Information for 2023 Ocean Explorers has arrived! 

Ocean Explorers marine science summer program at Seymour Center is a week your child will never forget. Just ask the professional marine scientists who attended Ocean Explorers themselves.

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

Coastal Ecosystem Explorers (ages 7-9)

Explore an awesome array of life thriving in our coastal ecosystems. From glorious giant kelp forests and sandy shorelines to majestic redwood forests, discoveries await. Investigate kelp forest fishes, invertebrates, and algae with the Seymour Center’s expert aquarium and education team. Explore and compare life within a coastal redwood forest during a hike in Henry Cowell State Park. Seabright Beach provides the perfect place for sandy shore investigations, a beach clean-up, and plenty of fun and games. Throughout the week, we combine our scientific and artistic skills to create a magical mural of the kelp forest to educate and inspire others.

Marine Science for Girls (ages 9-11)

An amazing camp designed to inspire girls with a deep love of ocean science. Girls go behind the scenes with Long Marine Lab’s expert marine mammal scientists and trainers. Learn from special seals, sea lions, and dolphins participating in conservation research. We explore coastal sites as we travel south to camp at Big Sur on Thursday night. Our week wraps up with a fun kayak adventure in search of sea otters and more!

Please note: This overnight camp requires all participants to be fully vaccinated (or provide proof of an approved medical exemption with routine testing). Participants supply their own sleeping bags and sleeping pads. Restroom facilities are available at the campground.

Thank you to Rachel & David Kliger for sponsoring Marine Science for Girls

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

Discover how dolphins, seals, and sea lions cooperate in conservation research to help protect wild marine animals around the globe. Work alongside researchers and trainers to learn about Long Marine Lab’s extraordinary marine mammals. Gain first-hand experience in marine mammal care and training techniques and enjoy outings to coastal field sites. We top it off with a kayak adventure to search for local marine life.

Schedule

Coastal Ecosystem Explorers (ages 7-9)

Age Week Time
7-9 yrs June 12-16
July 3-7*
9 AM-3 PM

*There will be camp on July 4th.


Marine Science for Girls (ages 9-11)

Age Week Time
9-11 yrs July 31- August 4 9 AM-4 PM

There will be an overnight on Thursday, August 3rd.


Masterful Marine Mammals (ages 9-11)

Age Week Time
9-11 yrs June 5-9
June 26-30
July 17-21
9 AM-4 PM

Masterful Marine Mammals (ages 12-14)

Age Week Time
12-14 yrs June 19-23
July 10-14
July 24-28
9 AM-4 PM

Cost
  • Coastal Ecosystem Explorers: $500
  • Marine Science for Girls: $700
  • Masterful Marine Mammals: $700

Fees include all transportation and field excursion costs. Participants bring their own lunches and snacks.

The Seymour Center strives to provide equitable access to our programs. Need-based scholarships for Ocean Explorers are currently available thanks to generous donors to our scholarship fund. To be considered for scholarship funds, please submit an online Ocean Explorers Scholarship Application by March 20.

Scholarships

The Seymour Center strives to provide equitable access to our programs. Need-based scholarships for Ocean Explorers are currently available thanks to generous donors to our scholarship fund. To be considered for scholarship funds, please submit an online Ocean Explorers Scholarship Application by March 20.

How to Register

Online registration for summer 2023 camps will open on Monday, April 10, at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A registration link will be available here on April 10.

Participation is limited to one camp spot per child per summer.

 


Special Precautions
The health and safety of our Ocean Explorers and staff are of the utmost importance. Our COVID safety precautions follow protocols and guidelines for youth day camps by the CDC, CDPH, and Santa Cruz County, along with additional UC Santa Cruz requirements. Safety measures may be adjusted at any time to meet changing conditions and health guidelines.

  • Vaccination is highly recommended for all Ocean Explorers participants.
  • Masks are required in certain indoor and outdoor locations. Masks are highly recommended whenever indoors.
  • Due to UCSC policy about overnight camping, Marine Science for Girls participants are required to be fully vaccinated (or provide proof of an approved medical exemption with routine testing).

Additional safety measures may be required or adjusted at any time to meet changing conditions and health guidelines. This MAY include:

  • Masking required at all times while indoors and in certain outdoor situations
  • Required COVID testing

Specific details and requirements will be provided in confirmation packets. For additional questions, please contact Youth Programs at discover@ucsc.edu

Cancellation Policy

When notified of a cancellation at least two weeks in advance, we will attempt to fill the vacancy. If a replacement is found, we will refund the program cost minus a $70 cancellation fee. If we do not find a replacement, we are unable to refund any portion of the program fee. If your child must stop attendance during camp due to COVID, you will be refunded a prorated amount minus a $70 processing fee.

Questions?

Contact Youth Programs at discover@ucsc.edu