Ocean Explorers Virtual Summer Camp

Marine science programs for youth ages 7-14
Virtual camp sessions
June 22 to August 7, 2020


  • Enjoy a week of fun this summer learning about ocean science
  • Investigate the incredible creatures that inhabit Monterey Bay
  • Discover how ocean scientists work with marine animals at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center and Long Marine Lab to help conserve animals in the wild

Ocean Explorers share in the thrill of scientific discovery taking place at Long Marine Lab and beyond. Join us for behind-the-scenes virtual visits, live streaming interactions with scientists, animal caregivers and trainers, and more! Children actively engage in a distance learning format.

Ocean Explorers Session Descriptions

Schedule and Fees

How to Apply

Meet our Instructors

Join us for great programs! Ocean Explorers marine science programs are taking place in a virtual format this summer to protect families in this time of COVID-19. 


See what this summer’s Ocean Explorers families are saying about our new virtual camps:


“You exceeded our expectations. It was great to be able to learn so much about the various animals and we very much appreciated the amount of time the children got exposed to practical scientific marine biology work.”

“My daughter was very excited to share what she saw and did in the camp without me asking.”

“Luca got exposed to a whole new level of marine biology.”

“Libby attends Ocean Explorers camp every year and knows a lot but she still learned new things this year in virtual camp. It is the highlight of her summer. The staff did an amazing job!”

“Thank you again for offering this amazing camp!”


Curious about the Ocean Explorers experience? Here are some comments shared with us from our in-person camps in 2019:

“I expected my daughter to learn something different with this program, but you exceeded our expectations!”

“He enjoyed everything. Especially working with the seals and dolphins, and building ROV’s. He loved every day of camp and wished it could be longer.”

“The program definitely fostered Libby’s love for science and learning.”

“It is our daughter’s absolute favorite camp ever!”

“Andrew wants to return to the camp again next year. He has definitely cut back on his plastic usage. He wants to work at Long Marine Lab in the future.”

“This is an incredible program and I truly appreciate the scholarship that made it possible for my children to attend. Thank you!”

“Olivia declares she wants to be a marine biologist. She is very excited about what she learned AND she recognized the opportunities that your camp provided that most kids don’t get to experience.”

“It was her first experience in marine science. And what a great way to get kids to learn to love science. School science isn’t always delivered in a way that really engages kids. I was so happy that she had an opportunity to learn science in a fun and engaging way.”

“He came home teaching us in great deal all that he learned about the health and well-being of animals, how to care for them, what to monitor, etc. We were amazed.”

“My daughter came home every day from camp excited and told me about the ROV’s they built, learning about each marine mammal and how to check them, and have fun experiences with them. My daughter is even more excited about her interest to study marine biology later in college.”

“Joel was learning and absorbing like a sponge—he was absolutely engaged for the entire program.”

“Lucas wasn’t overwhelmed or underwhelmed. This program is amazing.”

“The hands-on environment with classroom exposure plus variety of different learning applications made the camp stimulating.”

“It provided him with the independence and support to help his confidence.”

“Fabulous, well-trained, enthusiastic, and PATIENT instructors.”

“The [instructors] were absolutely amazing in all areas of leadership. Thank you!”

“They are fantastic—all the program instructors are wonderful, Katrina is simply amazing.”

“It is her ‘happy place.'”

“This program is the highlight of Libby’s summer. She absolutely loves it. She wants to volunteer for the Seymour Center as soon as she is old enough.”

“We cannot wait for next year. Thank you very much for offering this amazing program and running such a wonderful and critical facility. We moved to Atlanta, but still come back for this.”


Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to receive the announcement when registration opens for Ocean Explorers 2021, and keep your membership* to the Seymour Center active.

*Members (at the Dual/Family membership level or higher) of the Friends of Seymour Center receive priority registration and a reduced fee for Ocean Explorers programs.


Interested in supporting Ocean Explorers? You can become a program sponsor and bring marine science to more kids next year. Learn more!


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