Hands-on Summer Sea Camp

What are your kids doing during summer break? Kids love animals so why not enroll them in summer camp at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at the University of Southern Mississippi? Summer Dorcik, the Sea Camp Director, tells Cherish Lombard summer camps are for ages 6-18 and will be held at the Marine Education Center. Campers experience discovery through hands-on activities and live animal encounters in both the classroom and the field. Kids and teenagers will have the opportunity to get up-close with crab, fish, seine and sieve. They can also participate in a field trip appropriate for their age, such as exploring Front Beacha day at Ship Island, kayaking through Gulf Islands National Seashore on Davis Bayou or a boat tour of the Pascagoula River. 

Sea Camp is for kids ages 6 to 13. Everyone who goes to Sea Camp gets to explore the ocean from shallow beaches to the bottom of the sea! Learn about ocean zones and the organisms that live there through field experiences and hands-on activities. Camp dates are June 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, 23-27* and July: 7-11*, 14-18. *Sessions for 12 and 13 year olds only available on these dates. Cost for each age group is: 6-7 yrs: $210, 8-11 yrs: $235, 12-13 yrs: $275.

During Angler Camp, kids get the opportunity to work with biologists to gain the information and techniques to become a better sportsman. Learn where fish
live, how to land them and how to prepare your catch. Angler Camp is for kids ages 10 to 18. The camp is offered July 14-18 (10-13 yrs), and 21-25 (14-18 yrs). The cost is $400.

Campers 12 to 18 can go to “Shark Fest” camp! Encounter the ocean’s top predator, learn about shark biology and participate in research through trips to capture, tag and release sharks. Shark Fest is available June 2-6 (12-14 yrs), 9-13 (12-14 yrs); 16-20 (12-14 yrs), 23-27 (14-18 yrs); July: 7-11 (14-18 yrs). Cost of camp is $350 + $25 fuel charge.

Register for classes online at http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/mec. If you have questions, please call 228.818.8833, or email marine.education@usm.edu.

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
228.818.8833
http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/mec/sea.camp.php

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