Marine Science Day Camp for 2021

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 2021 brings 2 exciting formats: choose from a 1-week virtual interaction offering or 3-weeks of in-person sessions for specific grades, listed below.

Held on Sandy Hook, in-person camp weeks are filled with outdoor explorations of the ocean beach and Sandy Hook Bay using scientific methods and laboratory experiments together with fun, educational games and crafts. Instructor-to-camper ratio is 1:6. In-person weeks are limited to 24 campers total. Each camp cohort will be divided into 2 groups of 12 children that will be together all week, overseen by 2 Camp Instructors per group. Please note that each session is geared towards specific grade levels.

NJSGC will be adhering to all New Jersey Department of Health Guidelines to maintain health and safety for in-person camp weeks.


For 3rd, 4th, 5th graders (as of September 2021)
Session 1: July 12-16 The Science of Sandy Hook In-person Camp
Session Time:  Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 12:00pm
Tuition:  $250.00
This session features an in-depth study of the science of Sandy Hook. Using authentic tools of research scientists, campers become marine biologists 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.

For 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th graders (as of September 2021)
Session 2: July 19-23 Sea Creatures of the Jersey Shore Virtual Camp
Session Time:  Monday –Friday, 10:30 a.m. — 11:30am
Tuition:  $85.00
Back by popular demand — Join NJSGC for our 1-week offering of Virtual Marine Science Day Camp!  This daily alternative to our in-person sessions utilizes fun, interactive 60-minute Zoom sessions led by NJSGC Education staff with a focus on ocean sciences that are sure to engage and excite your child while staying safe. Virtual camp week depends on your child’s grade level as of September 2021. You can join camp by computer, laptop or tablet from wherever you are!  This week of virtual interaction includes Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box, an engaging collection of experiments and activities that your child can enjoy while at home or on vacation. Camp-in-a-Box is filled with the supplies needed to complete activities and investigations such as building animal models, investigating beach sand, examining the effects on climate change on marine organisms, and exploring animal habitats.  Order deadline is Friday June 25th when registering for Virtual Marine Science Camp to allows sufficient shipping time for Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box.

For 5th, 6th, 7th graders (as of September 2021)
Session 3: July 26-30 Coastal Ecosystems of Sandy Hook In-person Camp
Session Time:  Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Tuition:  $250.00
This week will focus on learning about the estuaries, maritime forests, and barrier beaches established at Sandy Hook. The importance of the plants and animals of the coastal plain will be explored, as well as how human interactions with these environments can both positively and negatively impact them.

For 6th, 7th and 8th graders (as of Sept. 2021)
Session 4: August 2-6 Introduction to Oceanography In-person Camp
Session Time:  Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Tuition:  $250.00
Introduce your child to the excitement of the ocean and launch a lifelong interest in science during this session. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore ocean concepts and
experiments in more detail including the geographical location of Sandy Hook and its importance to our area.


Taking a road trip this summer?  Spending a day at the beach?  Or just enjoying time at home?  Then treat your family to Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box, a fun-filled kit of activities and investigations that is sure to keep them engaged (and learning!) wherever they are!   Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box comes complete with all of the supplies needed to build marine animal models, investigate beach sand, explore coastal habitats and much more.  All Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box orders will be shipped via USPS to your location. FEE: $65.00


To register for Marine Science Day Camp or to order your Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box Camp, contact Rosemary Higgins, College and Special Programs Coordinator, by email at to reserve your spot.



All fees for Session 2 (virtual camp) and for Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box are NON-REFUNDABLE.  For Sessions 1, 3 & 4 (in-person camp), 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 form missed days or early departures. There is an updated COVID refund policy for this year. Please contact Rosemary Higgins by email at for more information.