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Campers spend 5 days immersed in marine habitats with a variety of hands-on activities!


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Day campers are introduced to important marine concepts, helped to build self-confidence and relationships with their peers, and involved in learning to care for our coasts and ocean.


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2018 Summer Camp Master Calendar

Day Camps

Camp SEA Lab’s summer camps offer the perfect combination of outdoor activity and intensive hands-on learning experiences that will engage you both physically and mentally. Former campers speak of perfecting their water sports skills in snorkeling, kayaking and surfing, while also finding themselves better prepared for science classes during the school year.

Camp SEA Lab day camp is a perfect opportunity for youth ages 8-13 to get a glimpse of the vast diversity that the ocean environment has to offer. Campers spend 5 days immersed in marine habitats with a variety of hands-on activities! Each day from 8:30am to 3:00pm, day campers can expect fun-filled days packed with exciting activities that introduce them to important marine concepts, help them to build self-confidence and relationships with their peers, and involve them in learning to care for our coasts and ocean.

Camp SEA Lab day programs vary by location and theme. Our camps utilize a wealth of resources throughout the central coast. From slough to sea, Camp SEA Lab partners with multiple marine organizations up and down the coast to provide the best possible program for our participants. Health and safety are always our primary concern, and each location is selected for our commitment to maintain a safe environment. Every camper receives a camp T-shirt free with tuition!

Day Camp Descriptions


Ocean Forest Odyssey

Ever wonder what mysteries lay beneath the ocean surface? Get an introduction to the fascinating world of magnificent kelp forests on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. From there, you will have the opportunity to explore this underwater world first-hand with mask and snorkel and by kayak, observing the diversity of life in the many nearshore habitats of Monterey Bay. Fish dissection and algae pressing will round out your study of kelp forest life. Campers must be able to swim.

Activities: snorkeling (2 days), boogie boarding, kayaking, algae pressing, fish dissection, visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and meet a researcher!

Location: Del Monte Beach @ Camino El Estero Ave, (note: daily shuttle from Salinas available for $50 fee)
Age: 10-13
Fee: $450

Registration limited to 24 campers
Staff to camper ratio is at least 1:6

Session 1: July 23-27
Session 2: August 6-10

Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm, daily

Register Registration Opens mid-December


Journey to the Sea

Join us on a voyage from the land to the sea, following the path of water as it makes its way to the Monterey Bay. Beginning near the top of local watersheds, we will wade in the Carmel River and travel around Elkhorn Slough Reserve, then venture to the sandy beach for surfing and studying sand crabs.  Later in the week, we will follow the flow and venture into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to investigate our bay and how human activities on land affect the animals that live within our coastal water. Campers must be able to swim.

Activities: hiking, surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, sand crab surveys, visits to the Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing Marine Labs, visit with a researcher/park ranger

Location: Del Monte Beach @ Camino El Estero Ave, Monterey (note: daily shuttle from Salinas available for $50 fee)
Age: 8-11
Fee: $450

Registration limited to 24 campers
Staff to camper ratio is at least 1:6

Session 1: June 25-29
Session 2: July 30 - Aug. 3

Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm, daily

Register Registration Opens mid-December


Marine Mammal Mania

So many marine mammals in Monterey Bay, so little time! Travel with us by foot, kayak, boat and boogie board to new spots along the shore to meet whales, seals, otters, and sea lions up close and personal. Each day will bring new opportunities to observe the lives of the marine mammals that make the Monterey Bay their home: learning whale identification skills from a boat; studying the survival skills of otters from kayaks; visiting Moss Landing Marine Lab’s sea lion; and surfing! Campers must be able to swim.

Activities: boat trip, surfing, kayaking, boogie boarding, coastal hiking, visits to the Elkhorn Slough and Moss Marine Labs, building sand sculptures

Location: Del Monte Beach @ Camino El Estero Ave, Monterey (note: daily shuttle from Salinas available for $50 fee)
Age: 8-11
Fee: $450

Registration limited to 24 campers
Staff to camper ratio is at least 1:6

Session 1: June 11-15
Session 2: July 9-13

Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm, daily

Register Registration Opens mid-December


Explore the Shore

Immerse yourself in the diverse and amazing habitats of Monterey Bay! Kayak over the kelp forest, trek along trails through coastal chaparral, roam the rocky intertidal at Pt. Lobos, “dig” the sandy beach, and snorkel over incredible nearshore habitats. Visit Moss Landing Marine Lab to learn how scientists study local ecosystems and animals. Each day brings new excitement and fun with friends in this introduction to the abundance of sea life that Monterey Bay has to offer. Campers must be able to swim.

Activities: kayaking, snorkeling, boogie boarding, coastal hiking, plankton studies, tidepooling, visits to Moss Landing Marine Labs, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, and Point Lobos

Location: Del Monte Beach @ Camino El Estero Ave, Monterey (note: daily shuttle from Salinas available for $50 fee)
Age: 8-11
Fee: $450

Registration limited to 24 campers
Staff to camper ratio is at least 1:6

Session 1: June 18-22
Session 2: July 16-20

Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm, daily

Register Registration Opens mid-December

 



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Camp SEA Lab offers limited transportation service from Salinas to aid families in getting their kids to and from camp each day.

Registration for the shuttle is on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee of $50 per week is required for this service and is non-refundable as of the Friday prior to the start of your camp week.

Please call our office at (831) 582-3681 for more details.

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