea stars to crabs to jellies! Discover the world of drifting plankton that plays a vital role in sustaining life in our fragile ocean ecosystem. You'll explore below the surface with mask and snorkel. Then to top it off, you’ll go kayaking at sunset in search of bioluminescent plankton! Campers must be able to swim.

Activities: kayaking, snorkeling, boogie boarding, plankton studies, tidepooling, visit to Monterey Bay Aquaruim

Location: California State University, Monterey Bay
Age: 10-13
Fee: $800

Registration limited to 30 campers
Staff to camper ratio is at least 1:6

Session 1:
July 2-6, 2017 Waitlist only
Session 2: July 23-27, 2017
Waitlist only
Time: Sunday 1:00pm - Thursday 1:00pm

Register Registration Opens mid-December


Girls Love Science

Join us for an exciting girls-empowered week exploring the dynamic marine environment of the central coast! This field-oriented, hands-on program will investigate a variety of marine ecosystems, including sandy beaches, Elkhorn Slough, and kelp forest while learning what impact human activities can have. Be introduced to amazing ocean habitats as you gain interest in exploring future marine science careers. Meet fellow ocean-lovers along the way as we surf, kayak, and explore together! Campers must be able to swim.

Activities: surfing, kayaking, boogie boarding, coastal hiking, plankton studies, visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium

Location: California State University, Monterey Bay
Age: 10-13
Fee: $800

Registration limited to 30 campers
Staff to camper ratio is at least 1:6

Session 1:
June 11-15, 2017
Session 2: July 16-20, 2017

Time: Sunday 1:00pm - Thursday 1:00pm

Register Registration Opens mid-December

School of Sharks

Have you ever wondered how sharks hear sound, migrate across the ocean, or find prey? Unlock these mysteries as we explore the science behind the largest fishes in the sea! From understanding the importance of this top predator's role in balancing the ocean's ecosystem, to learning about conservation efforts to save endangered sharks, you'll meet shark researchers who are discovering answers to these questions. Your week will be filled with studying the science of sharks as well as becoming familiar with Monterey Bay by kayak and yes, surfing! Campers must be able to swim.

Activities: kayaking, surfing, boogie boarding, sand crab surveys, visit to Moss Landing Marine Lab

Location: California State University, Monterey Bay
Age: 10-13
Fee: $800

Registration limited to 30 campers
Staff to camper ratio is at least 1:6

Session 1: June 18-22, 2017
Session 2: July 9-13, 2017

Time: Sunday 1:00pm - Thursday 1:00pm

Register Registration Opens mid-December

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