Marine Science Day Camp 2024

Marine Science Day Camp at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) offers science lessons for children interested in learning about the ocean and marine life. Summer 2024 offers 5-weeks of in-person sessions for 3rd-9th graders with specific age groups each week, listed below.

Held in Fort Hancock Historic District of Gateway National Recreation Area – Sandy Hook, camp weeks are filled with outdoor explorations of the ocean beach and bay using scientific methods, observation of live animals, and laboratory experiments together with fun, educational games and crafts. Instructor-to-camper ratio is 1:6. Sessions are limited to 30 campers each week.

NJSGC will be adhering to all New Jersey Department of Health Guidelines to maintain health and safety for all camp participants.

Session 1: July 8-12 Sea Creatures of the Jersey Shore

For 3rd, 4th, 5th graders (as of September 2024)

Session Time:  Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Tuition:  $350.00

Introduce your child to the excitement of the local sea creatures and help them expand their appreciation of all living things including plants, animals, and habitats and local history. Shell collecting, animal identification and anatomy, sand science, saving energy and recycling with follow up experiments and crafts are sure to increase their love of the shore.

Session 2: July 15-19 Ocean Exploration

For 6th, 7th, 8th graders (as of September 2024)

Session Time:  Monday –Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Tuition:  $350.00

Campers explore how scientists make exciting discoveries by using STEM skills to increase their understanding of ocean sciences. They will be challenged to use science and engineering through hands-on experiences and projects that solve problems in buoyancy, hydrodynamics, and experimental design.  Participants will be encouraged to observe the marine environment as explorers and make their own discoveries of the biological, chemical, physical, and geological aspects of Sandy Hook.

Session 3: July 22-26 The Science of Sandy Hook

For 4th, 5th ,6th graders (as of September 2024)

Session Time:  Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Tuition:  $350.00

Campers become marine scientists as they are guided through in-depth studies of Sandy Hook’s coastal environment. Through direct observation and data collection and analysis, campers will draw conclusions and construct solutions, as they earn ways to protect the ocean for future generations.

Session 4: July 29- August 2 Introduction to Oceanography 

For 7th, 8th, 9th graders (as of September 2024)

Session Time:  Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Tuition:  $350.00

There will be plenty of opportunities to explore ocean concepts and experiments in detail including the geographical location of Sandy Hook and its importance to our area. Activities include animal investigation, marine habitat comparison and water quality monitoring. Campers explore Sandy Hook’s Bay and beach environments each day.

Session 5: August 5 – 9 Coastal Ecosystems and Crafts *New in 2024*    

For 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th graders

Session Time:  Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Tuition:  $350.00

This session explores the coastal ecosystems of the Jersey Shore with an artist’s eye. Campers will turn shells, trash and beach finds into treasures as they learn about our coast and local sea creatures. Participants will spend a portion of their day outdoors exploring and collecting artifacts for use in their marine science-related arts and crafts.

To register for Marine Science Day Camp contact Rosemary Higgins, College and Special Programs Coordinator, by email at [email protected] to reserve your spot and receive your camp code necessary for registration.


Refunds will be given up until July 1 minus a $50.00 processing fee.  After July 1 all camp fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. There will be no refunds issued from missed days or early departures. Please contact Rosemary Higgins by email at [email protected] for more information. Are you experiencing financial hardship? In an effort to get every child outdoors, a limited number of scholarships are available to cover camp costs for campers in grades 3-5 thanks to a generous grant from the National Park Foundation.