Sea Camp

Sea Camp is a week-long residential adventure exploring the wonders of the marine and estuarine environments for campers ages 10-18

Adventures in Marine Biology ($960)    

June 5-11

June 12-18

June 19-25

June 26-July 2nd

July 10-16

July 17-23

July 24-30

 

Ages 10-12

Join us on an adventure of a lifetime exploring and studying the marine life of Galveston Bay! Get ready for a hands-on and feet-in experience learning about sharks, sea turtles, whales, dolphins, bony fish, oysters, and mudbugs! Explore environments by seining in a salt marsh, searching for life in an oyster reef, dissecting a shark and a bony fish, and trawling in the Galveston Ship Channel from a research vessel while we search for bottlenose dolphins.

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Sharks & More ($1,015)    

June 19-25

July 10-16

July 24-30

July 31-Aug. 6

 

Ages 10-12 

Have you ever wanted to learn more about sharks? What about the difference between sharks and other types of fish, or what about the truth behind shark attacks? Discover the amazing world of sharks, rays, and more. Observe live sharks at an aquarium. Learn to identify sharks based on their teeth and make your very own shark tooth necklace! Dissect a shark and compare its anatomy with that of a bony fish.

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Coral, Crabs, & Cephalopods ($960)    

July 31-Aug. 6

Ages 11-12
Submerge into the world of coral reefs, the most diverse and productive communities on Earth. Learn about types of corals & reefs, their locations, inhabitants, and how some are in danger. Additional activities include a squid dissection, research vessel trip, wetlands center excursion, crabbing, and a field trip to Moody Gardens.

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Coastal Ecology ($1,015)    

June 5-11

June 12-18

June 19-25

July 10-16

July 17-23

July 24-30

 

Ages 12-15 

Learn about the marine ecology of the Galveston Bay area. Explore the sandy beach, salt marsh, jetty, and bay ecosystems. Have fun bird watching, swimming, and dissecting sharks & turtles. Experience what it is like to be a marine biologist by getting hands on field experience. Go dolphin watching on a cruise across Galveston Bay and fish for flounder, redfish, and seatrout.

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Advanced Coastal Ecology (1,015)    

June 26-July 2

Ages 14-16

Learn about marine and freshwater ecology of Texas by exploring habitats of the Gulf of Mexico and nearby  freshwater systems. From the cypress swamps to the coastal estuary each environment is unique! Students will be able understand the difference between high and low energy environments and  identify plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates that live there! Through fishing, dissections, and so much more, you will get an advanced look on how we evaluate coastal ecology!

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Fishing Camp ($1,015)    

June 5-11

June 12-18

June 19-25

June 26-July 2

Ages 13-18

Learn about the marine and estuarine environments through fishing. Catch your bait. Experiment with lures. Tie knots. Improve your cast. Enjoy fishing excursions to the bay, beachfront (pier, wade, & surf fishing) and offshore. Compare the environments in which you fished and the catch from each location. Study the food chain through fish stomach content analyses. Visit a fish hatchery.

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Oceanography ($1,015)    

July 31-Aug. 6

Ages 12-15

Experience first-hand how geology, chemistry, biology, & physics interact to form a variety of habitats. From the photosynthesizing plankton to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, we’ll explore the many layers of the ocean and the animals that live there! Expand your knowledge of the ocean floor even further by participating in gulf & bay sediment & water sampling.


Content and activities are aligned with the Boy Scouts of America Oceanography Merit Badge.

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Marine Mammal Workshop ($1,015)    

July 10-16

Ages 15-18

Gain a broad overview of issues facing marine mammals while developing a greater appreciation for their biology. Study a wide range of marine mammal topics from behavior to physiology to conservation. With the cooperation of the marine mammal research programs at TAMUG and agencies such as the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, this camp offers the cutting edge of marine mammal science. Swimming with dolphins is not included or promoted!

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Ocean Careers Awareness ($1,015)    

June 26-July 2

Ages 15-18


Combines hands-on experiences relating to careers in the marine environment with introductions to professionals in a wide variety of careers. TAMUG faculty offer numerous opportunities to explore career options while assisting in the lab or field. Additional meetings are arranged with agencies such as NOAA, Moody Gardens, the UT Medical Branch, & the Coast Guard. Schedule is based on the interest of those enrolled.

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Coastal Photography ($1,015)    

Ages 13-18

June 5-11

Digital art for Cell Phones

In recent years the quality of cameras inside cell phones have become amazingly good.  Point-and-shoot cameras are very seldom used now since most everyone carries a cell phone.  With that in mind, this course is about learning photography using just the camera in your cell phone. Campers will look closely at the relationship between art and photography with an emphasis on strong design elements, special effects, and saturated color.  By using select focus, campers will produce striking art photographs from common scenes and objects.  Campers will sharpen their photographic eye and learn to "see photographs” and will take complex scenes and reduce them to their simplest form while creating their own portfolio! CELL PHONE DIGITAL ART PACKING LIST

 June 12-18

Wildlife Photography

Wildlife Photography is a brand new photography course for Sea Camp! Using your own digital camera, photograph different types of wildlife all over Galveston County. Feature photo excursions at the best locations around Galveston include Moody Gardens Rainforest, East End Lagoon, Galveston Island Humane Society, and more! Produce your own photographic mini portfolio. WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY PACKING LIST

 

July 10-16

Photo-Journalism

Using your own digital camera, learn how to shoot photographs around Galveston for news media and magazines.  

Get your images published on websites, blogs, magazines and online news services.  Learn how to quickly and efficiently edit you own digital images. Shoot an environmental portrait aboard the USS Cavalla Submarine or USS Stewart Destroyer Escort.   Discuss images of Hurricane Ike for news content and interest. Photograph adoptable kittens and dogs at the Galveston Island Humane Society. PHOTO-JOURNALISM PACKING LIST

 For information on the instructor visit www.mihovil.com.

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Ocean Conservation Camp ($1,015)    

June 12-18

Ages 14-18


Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! The ocean needs your help! Explore and discover problems and solutions to overcoming our expanding carbon footprint. Join us as we learn about plastic pollution and its effects on the ocean food chain, trash islands formed by gyres, local endangered species, habitat loss through a restoration project, and so much more! Students will also design a sculpture using recycled materials! Let’s make a wave of change this summer!

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Biology of the Sea Turtle ($1,015)    

June 19-25

June 26-July 2

Ages 13-14


Explore sea turtle biology & ecology on the coast of Texas. Five of the 7 species of sea turtles worldwide occur in our Gulf of Mexico. Observe the feeding ecology of wild green sea turtles at Port Aransas jetties & witness a Kemp’s ridley hatchling release on
North Padre Island (when available). Meet & visit biologists at TAMUG, Padre Island National Seashore, & the Texas State Aquarium. Venture into the Upper Laguna Madre for water activities. Dissect a freshwater turtle. Gain a greater understanding of issues concerning endangered & threatened marine species.

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Ecotourism: Costa Rica ($2,900)    

July 21-29

Ages 15-18

Passport required! Costa Rica is a tropical paradise unmatched byany other Central American country. Join us as we travel across Costa Rica from the beautiful Pacific coast to the Arenal Volcano in northern Costa Rica. We will explore the rainforest ecosystem of the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, kayak the Damas mangrove, study reef fish, & visit beautiful Pacific coast beaches. Our trip continues to Texas A&M’s Soltis Center for Research & Education. Students will see the rainforest ecosystem of the Arenal Volcano, study amphibians & reptiles, & take a safari down a tropical river. This camp involves hiking, kayaking, and a moderate fitness level is recommended.

Cancelation Policy: A $700 deposit is due upon registration. This deposit is fully refundable as long as you cancel by April 15th, 2022. This date may change based on ticket purchasing. 

The Final Payment is due on May 16th, 2022

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TAG: Marine Biology Research ($1,015)    

June 5-11

July 17-23

July 31-Aug. 6

 

Ages 14-18

Discover marine biology by exploring the diverse habitats of Galveston Island. Wade in the salt marshes of Galveston Bay while searching for bio-diversity & learn why this environment is a valuable resource. Work alongside TAMUG graduate students to collect pelagic & benthic organisms. Take a trip aboard a research vessel. Learn about marine mammals of the Gulf of Mexico. Design an original research project and presentation. This course is designed for students seeking field experience in the marine environment.

(TAG) Talented and Gifted Requirements: Students are strongly encouraged to be enrolled in GT, PreAP, or AP courses in order to attend. However, a strong desire to pursue a degree in a marine related major is also accepted.

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TAG: Marine Science Research ($1,015)    

July 24-30

 

Ages 14-18

Marine science researchers concentrate on physical, chemical, & geological science aspects of marine, estuarine, & coastal environments. A survey of recent TAMUG marine science grads who entered a professional career shows that many of them are currently working in the offshore petroleum exploration & production industry. This course covers careers in marine science, wetlands transects, water & sediment sampling, the pros & cons of artificial reefs, offshore petroleum exploration, remote sensing technology, density dynamics, & environmental law. Students will also design an original research project and presentation.

(TAG) Talented and Gifted Requirements: Students are strongly encouraged to be enrolled in GT, PreAP, or AP courses in order to attend. However, a strong desire to pursue a degree in a marine related major is also accepted.

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TAG: Marine Engineering ($1,015)    

July 17-23

Ages 14-18

Much like the Marine Engineering Technology degree offered at TAMUG, this camp introduces campers to an interdisciplinary education in marine propulsion & maritime-related engineering. It explores Maritime Systems Engineering through topics such as fluid mechanics, naval architecture, structural design, & coastal engineering. Campers engage in several hands-on building activities & competitions, get exposure to marine engineering labs at TAMUG & interact with TAMUG engineering students & staff. Field trips may include: TAMUG training ship & simulator, Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum, & NASA.

(TAG) Talented and Gifted Requirements: Students are strongly encouraged to be enrolled in GT, PreAP, or AP courses in order to attend. However, a strong desire to pursue a degree in an engineering related major is also accepted.

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TAG: Veterinary Medicine ($1,015)    

July 17-23

July 24-30

July 31-Aug. 6

Ages 14-18

 Would you like to practice veterinary medicine someday? Why not get a head start this summer? Vet-med camp is the perfect camp for you if you are interested in helping animals. Spend a week touring large and small animal vet practices to help you decide which you like best. Visit laboratory animal medicine facilities, learn about zoo medicine, and explore animal welfare facilities. Discuss your future with vets, technicians, trainers, rehabilitators, and behaviorists who share your passion for helping our furry, fluffy, and feathered friends!

(TAG) Talented and Gifted Requirements: Students are strongly encouraged to be enrolled in GT, PreAP, or AP courses in order to attend. However, a strong desire to pursue a degree in a veterinary related major is also accepted.

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Summer 2022: Schedule at a Glance    

Week 1: June 5-11

  • Adventures in Marine Biology Ages 10-12
  • Coastal Ecology Ages 12-15
  • Fishing Camp Ages 13-18
  • Coastal Photography Ages 13-18
  • TAG: Marine Biology Research Ages 14-18

Week 2:  June 12-18

  • Adventures in Marine Biology Ages 10-12
  • Coastal Ecology Ages 12-15
  • Fishing Camp Ages 13-18
  • Coastal Photography Advanced Ages 13-18
  • Ocean Conservation Camp Ages 14-18

Week 3: June 19-25

  • Adventures in Marine Biology Ages 10-12
  • Coastal Ecology Ages 12-15
  • Fishing Camp Ages 13-18
  • Sharks and More Ages 10-12
  • Biology of the Sea Turtle Ages 13-14

Week 4: June 26-July 2

  • Adventures in Marine Biology Ages 10-12
  • Fishing Camp Ages 13-18
  • Biology of the Sea Turtle Ages 13-14
  • Advanced Coastal Ecology Ages 14-16
  • Ocean Careers Awareness Ages 15-18




NO CAMP July 3-9

Week 5: July 10-16

  • Adventures in Marine Biology Ages 10-12
  • Coastal Ecology Ages 12-15
  • Sharks and More Ages 10-12
  • Coastal Photography: Digital Art Ages 13-18
  • Marine Mammal Workshop Ages 15-18

Week 6: July 17-23

  • Adventures in Marine Biology Ages 10-12
  • Coastal Ecology Ages 12-15
  • TAG: Marine Biology Research 14-18
  • TAG: Marine Engineering Ages 14-18
  • TAG: Veterinary Medicine 14-18
  • Costa Rica Ages 15-18 (July 21-29)

Week 7: July 24-30

  • Adventures in Marine Biology Ages 10-12
  • Coastal Ecology Ages 12-15
  • Sharks and More Ages 10-12
  • TAG: Marine Science Research Ages 14-18
  • TAG: Veterinary Medicine Ages 14-18
  • Costa Rica Ages 15-18 (July 21-29)

Week 8: July 31-Aug. 6

  • Corals Crabs and Cephalopods Ages 11-12
  • Oceanography Ages 12-15
  • Sharks and More Ages 10-12
  • TAG: Veterinary Medicine Ages 14-18
  • TAG: Marine Biology Research 14-18

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