SUMMER CAMPS

Thanks to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, the Bodenwein Public Benevolent FoundationEversource Energy, and the Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts for partnering with Project Oceanology to provide summer camp experiences to children of essential workers, families financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis or other financial hardship. Essential workers (as defined by Gov. Lamont's updated list as of June 30, 2020) and families financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis or other financial hardship may apply below.


Tuition Assistance Application 

Check out the video below for what you need to know for summer camp this year!

More information can be found in our Summer Camp FAQ.

Project Oceanology’s policy regarding the current travel advisory set forth by the State of CT:

We feel very fortunate to be able to offer summer day camp programs this year considering the pandemic crisis upon us.  Team Project O has worked tirelessly to establish and maintain the safest and best practices for our camps and we are proud of that effort.  As the CDC and the State of CT guidelines change to react to this crisis, our focus remains consistent:  Continue to make the safest and best choices for our camp environment.  In keeping with that protocol, campers from the high risk states listed on the CT Travel Advisory will have to forgo camp at Project O this year.  Please check the CT Travel Advisory website before registering your camper as it is updated as soon as a change occurs.  While this new policy goes beyond the state requirement of a 14 day self quarantine, this decision is recommended and supported by our camp physician of record and is simply the right decision for our camps. 

If you have any questions regarding this policy or any other requirements to attend camp at Project O, please email us at projecto@oceanology.org or call us M - F, 8:30 - 4:30pm at 800.364.4872

DAY CAMPS

OCEAN DAY CAMP

Cruise the waters of Long Island Sound as you make new friends, conduct ocean science research, and have fun! Every day campers will climb aboard our boats; either our research vessel EnviroLab to deploy the trawl net, or our small boats to explore local salt marshes and sandy beaches. Campers will also study and investigate rocky intertidal zones and nearshore marine life.  Under the guidance of professional marine scientists, campers will use oceanographic research equipment such as sediment corers, salinity meters, nutrient test kits, dissolved oxygen meters, otter trawls, and seine nets.  Team-building and leadership activities will be woven into daily life as you forge lifelong friendships with your fellow campers and explore Long Island Sound! Each day consists of ample time outdoors working from an outdoor classroom space, the shore, and aboard our boats.  Campers will enjoy their bag lunch outside daily, as long as weather permits. 

2020 Schedule

(Maximum of 10 campers per session)

 

Duration: 1 Week Day Camp (Monday - Friday)

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 5 - 12

Cost: $500 (Discounts: Military $50; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling 10%)

Time: 8:45am - 4:15pm

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

June 22 - June 26 (Grades 9 - 12)

June 29 - July 3 (Grades 5 - 8)

July 6 - July 10 (Grades 7 - 9)

July 13 - July 17 (Grades 7 - 9)

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7

Session 8

July 20 - July 24 (Grades 9 - 12)

July 27 - July 31 (Grades 5 - 8)

August 3 - August 7 (Grades 5 - 8)

August 10 - August 14 (Grades 7 - 9)

 

MARINE SCIENCE RESEARCH DAY CAMP

Are you interested in a career in marine science?  Project Oceanology’s Marine Science Research Experience is a unique opportunity for students to participate in authentic science by designing and conducting their own independent research projects.  Under the mentorship of professional marine scientists, students will learn how to use a wide range of oceanographic research equipment and techniques aboard boats, on the shore, and in our waterfront marine laboratories.  Students and staff in this program become a close-knit community of scientists and forge lifelong connections as they design, conduct, and troubleshoot their experiments, and analyze and communicate their results.  Each day consists of ample time outdoors working from an outdoor classroom space, the shore, and aboard our boats.  Campers will eat their bag lunch outside each day, as long as weather permits.   At the end of the program, students will present their findings in an online poster presentation or symposium to their families, mentors, and peers.

2020 Schedule

(Maximum of 10 campers per session)

Duration: 1 Week Day Camp (Monday - Friday)

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 7 - 12

Cost: $500 (Discounts: Military $50; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling 10%)

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Session 1

Session 2

June 29 - July 3 (Grades 7 - 12)

August 3 - August 7 (Grades 9 - 12)

 

OCEAN EXPLORER ACADEMY

Explore Long Island Sound’s rocky shores, salt marshes, barrier beaches, and more! Discover the vital role habitats play in our coastal ecosystems by using scientific instruments such as trawl nets, seine nets, plankton nets, and water chemistry kits.  Back at Project Oceanology, we’ll reinforce what we have learned through games, art projects, and scientific experiments. ​

All themed weeks consist of time aboard one of our research vessels and our fleet of Carolina skiffs. Campers will set plankton and trawl nets to explore the biodiversity living in Long Island Sound and sample the water quality in the estuary. Each day consists of ample time outdoors working from an outdoor classroom space, the shore and aboard our boats.  Campers will enjoy their bag lunch outside daily, as long as weather permits. 

2020 Schedule

(Maximum of 10 campers per session)

Duration: 1 Week Day Camp (Monday - Friday)

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 5 - 7

Cost: $475 (Discounts: Military $50; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling 10%)

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Hidden Habitat

Squish through the salt marsh, climb on the rocky shore, and comb through the beach as you explore a different habitat each day!

 

Animal Adaptation

Campers will collect and observe animals from Long Island Sound and discover how they are adapted to find food and protect themselves from predators!

 

Eco Engineers

Campers will look to nature for inspiration as they search for solutions to engineering challenges. Campers will design their own wind turbine and try their hand at operating a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV).

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

June 22 - June 26 (Hidden Habitat)

July 6 - July 10 (Animal Adaptation)

July 13 - July 17 (Eco Engineers)

August 10 - August 14 (Eco Engineers)

 

UNDERSEA TECHNOLOGY CAMP

Dive into the technology of ocean exploration! Investigate the brackish environment of Long Island Sound using marine technology to collect samples of plankton and algae, map the ocean floor, track currents, measure temperature and salinity at depth, and locate objects hidden beneath the waves. Campers will collaborate to design and build SeaPerch ROVs. Teams will tackle daily challenges related to real-world marine engineering problems. Navigate through an ROV obstacle course, clean up a simulated polluted waterway, observe bottom-dwelling organisms, and more at SeaTech camp! Each day consists of ample time outdoors working from an outdoor classroom space, the shore, and aboard our boats.  Campers will eat their bag lunch outside each day, as long as weather permits.

Duration: 1 Week Day Camp (Monday - Friday)

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 6 - 12

Cost: $500 (Discounts: Military $50; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling 10%)

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm

2020 Schedule

(Maximum of 10 campers per session)

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

June 22 - June 26 (Grades 6 - 9)

July 20 - July 24 (Grades 6 - 9)

July 27 - July 31 (Grades 9 - 12)

SUMMER CAMP AT HOME

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AT HOME

Are you interested in a career in science?  Project Oceanology’s Research Experience from Home is a unique opportunity for students to participate in authentic scientific research experiences by designing and conducting their own outdoor research projects - all from their own neighborhood!  Staff and students will build a close-knit virtual community and forge connections as they design, conduct, and troubleshoot experiments, and analyze and communicate their results.  We’ll provide one-on-one and small group mentorship, and work with you to make sure your project is fun, interesting, and relevant.  Project O will send materials and scientific equipment to you by mail, and we’ll take advantage of our geography to compare findings between hometowns.  The experience will include a live 1.5-hour meeting each day for activities, discussion, and sharing, plus independent research work and small group meetings with Project O mentors.

Duration: 2 Week Virtual Camp

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 7 - 12

Cost: $325 (Discounts: Military $25; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling 10%)

Time: Google Meet Live 1:30pm - 3:00pm daily

           plus independent project time

2020 Schedule

(Maximum of 12 campers per session)

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

June 22 - July 3

July 6 - July 17

July 20 - July 31

Please Note: Project O will be sending materials and science equipment to campers by mail. Delivery time varies by location so please allow plenty of time to ensure materials arrive prior to camp. Please email us at projecto@oceanology.org if you have questions prior to registering.

EXPLORER ACADEMY AT HOME

Explore Long Island Sound from your home, through a series of fun, engaging, hands-on activities!  You’ll receive a box of supplies at the beginning of the week and then meet live with our educators in google classroom for 1.5 hours as they lead you through a series of scientific experiments, explorations, craft projects, and games.  Includes follow-up activities that can be done in your backyard or your kitchen. This camp is designed to be entertaining and interactive - we hope you join us on this adventure!

Duration: 1 Week Virtual Camp

Ages: Campers Entering Grades 3 - 6

Cost: $150 (Discounts: Military $25; Multi-Session & Multi-Sibling 10%)

Time: Google Meet Live 10:00am - 11:30am daily

2020 Schedule

(Maximum of 12 campers per session)

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

June 22 - June 26

June 29 - July 3

July 6 - July 10

July 13 - July 17

July 20 - July 24

Please Note: Project O will be sending materials and science equipment to campers by mail. Delivery time varies by location so please allow plenty of time to ensure materials arrive prior to camp. Please email us at projecto@oceanology.org if you have questions prior to registering.

 

CAMP DOCUMENTS

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