Sea Camp

Summer 2015 marks the 28th year for Sea Camp!

This year we planned two different camp sessions to inspire and educate Sea Campers.

June - The Loop Current:
Campers spend the week learning about the magic waters entering the Gulf through the Yucatan Strait.

Campers learn about:
Larval fish • Plankton and Whales • Shrimp and Crabs • Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
Atlantic Blue Marlin • Swordfish • Dolphinfish • Loggerhead Turtles
Gyres and Hurricanes

Our educators use hands-on learning techniques to teach how the lines of sargassum floating near the surface of the gulf provides a refuge for large pelagic fishes during the early stages of their life cycle and how the loop current plays a role in the life of these species. Participants learn how eddies or "gyres" that spin off of the Loop Current could set the stage for tropical storms and hurricanes to gain strength.

July - Habitats of the Gulf:
Spend another great week with our marine educators as they engage campers in a journey studying the different habitats of the gulf.

Campers learn about:
Estuaries • Salt Marshes • Sandy Shores • Coral Reefs • Mangroves • Oyster Reefs • Open Ocean

University of Southern Mississippi marine educators provide students with a rich educational experience wrapped up in lots of fun, games and hands-on activities. Participants explore coastal salt marsh with educators aboard the university research vessel, the Miss Peetsy B. The week offers opportunities to fish, crab, seine and sieve. and to get upfront an personal with coastal wildlife. Students will participate in a field trip appropriate for their age, such as exploring Front Beach, a day at Ship Island, or kayaking through Gulf Islands National Seashore on Davis Bayou.

During Shark Fest, sharks are caught, tagged, and released as part of an ongoing research program at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.



Fees are $210 for 1st and 2nd grades, $235 for 3rd and 4th grades and $250 for 5th and 6th grades. Sea Camp registration requires a $50.00 non-refundable deposit.

Online Registration - Registration for Sea Camp is offered only online. Paper forms are no longer used.

For questions, please contact the Marine Education Center at 228.818.8833.

2015 Sea Camp Schedule

Drop-off 7:45-8:00 a.m. and pick-up is between 2:45-3:00 p.m.

Note: For 3rd-6th graders, drop-off on Thursdays is 7:30 a.m. and pick-up is at 4:45 p.m. to accommodate the trip to Ship Island

This year we will offer two different sessions of Sea Camp, one in June and the second session in July. The topics and activities will be different. Each session will focus on a specific topic that is reinforced with fun activities and lesson plans in true University of Southern Mississippi Sea Camp style. Campers are exposed to vast amounts of marine biology and coastal ecology information in interesting and entertaining week-long activities.  

Sea Camp participants are put into one of three groups that include activities age appropriate for each of the groups. 

Sea Camp Dates for 2015

Sea Camp I: The Loop Current

Sea Camp II: Habitats of the Gulf