Ocean Explorers summer camp at Seymour Center is a week your child will never forget. Just ask the professional marine scientists who attended Ocean Explorers 20 years ago.

Our marine science summer camps give youth ages 7 to 14 opportunities to actively explore the ocean, investigate the animals with which we share Monterey Bay, and experience the thrill of scientific discovery at a world-class marine lab.

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

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. Work alongside researchers and trainers to learn about Long Marine Lab’s amazing marine mammals. Explorers gain first-hand experience in marine mammal animal care and training techniques. We venture out on the Monterey Bay by kayak for a day of fun to look for marine mammals and to observe behaviors of local marine life. Enjoy outings to investigate scientists’ favorite coastal field sites for a week to remember.

Fabulous Fish (ages 7-8)

Dive into the wonderful world of fish, from sharks to sculpins, during this fun-filled week. We investigate the habitats and adaptations of fish–from streams to the sea–by exploring river riffles at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and fishy fun and games at Natural Bridges State Beach. At the lab, work with our Aquarium Curator to learn how we take care of our finned friends at the Seymour Center. Tap into your scientific observation skills to follow your favorite fish in the aquarium all week. Oceans of fun with fish printing and tide-pooling adventures await!

How to Apply
Demand is high for spots in Ocean Explorers, so we use a lottery system. We announce the application window in our newsletter. Check back or subscribe now to be the first to know.
Ocean Explorers day camp programs run Monday-Friday in the summer months. In 2022, programs will run June 6-August 5. Age-specific program dates will be announced in our newsletter. Check back or subscribe to our newsletter to get the announcement straight in your inbox.
Pricing coming soon. You can expect fees to range somewhere around $485-$685, depending on the specific program. Fees include all transportation and field excursion costs. Participants bring their own lunches and snacks.