-- Campers ages 5-16 will be exploring the exotic and
unusual in local waters on "Water Safari," the 2003
edition of Project Marine Discovery Sea Camp at the J.L. Scott
Marine Education Center and Aquarium in Biloxi this summer.
of Southern Mississippi marine science day camp will unveil
two major new activities on "exotics large and small,"
and will offer a new take on such old favorites as field trips,
computer lab, art and music. Also on the agenda is an "Exotic
Friday Fun Day" of food, games and celebration of the
have an almost insatiable curiosity about the oceans and things
out of the ordinary," PMD Sea Camp's coordinator, Dr.
Howard Walters, said. AWe will be engaging our campers this
year in cutting-edge science about biological invasion of
our northern Gulf of Mexico waters by plants and animals from
other parts of the globe."
said the new hands-on programs have been developed as a result
of working with scientists involved in research on alien species
coming into the gulf. "Invasive species are among the
greatest threats to our environment today," he said.
"The scientists helped us present the latest research
in our teacher education programs that Scott Aquarium and
our partner institutions conducted in the northern gulf region
will have fun, make new friends, and at the same time, learn
things through personal discovery that won=t be in textbooks
for years. It is one of the benefits of being part of the
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and The University of Southern
sessions are repeated each week of June 2 through Aug. 1,
with the exception of July 21-25. Sessions for 5-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 age 5, $65; ages 6-7,
$115; ages 8-14, $130; ages 15-16, $145.
day camp draws participants from throughout the state and
nation. For information or to register, call (228) 374-5550
or visit www.aquarium.usm.edu.
Aquarium is part of the university's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory,
the Ocean Springs headquarters for the Southern Miss College
of Marine Sciences.