Aquarium Offers A Full Spectrum Of Summer Camps

May 12, 2008

Family Adventure Camps and day care are new additions to summer programs

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering a variety of fascinating and fun day camps this summer. Kids and young adults can choose one or more camps—or a series—each one offering a different topic. “This year we’re offering more camps than ever, including the exciting new Family Adventure Camps,” said Alicia Christiensen, Aquarium Public Programs Coordinator. “We’re also offering after-care this year, which affords parents more freedom while they’re at the coast.” To register for any of the camps, or for more information, call (541) 867-3474 ext 5301.

June 20: Sea Squirts (Ages 2-3 and parents)
Learn about how slippery Aquarium friends move through the water. Play games, sing songs and dance like a fish out of water. Uncover the secrets to how ocean animals become sensational swimmers.

June 23-26, or July 21–24, or Aug 11-14: Sea Survivors Camp (Ages 8-9)
Learn how ocean animals stay warm in the winter, where they get their food and sleep at night. Take a close look into how animals survive in one of the most challenging environments on the planet, the Pacific Ocean. Includes a wildlife-watching boat trip.

June 23-26, or July 21–24, or Aug 11-14: Undersea Adapters Camp (Ages 10-11)
Learn about adaptations that allow marine animals survive in the waters found off the Oregon Coast. Take a close look at some of the ocean’s coolest creatures and learn about the coastal plants and animals that make their home at the Aquarium. Go outdoors investigating wildlife in their natural habitats. Includes a wildlife-watching boat trip.

July 2-4: Family Adventure Travel Camp (Ages 6 and up and parents)
Families go beach seining, take a wildlife-watching boat trip, a guided tour of the Newport fishing docks, come up close and personal with Aquarium animals, go on a scavenger hunt, sleep with the sharks, and more. Families provide their own transportation to events off sight.

July 11: Sea Squirts: Wonderful Walkers (Ages 2-3 and parents)
Investigate the different ways sea creatures walk around in and out of the water. Learn to do the Seal Shimmy, side step like a crab and discover the incredible ways some sea creatures get around.

July 14 -17: Aqua Rangers Camp, Part I (Ages 6-7)
Dive right into where tide pool animals make their homes and learn all about how they catch food, find friends and even play hide and seek. We’ll use arts and craft projects and musical activities to guide us through our journey. Includes a wildlife-watching boat trip.

July 14–17: Oceans Alive Camp, Part I (Ages 4-5)
Play hide and seek with the animals as we investigate the special body parts sea creatures have to help them swim fast, dive deep and disappear. Go behind the scenes to meet the keepers and learn more about why our Aquarium animals have spines, flippers, and tube feet. There will be songs, crafts and stories.

July 31–August 2:Youth Adventure Travel Camp (Ages 12-15)
Explore the best the Pacific Northwest coast has to offer! Go beach seining, take a wildlife-watching boat trip, go on a guided tour of the Newport fishing docks, come up close and personal with Aquarium animals, go on a scavenger hunt, sleep with the sharks, and more.

August 4–7: Aqua Rangers Camp, Part II (Ages 6-7)
Dive into where marine mammals, fish and birds make their homes and learn all about how they catch their food, find friends and take care of their young. Arts and craft projects, songs and fun activities. Includes a wildlife-watching boat trip.

August 4–7: Oceans Alive! Camp, Part II (Ages 4-5)
Learn all about ocean animal behavior. Some animals make loud noises, others spend their days playing games and lounging in the sun. Go behind the scenes and meet the keepers to learn more about how the Aquarium animals behave. There will be crafts, songs and stories.

August 7–9: Family Adventure Camp (Ages 6 and up and parents)
Go kayaking up an estuary, tidepooling, exploring behind-the-scenes at the aquarium, sleeping with the sharks, and more.

August 15: Sea Squirts - "Fantastic Flyers" (Ages 2-3 and parents)
Take flight with some of our fine feathered friends. Learn to fly and flap your arms like a puffin and learn about how feathers help birds to fly.

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