Marine Environment Camps

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2004

Sponsoring organization: Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward

Description: The Alaska SeaLife Center is expanding its summer camp opportunities to take campers on a journey in the marine environment.

Through hands-on activities, students will heighten their interest in the sciences and gain an appreciation for the natural environment.

Discovery Day Camps

Description: The center is hosting six different one-day camps this summer. Each day has a different theme, so students can participate in one or all six. The camps will run two concurrent sessions, one for students entering third through fifth grades and another for those entering sixth through eighth grades.

Ages: Students entering third through fifth grades and those entering sixth through eighth grades

Themes and Dates:

Career Day will be June 11. Campers will go behind the scenes to talk to seal trainers, feed fish, help with research and much more. They will learn what it takes to be a marine biologist.

Underwater Explorations will be June 25. Campers can try real scuba equipment in a swimming pool, learn how deep sea animals thrive in the dark and perform other experiments. This day will focus on the use of diving and submersibles to explore beneath the surface.

Oceans of Abundance will be July 9. This camp will look at how Alaskans throughout history have used the abundant resources provided by marine waters. The day will include a look at coastal archaeology in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Ingenious Invertebrates will be July 23. Campers will learn about the ocean's spineless creatures. They will get up close and personal with a special dissection of a rare giant squid found last summer in the Aleutians. Campers also will get a chance to learn about sea stars and anemones in their natural environment.

Habitat Hunt will be Aug. 6. Campers will hunt for different types of marine habitats along the coast of Resurrection Bay from the seat of a sea kayak. They will then hike to a salmon spawning area to observe the behaviors of these wild fish. The camp will include sea kayaking for older campers and a short hike for younger ones.

Bird Biologists will be Aug. 20. This day includes a visit to local seabird rookeries on a Kenai Fjords Tour boat and a bird walk at a local salt marsh. The focus will be on birds that live near or on Alaska's oceans.

Cost: Members $60 per camp or $300 for all six; nonmembers $70 per camp or $360 for all six

Coastal Careers Camp

Description: Campers will get hands-on experience helping scientists and animal trainers with their jobs throughout the center.

This five-day residential camp is designed for students who are seriously thinking about a career in wildlife biology, fisheries or marine animal care. Campers will ob-serve and help out in many areas of the center.

Ages: Students in ninth through 12th grades

Dates: Aug. 1-6

Cost: Members $475 with housing; $340 without housing; nonmembers $525 with housing; $375 without housing

Waves and Whales Weekend Camps

Description: Campers will sleep next to sea lions, try scuba gear and experience a wildlife cruise. This residential weekend camp will take participants through a variety of hands-on activities that encourage curiosity and wonder in marine science and research. The camp includes an overnight stay at the Alaska SeaLife Center, a Kenai Fjords boat cruise, marine crafts and interactive marine science classes. The camp will run two concurrent sessions, one for students entering third through fifth grades and another for those entering sixth through eighth grades.

Ages: Students entering third through fifth grades and those entering sixth through eighth grades

Dates: Three weekends are available: June 12-13; July 10-11; and Aug. 7-8

Hours: From 9 a.m. Saturday until 4 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Members $120; nonmembers $135

The price includes meals and one overnight stay at the center.

Ocean Adventures Field Camp

Description: This four-day, three-night sea kayak camping trip will bring students into the wild to learn about marine biology from a kayak. The adventure will start at the SeaLife Center where students will complete team-building exercises. Then, students will head to Fox Island to set up a field re-search camp. Time on the island will be spent paddling to different sites where students will complete several research-based activities, including counting seabirds, using radio telemetry equipment and analyzing scat. Evenings will be spent relaxing around a fire. The trip will culminate with a boat tour of Resurrection Bay.

Ages: Students in ninth through 12th grades

Dates: July 25-28

Cost: Members $475; nonmembers $525

The price includes all meals, equipment and lodging.

Phone:1-800-224-2525, ext. 6306

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