Marine Science Day Camp for 2023

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 2023 offers 4-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 10-14 Sea Creatures of the Jersey Shore

For 3rd, 4th, 5th graders (as of September 2023)

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 that call NJ home. Campers will expand their appreciation of all living things including plants, animals, and habitats including anatomy and morphology of marine creatures and local history. Shell collecting, animal ID, saving energy and recycling with follow up experiments and crafts are sure to increase their love of the shore during this camp week.

Session 2: July 17-21 Ocean Exploration

For 6th, 7th, 8th graders (as of September 2023)

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

Tuition:  $350.00

This week explores how scientists use technology to make exciting discoveries about our ocean. Campers will use STEM skills to increase their understanding of marine and coastal sciences. They will be challenged to use their best engineering and teamwork skills through hands-on experiences outdoors and in the classroom. Campers build, test, and complete underwater robots of their own design by the end of the week.

Session 3: July 24-28 The Science of Sandy Hook

For 4th, 5th ,6th graders (as of September 2023)

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

Tuition:  $350.00

This session features an in-depth study of the science of Sandy Hook. Using authentic tools of research scientists, campers become marine scientists for the week as they gather data about Sandy Hook’s coastal environment. Through direct observation and increased understanding, campers will expand their appreciation of this environment and learn many ways to protect it for future generations.

Session 4: July 31- August 4th Introduction to Oceanography 

For 7th, 8th, 9th graders (as of Sept. 2023)

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

Tuition:  $350.00

Opportunities to explore ocean concepts and experiments such as geographical location of Sandy Hook and its importance to our area will be covered in this program. Activities include animal investigation, marine habitat comparison and water quality monitoring lessons. Campers explore Sandy Hook’s bay and beach environments each day with supporting experiments and activities in the classroom.

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.