Marine Science Day Camp

***Due to the continued COVID-19 circumstances, NJSGC is planning for both in-person and virtual marine science day camp offerings for Summer 2021. Please click HERE for more information, or contact NJSGC’s Camp Coordinator Rosemary Higgins.


Marine Science Day Camp at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium offers “hands-on” science learning for children interested in the ocean and marine life. Camp is held on Sandy Hook and combines outdoor explorations of the beach and bay with laboratory experiments and fun, educational games and crafts. Instructor to camper ratio is 1 to 6. Choose from the five sessions listed below. Please note sessions are geared towards specific grade levels.
For 3rd and 4th graders (as of Sept. 2020)
Session 1: July 6-9
Session Time: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tuition: $240.00
Introduce your child to the excitement of the ocean and launch a lifelong interest in science during this session developed especially for younger students. The week includes laboratory investigations, arts and crafts and games. Campers will get a close-up look at many of Sandy Hook’s exciting marine creatures including horseshoe crabs, fish and turtles. A portion of each day will be spent outdoors exploring Sandy Hook’s bay and beach environments with a special emphasis on care and appreciation of the natural world.

For 4th, 5th, and 6th graders (as of Sept. 2020)
Session 2: July 13-17  Oceanography Week
Session Time: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuition: $300.00
Oceanography Week provides opportunities to explore new topics, concepts and experiments not covered during our other weeks of camp. A portion of each day will be spent outdoors exploring Sandy Hook’s bay and beach environments with follow-up activities conducted in NJSGC’s Sandy Hook classroom. This week is also for campers wishing to participate in a second week of camp or for sibling campers wishing to attend camp together.

For 7th and 8th graders (as of Sept. 2020)
Session 3: July 20-24
Session Time: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuition: $300.00
Geared toward older or experienced campers, these sessions feature an in-depth study of the science of Sandy Hook. Using the authentic tools of the research scientist, campers become marine biologists for the week, gathering data about New Jersey’s coastal environment. “Hands-on” activities include animal investigations, dissections, marine habitat comparisons and water quality monitoring. Through direct observation and increased understanding, campers will expand their appreciation of the environment and learn many ways to protect it for future generations.

For 5th and 6th graders (as of Sept. 2020)
Session 4: July 27-August 3
Session Time: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuition: $300.00
During these sessions, campers explore Sandy Hook as scientists, historians and artists. Throughout the week each camper will discover the science of the sea by exploring Sandy Hook’s marine habitats and learn to become stewards of these precious environments. “Hands-on” activities include seining, sieving, plant and animal identification, microscopic investigations, sand sampling, shell collecting and seashore crafts. These sessions also include guided tours of Fort Hancock’s historic sites and the Sandy Hook Lighthouse.

For 7th, 8th, and 9th graders (as of Sept. 2020)
Session 5: August 3-7  Using Robotics in Ocean Exploration
Session Time: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuition: $300.00
Join NJSGC educators during this week-long program that explores how scientists use certain types of advanced technology to make exciting discoveries about our ocean. Campers will use STEM skills to increase their understanding of marine and coastal sciences and will be challenged to use their best engineering and teamwork skills through hands-on, student-centered experiences both outdoors and in our classroom.  The highlight of the week will have teams building, testing, and competing remotely-operated underwater vehicles of their own design.