Campers show what they've found on the beachEach summer, Oregon Sea Grant hosts a number of summer day camps for youth 8 to 18 years old. Each camp is four days long, running Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm.

Summer day camps at HMSC give young people an opportunity to interact with researchers and learn about the marine environment through hands-on programs and field trips. Topics covered in each camp differ, but range from marine technology to marine mammals.


Campers from Summer 2011

register for day camp

Thank you all for a wonderful 2017 Summer Camp Season!  Mark your calendars for next year!

Campers 15-18: July 9-12, 2018

Campers 13-14: July 16-19, 2018

Campers 11-12: July 23-26, 2018

Campers 8-10: July 30-August 2, 2018

Registration includes all instructional materials, field trips, and a camp t-shirt to decorate. Lunches are not included. Detailed information about each camp will be sent before the camps begin. Payment must accompany registration. Make checks payable to HMSC Sea Grant. Camp registration fees are non-refundable.


Summer 2017 Day Camps

Ocean Odyssey

Campers Ages: 9-12

August 7-10, 2017

Fees: $185
Come explore the wonders of the ocean. Campers will see marine animals in the wild on field trips and do hands-on activities in a lab while learning about the ocean from top to bottom and animals, big to small!
Ocean of Opportunities - FULL*

Campers Ages: 15-18

July 10-13, 2017

Fees: $185


Explore a sea of marine careers as we meet a variety of scientists and collect data. Go behind-the-scenes of marine labs and out in the field to learn about and practice research techniques. Design and construct instruments to collect data. Help researchers conduct a necropsy and collect samples for further analysis. *To get on the wait list, register as normal.

Sea Lab - FULL*

Campers Ages: 13-14

July 17-20, 2017

Fees: $185

Immerse yourself in the wonders of marine science as we utilize various research techniques, from plankton light-traps to ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles), to sample organisms and collect data. Travel to several field sites to study different coastal habitats and conduct research. *To get on the wait list, register as normal.

Coastal Explorers - FULL*

Campers Ages: 11-12

July 24-27, 2017

Fees: $185

Explore unique coastal habitats from tide pools to old-growth forests and the amazing critters found there. Compare the different habitats and their inhabitants as we investigate the connections between various ecosystems through a variety of field explorations and hands-on experiments. *To get on the wait list, register as normal.

Animal Adaptations - FULL*

*Register for Wait List

Campers Ages: 8-10

July 31 - August 3, 2017

Fees: $185

Discover the wondrous world of marine animals through fieldtrips, dissection, interaction with researchers, and hands-on activities. Campers will explore life on rocky shores, sandy beaches and in the estuary, investigating how animals are adapted to these environments. *To get on the wait list, register as normal.

Campers exploring tidepools

Day Camp Highlights:

  • Explore coastal and marine habitats through field trips
  • Learn firsthand about the marine environment and the amazing diversity of life found there
  • Conduct experiments in the field and in wet labs
  • Learn about scientific techniques and current research
  • Interact with researchers and other experts

Photos from past camps

Day Camp FAQs


For information and questions, contact:

Kathryn Hawes
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Dr
Newport, OR 97365

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