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Released June 21, 2004


BILOXI -- The University of Southern Mississippi's Scott Aquarium has opened additional classes to meet the demand for Project Marine Discovery Sea Camp here.

"We now have openings in most age groups for the remaining weeks of Sea Camp," said Dr. Susan Ross, coordinator of educational programs at the aquarium.

Campers ages 5-16 will be helping the aquarium celebrate a 20th birthday with "Birthday Blast 2004," this summer's edition of the popular marine science day camp. The weeklong sessions will include new activities to complement field trips, computer labs and art.

Ross said participants will close their week each Friday with a "Birthday Blast" carnival. "We will have birthday cake, games, a space walk, a dunking booth, face painting and other activities."

The remaining five-day sessions are offered the weeks of June 21, June 28, July 12 and July 26. Sessions for 5-year-old campers run from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Hours for all other ages are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs per week are age 5, $70; ages 6-7, $120; ages 8-14, $135; and ages 15-16, $150.

The camp focuses on campers having fun while learning about oceans and Mississippi's marine plants, animals and their processes. Sea campers come from throughout Mississippi and the nation. For information call (228) 374-5550 of visit

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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June 23, 2004 4:05 PM