July 27 @ 9:00 am – July 31 @ 4:00 pm
This Summer, children can explore the wonders of the coast with the federation’s Coastal Discovery Summer Camp enrichment programs. Campers will take part in hands-on activities to learn about coastal environments and wildlife. They will go on several expeditions and connect with local scientists and professionals to explore the disciplines of coastal science and management. Each week, campers will also participate in a service learning project to protect local waterways and work to earn their Jr. Ranger Certification at Hammocks Beach State Park.
Shoreline Explorers will get their feet wet while learning about wetland habitats and wildlife through hands-on activities in local creeks, sounds, and rivers. They will become scientists who test the waters’ health and study coastal ecology.
Shoreline Explorers activities for rising 7th– 9th grade campers include:
- Traveling to Jones Island to study estuaries and coastal forest habitats
- Studying salt marsh and beach ecology at Hammocks Beach State Park, where they will work to earn their Jr. Ranger Certification
- Observing sustainable gardening practices and getting their hands dirty at the federation’s community garden, the EarthWise Farm
- Learning to fish with local fishers
- Hearing from scientists, managers, and professionals at local marine laboratories and government offices
- Service learning trips to collect marine debris and litter from local shorelines
- Team building games and activities
This summer camp day program runs Monday through Friday, and is $200 per child. Early dropoff and late pickup options are available for an additional fee of $50. Registration is required (maximum of 20 participants). Explorers should bring a lunch every day as well as a hat, water bottle, towel, closed-toe shoes (required), and water clothes. Water will be provided.