Marine summer camp scholarships

Marine summer camp scholarships are available for the following camp sessions:

Once Upon a Tide Pool
For kids entering kindergarten in fall 2017
July 5–7 (three-day camp)
Wednesday–Friday, 9am–4pm
At low tide, the shore reveals pockets of shallow water surrounded by fortresses of rocks. Hundreds of tiny animals call these glimmering pools home until they’re covered by the incoming tide. Join us to hear fishy tales and sing sea songs from a day in the life of an ever-changing tide pool. The hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, sea stars, anemones and more who dwell there can’t wait to share their stories with you. All camp activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Amazing Octopus & Friends!
For kids entering grades 1–2 in fall 2017
Session 1: July 17–21 Scholarships filled.
Session 2: August 14–18
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Did you know the world’s largest species of octopus lives right here in Puget Sound? Get to know the giant Pacific octopus while participating in fun class research projects and viewing enrichment feedings. You’ll meet many kinds of animals in this group, known as the “magicians of the sea.” They can change colors, shift shapes, light up and be gone in a blink of an eye. Amazing hands-on activities and animal feedings of other local spineless wonders are in store! All camp activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Sharks & Fish Friends!
For kids entering grades 1–2 in fall 2017
Session 1: June 26–30
Session 2: July 31–August 4
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Unveil the mysteries and myths that surround one of the top predators living in our ocean. Discover facts about a local, legendary species: the sixgill shark. Meet divers and find out about the latest research findings on these not-so-scary giants of the deep. Explore our Underwater Dome, home to a small species of shark also found locally: the Pacific spiny dogfish. Your week will be filled with stories, sea shanties, scavenger hunts and superb works of shark art. All camp activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Undersea Adventure
For kids entering grades 3–4 in fall 2017
Session 1: June 26–30
Session 2: July 17–21
Session 3: July 31–August 4
Session 4: August 14–18
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Explore what swims and scuttles beneath the waves with Aquarium experts. Our team of biologists, researchers and divers go on many adventures each year to observe what’s taking place under the surface in waters from Washington to Hawaii. Learn about their latest findings and conduct your own mini research surveys using some of the same methods as our Aquarium team. Each day will bring new discoveries and adventures in our amazing underwater world. All camp activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Ocean Odyssey
For kids entering grades 3–4 in fall 2016
Session 1: June 27–July 1—Scholarships have been filled for this program
Session 2: July 25–29
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Explore what comes ashore with Aquarium experts. Our team of biologists, researchers and a veterinarian go on many adventures throughout the year to observe what is taking place along our shorelines from Washington to Alaska. Discover their latest findings and conduct mini research surveys of your own using some of the same methods our Aquarium team utilizes. Each day will bring us to new places and adventures amongst the amazing stretches of coast where the land meets the sea. All camp activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium.

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Partnership summer camp

Legends of the Deep—a day camp with Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT)

For kids entering grades 1–4 in fall 2017
August 21–25
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Dive into the deep and explore a magical world of coral reefs, seahorses and seals. Develop acting skills as you immerse yourself in a dramatic adventure while also engaging in hands-on marine science in this unique experience. Our adventure will conclude with a field trip on the last day to welcome the salmon home as they journey through the Ballard locks. Then, we’ll head off to explore the wetlands and beaches at Golden Gardens.

Camp takes place at the Seattle Aquarium. For scholarship information, please visit sct.org/School/Financial-Aid.


Junior Marine Biologist—Meet Our Marine Mammals
For kids entering grades 5–6 in fall 2017
Session 1: July 10–14
Session 2: July 24–28
Session 3: August 7–11
Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Washington is home to several species of marine mammals, from otters to orcas. Some live in Puget Sound year-round; others migrate through our local waters on their way to feeding grounds and to raise newborns. Meet the Aquarium’s otters and seals, then conduct surveys looking for marine mammals that may appear right along the Seattle waterfront. Discover the natural history, cycles and day-to-day lives of these charismatic icons of the Pacific Northwest. Camp activities take place on-site at the Seattle Aquarium and local field locations via excursions including kayaking and beach trips.

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Marine Science Career Exploration
For youth entering grades 7–8 in fall 2017
Session 1: July 10–14, for girls
Session 2: July 24–28, for all genders
Session 3: August 7–11, for boys
Monday–Thursday, 9am–4pm and Friday 7am–8pm
Further your knowledge of career options in the field of marine science. Learn about the paths taken by popular sea science icons as they went from students to legends who inspire us all to care for our marine environment.. Plus, enjoy excursions throughout the week: to local field sites for restoration area cleanups, to meet local scientists—and conclude the week with a boat trip in search of a variety of sea life, including orcas!

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Unexplored Ocean—Discoveries in Marine Science
For youth entering grades 7–8 in fall 2016
Session 1: July 18–22, for girls—Scholarships have been filled for this program
Session 2: August 1–5, for all genders
Session 3: August 15–19, for boys
Monday–Thursday, 9am–4pm and Friday 7am–7:30pm
This camp provides insight into the latest research in marine science exploration. Uncover the latest findings related to Earth’s largest, mostly unexplored expanse: our one big ocean. Engage in team-building activities with marine science technology and underwater exploration tools. Develop a greater understanding of the microscopic world of water and learn more about larger-than-life phenomena in the abyss. Plus, enjoy excursions throughout the week: to local field sites for restoration area cleanups and to meet local scientists—and conclude our week on a boat excursion in search of a variety of sea life including orcas!

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Here and there! Partnership summer camp

Voyaging Puget Sound with The Center for Wooden Boats—a five-day camp including one overnight

For youth ages 13–16; age exceptions are not permitted due to Coast Guard regulations
August 1–5
Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9am–5pm: Seattle Aquarium
Wednesday, 9am–overnight: Seattle Aquarium, then voyage to Blake Island
Thursday: wake up at Blake Island and voyage to Seattle Aquarium. Camp ends at 5pm.

Explore our local waterways by leading your own voyage. Join sailing and science instructors from The Center for Wooden Boats and the Seattle Aquarium on the longboat Discovery, a 26-foot open rowing and sailing boat like those used by explorers Cook and Vancouver. Chart your course across the Puget Sound, conduct science experiments at sea and present your research at the Aquarium. Develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills while having fun and gaining technical ability in sailing, rowing, navigation and field observation.

Camp takes place at the Seattle Aquarium; overnight takes place at Blake Island.

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