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

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

*If a camp is FULL submit your registration as normal to be added to a wait list.

Registration includes all instructional materials and field trips. 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.

2016 Day Camp Schedule

Summer 2016 Day Camps

Marine Investigations Camp - *FULL

Campers Ages: 15-18

July 11-14, 2016

Fees: $180


Dive into marine science on the Oregon coast as you discover the diversity of coastal habitats through field trips and hands-on explorations.  Meet researchers during behind the scenes tours and assist them with experiments and data collection.

Marine Mammals Camp

Campers Ages: 13-14

July 18-21, 2016

Fees: $180

Learn about the diversity of marine mammals and their amazing adaptations by conducting experiments and participating in fieldtrips.   Discover how researchers track marine mammals and determine cause of death, and look for marine mammals as we explore nearshore environments.

All Things Fishy Camp

Campers Ages: 11-12

July 25-28, 2016

Fees: $180

Investigate a variety of fish, their habitats, and fisheries research in this fun and fascinating camp.  Participants will tour HMSC research facilities and interact with a variety of fish experts.  Campers will learn how to collect fish using various techniques, conduct dissections to investigate questions, and design and run unique experiments. 

Water Wonders Camp - *FULL

Campers Ages: 8-10

August 1-4, 2016

Fees: $180

Discover the wondrous world of aquatic animals through fieldtrips, hands-on activities, and experiments in our wet labs.  Campers will investigate the power of water, and explore how organisms are adapted to life in a variety of freshwater and marine environments including creeks, estuaries, rocky shores and sandy beaches.

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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