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Our Mission

Camp SEA Lab fosters lifelong excitement, scientific understanding, and stewardship of our coasts and ocean.

"I guess it all started during my 7th grade summer camp for Marine Biology, It really opened my eyes on how we can live in our environment and be more sustainable in everyday lives. Ever since then I loved any opportunity where sustainability and marine biology interact. And now I can educate students and spark another person's passion, it doesn’t have to be a big life decision like me either, it could be a small step." -- Vanessa Orozco, Camp SEA Lab alumna and Oakes College Student Sustainability Advisor, UCSC

Our Programs

Campers Kayaking

Summer Camps

Summer Update: We have had to make the difficult decision to suspend our summer programming for 2020. See our Summer Overview page for more details and resources.

  • Week-long day, overnight, and sailing adventures
  • Day camps (ages 8–13) based at Del Monte Beach in Monterey, CA
  • Overnight camps (ages 10–16) based at CSUMB dorms
  • Sailing adventures (ages 13–17) leave from either Sausalito or Monterey for five-day cruises
  • Watersports (snorkeling, surfing, kayaking) enriched with marine science activities and field trips
  • Early June to mid-August
Students dissecting a squid

Outdoor School

  • Three-day, two-night residential program at our sites in Aptos/Seascape, CA
  • Day programs at Asilomar Beach or Elkhorn Slough
  • Grades 4–8
  • NGSS activities such as sand crab monitoring, plankton labs, and squid dissections
  • Additional activities may include kayaking, coastal exploration, and campfires on the beach
  • Fall (September–November) and Spring Seasons (February–May)

"Our daughters really enjoyed their week at camp and are excited about signing up next summer for the week of Girls Love Science. Might it be possible to know the dates of camp so that we can be sure to reserve that week next year? It was an outstanding camp experience for both daughters. Many thanks to the organizers and staff!" --- 2019 parent

"Surfing was a big hit... my daughter was able, with the patient instruction of the counselors, to stand up by the end of the day. With a smaller camp size, my daughter made some great friends who are all trying to reunite at Camp SEA Lab next year!"

Our History

In 1997, a group of local teachers, scientists and resource managers from marine science and education organizations around Monterey Bay came together to fill a perceived need for marine science education in our schools. They developed a plan for a residential marine science program to capitalize on the unique natural and institutional resources of our region.

This vision was supported by broad-based local advocacy and seed funding from the Packard Foundation, California Sea Grant and the California Coastal Commission. With this community-driven vision, dedicated partnerships and unique collaborations, Camp SEA Lab was born and offered its first one-week pilot camp in the summer of 2000.

Today, Camp SEA Lab operates under the auspices of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) as a part of the School of Natural Sciences, and has close partnerships with local science institutions. Camp SEA Lab is additionally supported by the Friends of Camp SEA Lab, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization comprised of a Board from the local community and collaborating institutions. From the first program of 35 campers, we have grown to annually serving 3000 youth locally through both outdoor school and summer camp programs.

Program Affiliates

  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Kayak Connection
  • Sea Harvest
  • Elkhorn Slough Foundation
  • Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
  • Moss Landing Marine Labs
  • Monterey Bay Kayaks
  • Hopkins Marine Station
  • Seymour Discovery Center
  • Call of the SEA
  • O'Neill Sea Odyssey
  • The Marine Mammal Center
  • Mother Nature's Temple
  • Wishbone Foundation
  • Monterey County Office of Education
  • California State Parks
  • S.L.E.W.T.H.S.
  • NOAA
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Camp SEA Lab

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