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.