Day Camps

Summer Camp Overview

Please Note: Salish Sea Expeditions summer camps will take a hiatus in 2018 as we focus on our campaign to launch our latest addition to the Salish fleet, a year-round education vessel with the capacity to host shipboard summer programs. Stay tuned for ways to get involved!

The marine water’s edges on Puget Sound are an amazing place to explore. Sea stars, shore crab and seaweeds live mostly under the water, but sometimes above the waterline when the tide is out. Is the water of the incoming tide any different? We will explore the connections of Puget Sound by getting wet and dirty. Together, we will investigate where the land meets the water and discover how some critters live in both worlds.

Campers will design, build and deploy their own monitoring buoys, use water quality testing tools, and collect observations of the marine world.
Past Locations:  Bainbridge Island, WA and Whidbey Island, WA


What is Salish Sea Expeditions?

Salish Sea Expeditions is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization established to provide an opportunity for students to design and conduct real scientific research from the decks of a sailing vessel on Puget Sound during the school year. In the summer we offer land-based science camps.

What types of camps do you offer?

Our land-based summer camps explore the connections between land and water around the Puget Sound. We discuss watersheds, explore the shoreline, track animals that live in terrestrial and marine environments, analyze water samples, build and deploy data collection buoys, and learn about the life cycle of shellfish and other creatures of Puget Sound.

Who can participate?

Campers ages 11-15 in the upcoming school year.

What is the maximum number of participants?

We can host up to 12 campers per camp session.

What will happen during the day?

Each day is filled with fun projects, activities, and speakers that help campers use the process of scientific inquiry to explore curiosities about the natural environment around them. The curriculums of these day camps are designed to focus on different aspects of the local watershed and marine area in which the camps are conducted. Some days are spent designing and conducting research about topics ranging from local water quality to what creatures live within the intertidal zone. Others are spent collecting, racing, and observing plankton under microscopes, learning from guest speakers about topics ranging from ocean acidification to Orca biology.

When and Where?

Our 2017 camps are held in June and July on Bainbridge Island, beginning and ending at Fort Ward Park.

Program Details

Summer Day Camps
Dates: Stay Tuned for Future Offerings!

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