Aquarium To Offer Summer Camps

May 04, 2009

A variety of camps for all ages are offered throughout the summer

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering a variety of fascinating and fun day camps this summer. Kids, families and young adults can choose one or more camps that include activities like boat trips, shrimp slurping, seining, games and crafts. A complete schedule is available online.

During the summer Aquarium camps run for an entire week, Monday through Friday. Each day, campers are dropped off at the Aquarium at 9 am and picked up at 3 pm (or noon for pre-schoolers). Campers are asked to bring a bag lunch and snack for a day of exploring the Aquarium, meeting husbandry staff and getting close to the animals.

Travel camps venture off to local sites for activities such as kayaking, hiking, whale watching and tide pooling. Family Adventure camps include such activities as beach seining, a boat trip, scavenger hunt, a sleepover with the sharks and tide pooling.

Aquarium educators enjoy the camps as much as the children, according to Hannah Petri, Aquarium Public Programs Coordinator. “Exploring the Oregon coast with fun and engaging instructors reminds me of my days at nature camp. We would have a wonderful experience making new friends, getting muddy, learning new games, singing songs and learning about critters,” said Petri.

Nemesia Herzstein, Aquarium Summer Camp Co-Director echoed Petri’s comments; “Summer camp is my favorite season because I get to spend a week with kids doing hands-on activities to teach them about the wonders of marine life while getting dirty and wet exploring the Aquarium’s diverse and incredible animals.”

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. For more information, visit the Aquarium’s Web site at or call (541) 867-FISH.