Outdoor School Program Overview

We enjoyed the program so much , we hope to find a way to extend and build this into our permanent program! Our school recently reopened as a PBL/STEAM program, and we are seeking out these "out of the box" engaging experiences that set us apart from the status quo, and your program does exactly that.” -- Teacher from Washington Elementary, Sacramento

Camp SEA Lab’s goal is to provide hands-on marine science opportunities for students that encourage deeper understanding of our coasts and ocean. Our programs seek to both stimulate student interest in science and teach the importance of caring for the marine environment. To achieve this goal, our programs apply scientific practices of the Next Generation Science Standards while following the Framework for K-12 Science Education and NOAA’s Ocean Literacy Principles.

Residential Outdoor School Programs

  • Grades 5–8
  • Three-day, two-night programs
  • 2 Locations with immediate beach access:
  • Meals: Camp SEA Lab provides well-balanced, nutritious, kid-friendly meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks during each full day of program. We make every effort to provide for students and teachers with special dietary needs (i.e. food allergies). Schools should bring sack lunches the first day.
  • Hands-on inquiry-based activities that support NGSS standards—availability dependent on location, timing, tides, and teacher choice. See link below for detailed list.
  • Cost: please call to find out current cost per student. Chaperones and aides attend at a reduced rate and teachers are free.
  • Schools arrange transportation, chaperones (1 per ten students), teachers (1 teacher per 30 students), and sack lunches on the first day.
microscope lab
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Day Outdoor School Programs

  • Grades 3–8
  • Times: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Locations:
    • Asilomar, Pacific Grove
    • Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve
  • Hands-on inquiry-based activities dependent on location, timing, tides, and teacher choice: tidepooling, sandy beach explorations, marine mammal studies, sand crab monitoring, plankton studies, nature hikes
  • Cost: please call to find out current cost per class.
  • Schools arrange transportation, chaperones (1 per ten students and 1 teacher per 30 students), and lunches
  • To schedule a program, please complete the online School Program Request
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Student hiking

School Program Info Request