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Virtual Summer Camp for Marine Science – Camp Sea Quest

Join virtual summer camp with the largest marine mammal hospital in the world! Rising 5th – 8th graders will dive into marine science from home with at-home activities and behind-the-scenes virtual experiences. All materials will be sent to campers in advance.

About Camp Sea Quest 2020 – Now Virtual!

Interested in attending camp with the world's largest marine mammal hospital? We have transformed Camp Sea Quest to a virtual camp experience to support families during this time and be accessible from anywhere in the world!

This week-long marine science camp is designed to give upper elementary and middle school-age youth the chance to dive into marine science and ocean conservation from the comfort of their home. Through our interactive virtual community, campers will connect with one another as they discover the wonders of marine mammals near and far and learn how we are all connected to the ocean.

Each day will include a morning gathering, independent activities, discussions, and daily reflection. Campers will join counselors in the morning for an hour-long Sea Circle where they’ll have the opportunity to build relationships with peers and staff share their own knowledge and experiences, and explore together before diving deeper into the theme for the day independently.

To provide families fun and flexibility, campers will choose from a menu of science-based activities they can complete at home, as well as behind-the-scenes virtual experiences of the hospital and marine mammal habitats. Activities will include science experiments, crafts, monitoring animal behavior, and marine mammal identification that can be easily done at home with a few materials.

Counselors will be available throughout the day for support and discussions before an afternoon group closing when campers will review their findings and share reflections. Through our culture of creativity, curiosity, and caring, campers will be empowered to positively impact their communities and develop important leadership, team-building, communication and problem-solving skills.

All materials needed for camp will be common household items or will be sent ahead of time to each camper, including printed materials. Campers will need reliable internet connection for the group meetings and access to a computer or tablet throughout the camp day to complete the activities.

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Camp Sea Quest 2020 dives into the marine ecosystems that are vital to the health of our planet and the marine mammals we care for. Join us for a week where we will explore how our patients offer a unique window into these marine ecosystems and what we can do to conserve our shared ocean environment for future generations.

Sea Stewards
Rising 5th-6th Grade • July 13-17

Have you always wanted to discover the marine mammals of our planet? Marine mammals are found at The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital and all over the world. Once our patients are released back out to the wild, they rely on a healthy sea, lots of fish, and sandy beaches. Humans also depend on these resources so we must learn to share them with marine mammals. Come uncover solutions to conservation issues and find out what you can do to help marine mammals and their environments!


Registration Full. Check out our latest online learning resources for more at-home activities.

System Scientists
Rising 7th-8th Grade • July 27-31

Do you want to discover how marine mammals thrive in the watery world they call home? Our patients have unique adaptations for their environment that also make them sensitive to change, so they are great indicators of shifts in ocean health. Humans rely on the sea in many ways, so understanding ocean well-being is important for us, marine mammals, and the ocean itself. Come become an expert on our patients' adaptations, the importance of ecosystem biodiversity, and ways to maintain the health of our ocean!

Registration Full. Check out our latest online learning resources for more at-home activities.

Virtual Marine Science Summer Camp Details
  • Cost: $125/week for members, $175/week for non-members. Price includes all required materials pre-mailed to each camper, a camp souvenir, and all virtual camp activities and supporting facilitation
  • To receive the camp package that includes the souvenir and activity materials, please register for Sea Stewards by June 20th, and for System Scientists by July 4th. If registration occurs after this date, we will provide the list of supplies needed for the week of camp.
  • We will meet with campers virtually from 10:30am-11:30am PST, then campers will work on activities before meeting again at 3:00pm-3:30pm PST to conclude their day of camp. Campers will have a series of activity options that can be completed in one to three hours depending on camper’s schedules, interests, and lunch. Flexible support will also be provided throughout the day.
  • Caregiver check-ins will be scheduled prior to the start of camp and can be scheduled over the phone or used as a technology test.
  • Scholarships are available. Questions? Contact our education programs assistant at 415-289-7330 or email camp@tmmc.org.
Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Q: What will campers do all day?
    A: There will be a virtual meeting every morning for an hour where they will learn about the theme for the day and their activity options. Campers will then have time to complete one of the three activities. They can choose to do one, two or all three! We will conclude each day with a half hour review of what they learned.
  • Q: Will my child be supervised while they complete their camp activities?
    A: Staff will not supervise campers as they complete their activities. Activities are designed to be done independently or with a helper such as a sibling, parent, or caregiver. Staff will be available online and by phone throughout the day to answer questions or have discussions with campers.
  • Q: Will camp require computer or internet access? How about a printer?
    A: Camp will require reliable computer or tablet access throughout the day. Internet access is crucial for the morning and afternoon Sea Circle. Some activities will require the internet, while others will not.
  • Q: What kind of space will children need for camp?
    A: We hope campers can find a place that is quiet and comfortable. Some activities will give students the opportunity to explore outside, if they choose!
  • Q: How many activities will campers do a day?
    A: Choose your own adventure is our motto! We will provide campers with three activity choices every morning and ask that they do one, however they have the choice to do two or all three. Activities are a combination of online and offline experiences.
  • Q: Will there be opportunities for campers to make friends?
    A: Camp Sea Quest has always been a space where campers can share their similar interests especially their love for marine science and ocean conservation. We are designing camp to ensure that campers can still connect with one another under staff supervision.
  • Q: Can helpers such as parents, caregivers, or siblings join Sea Circle?
    A: Sea Circle is a time for campers to bond in meaningful ways, so we respectfully request that caregivers and helpers refrain from participating but are more than welcome to watch. Instructions for caregiver support with flexible options for different care and to support different circumstances will be provided.
  • Q: What happens if my child is late to Sea Circle or misses it altogether due to technical issues?
    A: Technical issues happen at the worst times and are always a bummer! We will work one on one with your camper to make sure that they get caught up on what was covered.
  • Q: What kinds of supplies will I need to buy if I register after the deadline for the materials package?
    A: We are doing our best to plan activities with supplies that are commonly found around the home. This may include things like yarn, a clipboard, paper, pens, or clean recyclables. We’ll be in communication with you if you register after the materials deadlines to ensure you have what you need for your camper to have a great time!
  • Q: What grade do I sign my child up for?
    A: You must sign your child up according to the grade level they will be entering in the 2020-2021 academic year. Activities are based on Next Generation Science Standards for the specific grade levels and age appropriate social interaction is an important part of camp; therefore, we do not permit campers to register for a session outside of their grade level. For questions or concerns, please email camp@tmmc.org.
  • Q: The camp week I’m interested in is sold out, what can I do?
    A: Sign up for email to be alerted when the next year of camp goes on sale. You’ll also get patient updates, event announcements and opportunities to help save marine mammals delivered right to your inbox.
  • Q: Can you tell me if my child’s friend has already signed up for camp?
    A: Privacy laws do not allow us to share that information.
  • Q: What is the camper to adult ratio?
    A: We maintain a familial environment with a cap of 20 campers per session. Two camp counselors from the Center’s staff lead each session, with additional support from other Center staff members and Youth Crew volunteers.
  • Q: How much does it cost?
    A: The price for each week is $125 for members and $175 for non-members. Price includes all required materials pre-mailed to each camper, a camp souvenir, and all virtual camp activities and supporting facilitation.
  • Q: Can I become a member when I sign up for camp?
    A: If you would like to become a member before camp starts you may join online.
  • Q: Do you have scholarships available?
    A: Yes, we offer a lottery for full and partial, first come, first served scholarships for Camp Sea Quest. You can request a scholarship application and learn more about scholarship opportunities by emailing our education team at camp@tmmc.org.
  • Q: How are you considering privacy and safety in an online environment?
    A: Only those registered for camp may access the platform where camp assignments and discussions will take place. All video meetings will be password protected, and all posts must be approved by camp staff prior to becoming viewable by campers. In addition, all communication between campers will be under staff supervision.
 

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