- Week-long: Sunday through Thursday
- Ages 10–16
- Based at the dorms at California State University Monterey Bay
- Kayaking every week with a different watersport offered by week—snorkeling or surfing
- Registration limited to 30 campers
- Staff to camper ratio as low as 1:6
- Campers must be able to swim
- Session fees cover housing, all meals, activities, transportation to sites, and a t-shirt
- Registration opens mid-December
Curious Creatures of the Bay
Cephalopods, sharks, and jellies, oh my -- join us for a week of thrilling animal adventures with like-minded lovers of bizarre biological curiosities! Spend each day learning about the unique adaptations of the more unusual animals that inhabit Monterey Bay, comparing at least two species through guided dissections. Observe otter lifestyles at the Elkhorn Slough, snorkel among camouflaged kelp forest creatures, stroke a shark at the Seymour Discovery Center in Santa Cruz, sneak a closer peek at cephalopods and other fantastic denizens of the deep. Campers must be able to swim.
Activities include: Snorkeling, kayaking, marine mammal studies, adaptation exploration, dissection (x2), visits to the Elkhorn Slough & Seymour Discovery Center at UCSC.
- Session 1: June 9-13, 2019
- Session 2: June 30 - July 4, 2019
Girls Love Science
Only one week this summer! Tour Monterey Bay and hang with new Girlfriends while getting introduced to the contributions that women make in the field of marine science. This field-oriented, hands-on program will investigate a variety of marine ecosystems and the research going on there, including sandy beaches, Elkhorn Slough, and the kelp forest. Meet women researchers, scientific illustrators, and fellow ocean-lovers along the way as we surf, kayak, try out illustration, participate in dissection, and explore together! Campers must be able to swim.
Activities Include: surfing, kayaking, tidepool exploration, coastal hiking, introduction to science illustration, dissection, visit to the Elkhorn Slough Reserve and Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Session 1: July 7-11, 2019
Kelp Forest Quest
Take a deeper look into the fascinating world of kelp forests, home to thousands of animals that rely upon the kelp for food, shelter, and survival, and learn to record your observations and insights about what you see in a scientific journal. Start with a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and then gear up with a mask and snorkel to explore the diversity of life found beneath the canopy of the kelp! Hike along the coast and enjoy the rhythmic swaying of the kelp canopies in the waves. Grab a paddle and a partner and hop on board a kayak to observe sea otters - the kings of the kelp forest. Campers must be able to swim.
Activities include: Snorkeling, kayaking the kelp forest, boogie-boarding, fish dissection, plankton studies, algae pressing, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, science journaling
- Session 1: June 23-27, 2019
- Session 2: July 21-25, 2019
Keepers of the Coast
Love the ocean? Explore how to live out your passion for the ocean through recreation, volunteer work, or career options. Surf, kayak and tour research centers around the bay including both the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to learn about different research efforts and careers. Experience doing “citizen science” as we conduct tidepool-monitoring projects and set sail to explore the bay. This field-oriented, life-changing experience will provide you with the information you need to take personal action focused on ocean conservation. Teens must be able to swim.
Activities include: Sunset kayaking, tidepool monitoring, surfing, boat trip, visits to Monterey Bay Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, meeting with conservation researchers and advocates
- Session 1: June 16-20, 2019
- Session 2: July 14-18, 2019