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Released February 24, 2004


BILOXI -- Registration is now under way for Project Marine Discovery Sea Camp at The University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Coast's Scott Aquarium.

Campers ages 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.

"This 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."

The five-day 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.



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