Providing Marine Science Education and Adventures in the Monterey Bay

Camp SEA Lab fosters...

lifelong excitement, scientific understanding, and stewardship of our coasts and ocean by providing quality marine-oriented programs that promote science, education, and adventure for youth. Located in Monterey Bay, California, Camp SEA Lab offers high-quality outdoor school and summer camp programs to educate and inspire the next generation of ocean stewards.


Camp SEA Lab is dedicated...

to helping children explore the wonders of the marine environment from the top of the watershed to the bottom of the deep sea as they gain a greater appreciation for what science can teach them about our world and the importance of being good stewards for the ocean.

Summer Camps

  • Programs run mid-June to early August
  • Marine science activities, conservation and career topics enriched with water sports (surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boarding)
  • Day camps (ages 8–13) based in Monterey, CA
  • Overnight camps (ages 10–15) based at CSUMB dorms 
  • Sailing adventures (ages 13–16) leave from Monterey and Sausalito on five‑day cruises


Outdoor School booking for schools only

  • Three-day, two-night residential science camp program at our sites in Aptos/Seascape, CA
  • Day programs at Asilomar Beach or Elkhorn Slough
  • Grades 4–8
  • NGSS activities such as sand crab monitoring, plankton labs, and squid dissections
  • Additional activities may include kayaking, coastal exploration, and campfires on the beach
  • Fall (September–November) and Spring Seasons (February‑May)


"Our daughters really enjoyed their week at camp and are excited about signing up next summer for the week of Girls Love Science...It was an outstanding camp experience for both daughters. Many thanks to the organizers and staff!" ‑‑‑ 2019 parent

"Surfing was a big hit... my child was able, with the patient instruction of the counselors, to stand up by the end of the day. With a smaller camp size, my child made some great friends who are all trying to reunite at Camp SEA Lab next year!"

---Summer Camper Parent

My daughter had a great time. She is so glad she had the opportunity to go and learn about the marine life. She really enjoyed her time at MBARI and enjoyed talking to the employees there. She loved having the opportunity to learn to surf and seeing the leatherback turtle in the wild was the best. Thanks so much for providing this and thanks to your staff for making it such a great experience.” ---Summer Camper Parent