is now under way for Project Marine Discovery Sea Camp at The University
of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Coast's Scott Aquarium.
five to 16 will help the aquarium celebrate a 20th birthday with
"Birthday Blast 2004," this summer's edition of the popular
marine science day camp. The week-long sessions will include new
activities to complement field trips, computer labs and art. Each
week will close with a Birthday Blast carnival.
year we will be taking sea campers by pontoon boat to Deer Island
for experiences in the marine environment as one of our new field
trips," said Dr. Susan Ross, Scott Aquarium coordinator of
education programs. Ross said education staff will host a Scott
Aquarium birthday party with a carnival theme each Friday with "birthday
cake, games, a space walk, a dunking booth and other activities."
sessions are repeated each week from June 7 through July 30 with
the exception of July 19-23. Sessions for five-year-old campers
run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Hours for all other ages are 8 a.m. to
4 p.m. Costs per week are $70 for age 5; $120 for ages 6-7; $135
for ages 8-14; and $150 for ages 15-16.
The camp draws
more than 1,000 participants each year with its focus on fun while
learning about oceans and Mississippi's marine plants, animals and
processes. Sea campers come from throughout Mississippi and the
nation. For information or to register, call (228) 374-5550.
The Scott Aquarium
is part of the university's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean
Springs, a unit of the Southern Miss College of Science and Technology.