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Summer Day Camps

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.

Our schedule for 2014 Summer day camps is now available below.  Registration will begin on January 6th.


Day Camp FAQ

Campers exploring tidepools

  • 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



Register for Day Camp - Registration for summer 2015 camps will begin January 12, 2015.


*To be added to a wait list for a full camp please click on the "register" link above and proceed as normal.  You will receive notification if space becomes available.


Summer 2014 Daycamps

Aquarium Science Camp

Campers Ages: 15-18
July 13-16, 2015


Discover the field of Aquarium Science by setting up aquaria and exploring different coastal habitats collecting animals for exhibits. Help our animal husbandry staff feed and care for fish and invertebrates and take a tour of the Oregon Hatchery Research Center to see how the staff care for fish in a unique setting.

Ocean Engineering Camp

Campers Ages: 13-14
July 20-23, 2013


Learn about marine technology and the wide range of uses by ocean researchers. Design, build and test engineering devices to complete real life missions. Campers will build light traps for collecting plankton and ROVs to see what lies beneath the surface. We will hear from researchers on wave energy and try our hand at building the most efficient wave energy device.

Animal Adaptations Camp

Campers Ages: 11-12
July 27-30, 2015


Discover the wondrous world of marine animals through fieldtrips, dissections, interactions with researchers and other hands-on activities. Campers will explore life in the wide range of habitats along the Oregon Coast, investigating how animals are adapted to these unique environments. 

Habitat Hunt Camp

Campers Ages:  8-10
August 3-6, 2015


Campers will explore the coastal forest, rocky shores, sandy beach and estuary habitats that make the Oregon Coast unique. Discover the diversity of marine life in each habitat and the special adaptations organisms have that help them thrive. What makes the habitats similar or different? How are they connected? Join us to see for yourself!


Campers from Summer 2011


Day Camp FAQ

Photos from past camps

Registration for 2015 Summer Day Camps will open January 2015:  Register for Day Camp

Pre-registration is required, and we do not accept walk-ins.  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.  Sorry, no refunds. 



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

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