Session Descriptions – Ocean Explorers Virtual Camp

Something’s Fishy (Ages 7-9)

Dive into the wonderful world of fish, from sharks to sculpins, during this fun-filled week of Ocean Explorers. Transform into an ichthyologist (fish scientist) and investigate the amazing adaptations of fish and their habitats from the streams to the sea.

  • Join behind-the-scenes fishy feedings live-streamed from the Seymour Center every day.
  • Meet and talk to our team of aquarists to learn about how they care for all kinds of fish and more.
  • Make new friends online and have a great time learning about marine life.
  • Have FUN with creative crafts and interactive games!

Marine Science for Girls

(Ages 9-11)

Discover how marine mammals are adapted for life in the ocean and how research at Long Marine Lab contributes to the conservation of dolphins, seals, and sea lions. Gain experience in marine mammal training and animal care techniques. Learn how researchers and trainers work with Long Marine Lab’s amazing marine mammals.

  • Interact with Long Marine Lab’s resident marine mammals through live streaming.
  • Join virtual field trips to scientists’ study sites like Año Nuevo Island, Alaska, and Antarctica.
  • Investigate incredible marine mammal adaptations for surviving at sea.
  • Meet new friends and have a great time learning about marine life!

Thank you, program sponsors: Rachel & David Kliger

Masterful Marine Mammals (Ages 9-11 and 12-14)

Do you want to be a marine biologist? This program is for you! Delve into an exciting world of marine mammal science alongside Long Marine Lab’s animal trainers, researchers, and educators from the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Interact in real time with some incredible animals that teach UC Santa Cruz scientists how to protect wild marine mammals around the globe.

  • Learn about marine mammals, animal training techniques, and what it takes to be a researcher.
  • Enjoy live-streaming interactions with the marine lab’s resident marine mammals and trainers.
  • Become a citizen scientist with the Año Nuevo Island Animal Count Project.
  • Make new friends and have a great time learning about marine life.

Schedule and Fees

How to Apply

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


July 19, 2020 1:30–2:30 PM
Join us–online!–for Science Sunday, “Stranded: A Window into the Health of Marine Mammal Populations,” with Robin Dunkin, Ph.D. Preregister.

July 2, 2020, 11 AM
Tune in to learn more about the ecology of marine mammals with Roxanne Beltran, Ph.D.

Create ocean-inspired crafts and activities using materials found around the house. Find instructions for our latest activity: Ocean Acidification Experiment.

Explore the intricate beauty of bat stars up close. Learn how they sense their surroundings and why they feel scratchy to the touch. Watch the 4-minute video here!

Enjoy outdoor highlights of the spectacular Coastal Science Campus as you explore the network of trails with this guide to interpretive signs.

Start your own marine science journal today with these cool observation activities with video links. Designed for ages seven and up.


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