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 5-8)

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

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 12-15)

Ancient Oceans (8:00 AM - 11:30 AM)  $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

Megalodon, Ichthyosaurs and Dunkleosteus... oh  my! Before dinosaurs ruled the earth, marine reptiles ruled the seas. Learn about ancient marine reptiles and enter the world of a paleontologist as you excavate a "dig" site, assemble the skeleton, and attempt to recreate an image of a prehistoric marine reptile. Create a fossil and a model of an extinct species. Workshop highlights: beach field trip, 'fossil' excavation.

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

Link science and the arts as you enjoy a virtual potpourri of ocean music, art, and literature.  Practice marlinespike seamanship (tie knots with a sailor).  Learn the Japanese art of Gyotaku, fish printing, with real fish.  Enjoy this creative workshop of musical, theatrical, and visual art.  Beach trips and a culminating theatre production.

Week 3 (June 19-22)

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

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

Sharing Spaces (12:30 PM - 4:00 PM) $140- FULL WITH WAITLIST

Getting along in an ocean neighborhood may not be as easy as it sounds. Some ocean creatures live side by side without a hint of an interaction, but other neighbors develop such as close relationship that they are literally cleaning each other's teeth! Explore the symbiotic relationships down in the deep and discover the freeloaders, the scroungers, the cordial, the aloof and the lethal members of the community. Learn how organisms live together in close quarters by exploring an oyster community. Workshop highlights: Field trips to the beach and salt marsh.

Week 4 (June 26-28)

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


  

**Independence Day Holiday**

  

Week 5 (July 10-13)

Extreme Parenting (8:00 AM – 11:30 PM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

In the calm of the deep the daily routines and life styles of ocean tenants may actually shock and astonish. Take a wild look at the unusual life cycles and extraordinary parenting methods of ocean inhabitants. Investigate the extreme dedication of the octopus mom, the devotion of seahorse dad and the bizarre cichlid which uses its mouth as a playpen for its fry (babies). Discover just how far an organism will go to ensure the survival of their young. Workshop highlights: Field trips to the beach and salt marsh.

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

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 6 (July 17-20)

The Ins and Outs of Invertebrates (8:00 AM - 11:30 AM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

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.

No Bones About It (12:30 PM - 4:00 PM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

Join fellow future ichthyologists in this detailed study of elasmobranchs-a subclass of cartilaginous fish. Compare sharks, skates and rays through dissection, explore what makes these organisms unique from other fish, and make your own Mermaid’s Purse. Workshop highlights: beach and salt marsh trips, and fish dissections.

Week 7 (July 24-26)

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

Week 8 (July 31 - August 3)

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

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

Wild About Engineering (12:30 PM-4:00 PM) $140 

Advanced Workshop for ages 9-11

Investigate...Create...Design...Oh yeah.  Jump into the design arena and join the SCK engineering team.  Design process, team building, and a prototype product will define this venture as we explore a variety of engineering fields through activities and projects.  Discover the what and why of slime, the power of the wind and waves and the ups and downs of roller coasters.  Accept the challenge of the final project design and create a PowerPoint presentation of your teams’ work. Workshop highlights: beach trip and tour of the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum.


Week 9 (August 7-10)

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

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.

Into the Abyss (12:30 PM - 4:00 PM) $140 - FULL WITH WAITLIST

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