Summer

Mon - Fri
June 13 - August 12, 2022

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Grades K - 8th

Price varies per camp

MARINE SCIENCE
CAMP

Summer is the time to explore and enjoy the outdoors!

Marine Science Camp for K-8th grades is a wonderful way for children to excite their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning about, and caring for, the environment. Whether they are getting introduced to marine science, or are diving into a subject that they are already passionate about, campers are inspired by interactions with live animals and taking part in science in action. This summer program engages budding biologists with creative, active and hands-on projects that keep their bodies and minds active. Lead by our experienced science instructors, campers discover local habitats and animals at our Redwood City site and while aboard our research vessel, the Robert G. Brownlee. Make science come alive this summer!

Priority Registration for Members opens January 10th at 9am. Become a member here.

Registration opens to the community on February 1st at 9am.

Extended care is available until 5:00 pm daily. Extended care cost is $150 per child per week (daily 3:30 - 5:00 pm). Must register in advance, drop-ins not available. 

Please read the Summer Marine Science Camp FAQs for important information such as what to expect at camp, drop off and pick up procedures and much more.

Apply for financial support with the Marine Science Camp Scholarship Fund.

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Plankton Pioneers

Entering K - 1st Grade

Cost:

$570* per 1-week session

Structure:

1 day aboard ship, 4 days at MSI
 

Dates:

June 13-17, June 27-July 1,
July 5-8*, July 18-22, July 25-29,
August 8-12

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Naturalists

Returning 4th - 5th Grade

Cost:

$650 per 1-week session

Structure:

2 days at MSI, 2 days off-site field trips (TBD), 1 day aboard ship

Dates:

July 11-15, July 25-29,
August 8-12

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Marine Explorers - 1 week 

Entering 2nd - 5th Grade

Cost:

$620 per 1-week session

Structure:

1 day aboard ship, 1 day off-site field trip (TBD), 3 days at MSI
 

Dates:

July 11-15, July 18-22, August 1-5

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Underwater Investigators

Entering 6th - 8th Grade

Cost:

$720 per 1-week session

Structure:

1 day at MSI, 2 days canoeing, 2 days aboard ship (no overnight)
 

Dates:

June 20-24, July 11-15,
August 1-5

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Marine Explorers - 2 week

Entering 2nd - 5th Grade

Cost:

$1230* per 2-week session

Structure:

2 days aboard ship, 2 days off-site field trip (TBD), 6 days at MSI
 

Dates:

June 13-24, June 27-July 8*,
July 18-29, August 1-12

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Camp Scholarship

Entering K - 8th Grade

The Marine Science Camp Scholarship Fund was created to give as many kids as possible the opportunity to experience the benefits of summer camp.
 

The Marine Science Camp Scholarship Fund is supported entirely by the generous contributions of our community
 

Science Camp cancellation and refund policy: 

30% deposit and the $3.41 processing fee are non-refundable for cancellations made at any time. Cancellations within two weeks of your camp session start date are 100% non-refundable. If federal, state or county COVID-19 mandates prevent MSI from operating Marine Science Camp programs, registrants may opt to donate program fees, defer program fees to the ACTIVE account to be used as a credit, or receive a full refund. Scholarship donations are non-refundable.

Questions? Contact camp@sfbaymsi.org

About the groups

Plankton Pioneers

Entering grades K-1 (must be 5 years old by the start of camp, 4-year-olds entering K are not eligible to register)

$570 (*$455 for July 5-8 prorated session)

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. All drop-off and pick-up is at Marine Science Institute. Extended care available until 5:00 pm.

June 13-17, June 27-July 1, July 5-8*, July 18-22, July 25-29, August 8-12​

Plankton Pioneer camp introduces young children to the wonders of our amazing marine environment through a variety of fun-filled, hands-on activities, themed crafts, games, songs & stories. The campers will explore different groups of animals, marine habitats, and food chains. The highlight of the week is an exciting voyage aboard our ship which includes fishing, studying mud, and looking at plankton under a microscope. 

Marine Explorers 

1-week session

Entering grades 2 -5 

$620 

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. All drop-off and pick-up is at Marine Science Institute. Extended care available until 5:00 pm.

July 11-15, July 18-22, August 1-5​

Marine Explorers (one-week) explorers Pacific Coast and San Francisco Bay marine habitats and animals. Participants enjoy 3 days at our site, 1 day at an off-site field trip (TBD) and 1 day aboard our ship learning about local ecosystems with live animals, hands-on activities, and themed games and crafts. Marine Explorers will have an in depth investigation of local marine ecosystems and learn how similar animals from different habitats have unique adaptations to help them survive

Marine Explorers 

2-week session

Entering grades 2 -5 

$1230 (*$1105 for June 27-July 8 prorated session)

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. All drop-off and pick-up is at Marine Science Institute. Extended care available until 5:00 pm.

June 13-24, June 27-July 8*, July 18-29, August 1-12

Marine Explorers (two-week) explores Pacific Coast and San Francisco Bay marine habitats and animals. Participants enjoy 6 days at our site, 2 days on off-site field trips (TBD) and 2 days aboard our ship learning about local ecosystems with live animals, hands-on activities, and themed games and crafts. Marine Explorers will have an in depth investigation of local marine ecosystems and learn how similar animals from different habitats have unique adaptations to help them survive.

Naturalists

Entering grades 4 - 5, returning campers  

$650

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. All drop-off and pick-up is at Marine Science Institute. Extended care available until 5:00 pm.

July 11-15, July 25-29, August 8-12

Naturalists explores the relationship between the form - or morphology - of organisms and the way the organism functions. The camp session is fast-paced, goes more in depth and is geared toward participants who have attended a Marine Science Camp program before. Participants enjoy 2 days at our site, 2 off-site field trips (TBD), and 1 day aboard our ship learning about marine life with live animals, hands-on activities, and themed games and crafts.

Underwater Investigators

Entering grades 6 - 8

$720

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. All drop-off and pick-up is at Marine Science Institute. Extended care available until 5:00 pm.

June 20-24, July 11-15, August 1-5

Underwater Investigators is a one-week adventure exploring biomimicry. Biomimicry (“bio”=life, and “mimic”=to imitate) is a way of learning from nature in action and using that knowledge to inspire new ideas. Participants enjoy 1 day at our site, 2 days canoeing, and 2 days aboard our ship learning about local ecosystems with live animals and hands-on activities. Through the course of their camp week, participants will learn how engineers often imitate nature in the design of innovative new products and sustainable solutions to human problems.