Summer Workshops

This summer, Sea Campus Kids will offer morning and afternoon workshops Monday through Thursday.  Campers registered for both morning and afternoon camps are welcome to stay through lunchtime with our camp instructors (Please pack a sack lunch!).   

Two workshops, Marine Biology Boot Camp and our second offering of Marine Mammals, will be offered with Advanced and Beginner options.  These full-day workshops will run for three days. The Advanced versions will include mini-research projects and activities will dive a little deeper into the material.

Cost for half-day workshops: $140

Cost for full-day workshops: $160

A deposit of $25 is required for each workshop.  The deposit may be refunded or applied to another workshop up to two weeks prior to the start of the workshop by contacting the Sea Camp office to confirm the change.  Full payment is due three weeks prior to the start of the workshop.  If full payment is not received, the deposit will be forfeited and the spot in the workshop will be released.

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Week 1 June 4-7

Somethin' Fishy's Goin' On (8:00 AM - 11:30 AM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

 Advanced Workshop for ages 9 to 11

Cast a line into the Gulf and Bay and learn all about the species of fish that inhabit Galveston’s marine habitat.  Learn all about local fishing regulations, fishing ethics, as well as the basics of casting, baiting a hook, and tying fishing knots.  This course of study will include the Texas Parks and Wildlife Basic Angler training and certification. Workshop highlights: Beach and Bay fishing field trips; culminating cook-off.

Sharks, Stingrays, and Crabs (12:30 PM - 4:00 PM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

Ages 6-10

Discover the amazing diversity of crabs and cartilaginous fishes! Search in the Sargassum for juvenile crabs, seine in the surf, and hunt for shark teeth on the shore. Wave at fiddler crabs at the marsh and try to catch cantankerous blue crabs in bay-fed streams. Experience a hands-on dissection of a bony fish and compare its anatomy to the anatomy of a shark.Workshop highlights: Beach and Salt Marsh field trips; fish dissection; shark dissection demonstration.


Week 2 June 11-14

Marine Mammals (8:00 AM - 11:30 AM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

 Ages 6-10

Investigate flukes and flippers, baleen and blowholes, and spy-hopping and breaching in the underwater world of marine mammals. Compare dolphins and porpoises, seals and sea lions, and baleen and toothed whales. Explore the adaptations of the polar bear and get to know the clever sea otter. Learn how to help a stranded marine mammal and develop strategies for keeping marine mammals safe from human litter and pollution. Workshop highlights:  Beach trip and dolphin-watching expedition.

 

Outrageous Adaptations (12:30 PM - 4:00PM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

Ages 6-10

Survival in the ocean requires special talents and astounding skills.  Discover how a sea creature’s special adaptations allow it to thrive and survive in its ocean niche. Explore the extraordinary defenses of the seemingly vulnerable sea cucumber, the unique ability of the firefly squid to catch its dinner, and the unique sixth sense of the ocean’s most successful predator-the shark. Explore the cool and occasionally really  gross survival skills of tenacious marine animals. Workshop highlights: Invertebrate dissection and field trips to the beach and salt marsh.

 

 

Week 3 June 18-21

Sharks, Sharks, and More Sharks (8:00 AM - 11:30 AM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

Advanced camp for Ages 9-11

Encounter myth and fact in this in-depth examination of the most fascinating and misunderstood fish in the ocean.  This study will look at the anatomy, habitat, and eating habits of lots and lots of sharks: big sharks, little sharks, blue sharks, megamouth sharks and Ornate Wobbegones, Prehistoric sharks and sharks living in our very own bay.  Pick your favorite shark and use our campus resources to do a comprehensive study.  Workshop highlights: Beach field trip and shark dissection. 

The Ins and Outs of Invertebrates (12:30 PM - 4:00 PM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

Ages 6-10

Investigate the incredible world of marine invertebrates (our spineless but not gutless ocean friends). Bivalves, gastropods, cephalophods, crustaceans, and more will be examined in this workshop. Catch ornery blue crabs, sieve for invertebrates at the beach, dissect and compare sea star and sea urchin anatomy. Workshop highlights: Echinoderm dissections, beach and salt marsh field trips, and crabbing.

Week 4 June 25-27

Marine Biology Boot Camp (9:00 AM-3:00 PM) $160

 Fall in and join the ranks of scientists who investigate the inhabitants of the oceans. Step in line as you learn how to use a microscope, study the art of dissecting and conduct scientific investigations.  The MBBC will include field trips to science labs and local marine habitats and fish and mollusk dissections.

 Advanced Workshop: Ages 9-11 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

 Beginner Workshop: Ages 6-8 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

 

**Independence Day Holiday**

  

Week 5 July 9-12

Sharks, Stingrays, and Crabs (8:00 AM – 11:30 AM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

Ages 6-10

Discover the amazing diversity of crabs and cartilaginous fishes! Search in the Sargassum for juvenile crabs, seine in the surf, and hunt for shark teeth on the shore. Wave at fiddler crabs at the marsh and try to catch cantankerous blue crabs in bay-fed streams. Experience a hands-on dissection of a bony fish and compare its anatomy to the anatomy of a shark. Workshop highlights: Beach and Salt Marsh field trips; fish dissection; shark dissection demonstration.

Ocean Artists (12:30 PM – 4:00 PM) $140  - FULL WITH WAITLIST

 Ages 6-10

Enjoy a  potpourri of science, ocean music, art, and literature.  Practice marlinespike seamanship (tie knots like a sailor).  Learn the Japanese art of Gyotaku, fish printing, with real fish. Create pieces of art inspired by the ocean and marsh. Workshop highlights: Field trips to Marsh and Beach


Week 6 July 16-19

Aqua-Marines...to the Rescue! (8:00 AM – 11:30 AM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

 Ages 6-10

Junior scientists work to understand and protect the marine habitats of Galveston Island by participating in a wetland restoration project, investigating methods for cleaning up oil spills, and experimenting with ways to reduce erosion impacts.  Learn about the life ecology and conservation status of sea turtles at the NOAA Sea Turtle Facility. Workshop highlights: Marsh field trip, NOAA Sea Turtle Facility

Take a Dive (12:30 PM - 4:00PM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

Ages 6-10

 Submerge into the rainforest of the ocean. Discover the amazing diversity of marine flora and fauna and the extraordinary relationships that make life possible on the coral reef. Explore how coral reefs form, the types of coral reefs found around the world, and environmental issues which are threatening them. Workshop highlights: Beach trip and mollusk dissection

 

Week 7 July 23-25

Marine Mammals (9:00 AM-3:00 PM) $160             

 Enter the wonderful world of marine mammals, our hairy ocean friends & learn about flukes & flippers, baleen & blowholes, spy hopping & breaching. Compare dolphins & porpoises, seals & sea lions. Take a “close” look at the largest mammal on Earth, study the only aquatic bear, and get to know the clever sea otter. Marine mammal explorers will also learn how to rescue a stranded animal. Beach trips and dolphin watching expedition.

 Advanced Workshop: Ages 9-11 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

 Beginner Workshop: Ages 6-8 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

Week 8 July 30 - August 2

Into the Abyss (8:00 AM - 11:30 AM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

 Ages 6-10

There are so many things to see beneath the ocean blue. Come take a journey to explore a multitude or two. Stargazer, oar, and lumpfish just to name a few; we'll learn about why and how creatures live just where they do. What lives so near the surface it sees the sunlight shine and what lives in the midnight zone with an amazing glowing spine? With a beach trip to explore, a dissection and much, much more...a voyage into the abyss is surely not one to miss! Workshop highlights: Beach field trip; invertebrate dissection

Sharks, Stingrays, and Crabs (12:30 PM - 4:00 PM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

Ages 6-10

Discover the amazing diversity of crabs and cartilaginous fishes! Search in the Sargassum for juvenile crabs, seine in the surf, and hunt for shark teeth on the shore. Wave at fiddler crabs at the marsh and try to catch cantankerous blue crabs in bay-fed streams. Experience a hands-on dissection of a bony fish and compare its anatomy to the anatomy of a shark. Workshop highlights: Beach and Salt Marsh field trips; fish dissection; shark dissection demonstration


Week 9 August 6-8

It's a Sailors Life (9:00 AM - 3:00PM) $160 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

Ages 6-10

Heave Ho, Let's Go! Get ready to learn all about what it was like to travel the seas before GPS, electricity, and even engines were available. Explore the challenges that sailors faced at sea, practice tying knots, and learn how to navigate. Workshop highlights: tour of the Texas Seaport Museum and 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, and tour of the USS Stewart at Seawolf Park.

Coastal Explorers (9:00AM - 3:00PM) $160 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

 Advanced Workshop for Ages 9-11

Get ready to go exploring! Coastal ecosystems form wherever land and water meet, and they are filled with all types of life! Discover what critters inhabit our coastal areas, learn how coastal ecosystems are formed, and compare our coastal ecosystems with others around the world. Workshop highlights: field trips to the beach and marsh.