Summer Day Camps
Registration Begins March 1, 2018!
UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC CSI) will offer fourteen summer experiences in 2018 for students 9 – 15 years old. These day camps combine STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts with fun, hands-on activities to keep campers exploring and learning while having a great summer experience. Students will snorkel, kayak, collect species data by seining, trawling and hook-and-line fishing, study plankton in the lab, engineer ocean exploring equipment, and experience many other fun educational activities. Camp begins at 9:00 am and ends at 3:30 at UNC CSI campus, and all camps are $250 except for Science and SCUBA, which is $375, and include t-shirts, water bottles and snacks. Campers are required to bring a lunch to camp each day. There are a variety of camp experiences that focus on everything from Art to SCUBA diving.
Coastal Science Camp: Exploring Estuaries: June 11-15, July 2-6 2018
This camp targets 9 to 13 years old who will explore the ecosystems of the Outer Banks through data collection and scientific experiments. This camp is an introduction to the type of scientific research taking place in northeastern North Carolina and campers will venture out into the local ecosystems to explore, investigate and play in the amazing aquatic systems we have in northeastern North Carolina through the use of kayaks, a pontoon boat, snorkeling and fishing. Camps begin at UNC CSI at 9am and end at 3:30pm.
Surf and Science Camp: June 18-22, July 9-13, August 6-10 2018
Surf and Science Summer Camp is offered in partnership with Jennette’s Pier. The camp focuses on the science involved in surfing including understanding waves, currents, hydrodynamics, buoyancy, etc. Participants will surf most days of camp and will compete in a competition at end of the week. Please visit Jennette’s Pier website to register for this camp. http://www.ncaquariums.com/jennettes-pier-programs-and-camps.
Coastal Science Camp: Marine Science: June 18-22, July 9-13, 2018
Marine Science camp targets children 10 – 15 and explores concepts in Geology, Oceanography and Biology. Campers will explore local systems, video document their experiences, collect data in the estuary and ocean, work in the lab and conduct their own research projects. Students will learn fish biology, and monitor populations of fish and crabs through traps, nets and hook-and-line fishing. The goal of this camp is to keep students engaged in educational activities while they have a great time. Camps begin at UNC CSI at 9am and end at 3:30pm.
Science and SCUBA Camp: June 25-29, July 30-August 3 2018
Science and SCUBA Camp targets 12-16 year olds who are interested in obtaining their NAUI dive certification while also being introduced to SCUBA as a tool for science. This camp will partner with Roanoke Island Outfitters Dive Center to provide SCUBA instruction for students to earn a lifetime certification. Campers will take classes, explore techniques, and if they pass all requirements they will leave camp with a NAUI SCUBA Certification. Campers will also explore local ecosystems, snorkel and gain valuable insight into the work of scientists and local ecosystems. DISCLAIMER: Additional medical information will be collected by Roanoke Island Outfitters to participate in this camp. Registration for this camp is not open complete until the prospective campers have filled out medical forms with the dive shop. There are online modules that will need to be completed before camp begins to prepare for the dive classes. Campers need to be able to pass a swim test the 1st day of camp to participate which includes an underwater swim, 10-minute water tread, and a swim of any stroke for 4 lengths of the pool.
Art and Science Camp: July 16-20, July 30-August 3, 2018
Art and Science Camp will provide creative 9-14 year olds the unique experience of focusing on the wonder of our natural world, and using that to create art pieces through a variety of methods. Students 9-14 will explore ecosystems on the Outer Banks and will use these experiences to stimulate thinking about how art can be used to display science, and the beauty of the system seen through a scientist’s eyes. Students will have an opportunity to paint, sculpt, draw and create.
Oceanography: July 23-27, 2018
Oceanography camp targets students 12 – 15 years old who are interested in a better understanding of the complex processes that take place in our oceans. This camp will require students to learn and work on the beaches, estuaries and ocean as we investigate and explore what happens on over 70% of our planet. Students will engineer technology like drifters and gliders to explore how scientists can learn in an environment we are ill equipped to visit. Students will boogie board, kayak, go on boat trips, collect data, and work alongside scientists at UNC CSI. This camp will include some snorkeling and opportunities to explore in water environments.
Coastal Science: Shipwrecks: June 25-29, August 6-10, 2018
Shipwrecks camp targets students 10 – 15 years old who are interested shipwrecks, the unique boats and history of the Outer Banks, navigation, knot tying, and exploring. This camp will focus on getting students outside onto our beaches and sounds to investigate all things nautical on the Outer Banks, which will include boat building, shipwrecks, and WWII battles. Students will learn techniques for finding, mapping and identifying shipwrecks. This camp will include some snorkeling and opportunities to explore in water environments.
The day camps begin and end at UNC CSI each day, but campers will visit many areas of the Outer Banks by van, boat or kayak.
UNC CSI summer day camps combine STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education with fun, hands-on activities that will keep campers exploring and investigating amazing ecosystems. Students will snorkel, kayak, collect species data by seining, trawling and hook and line fishing, study plankton in the lab, engineer ocean exploring equipment, and experience many other fun educational activities.
Registration for camps begins March 1, 2018.
UNC CSI is also working in partnership with Jennette’s Pier to offer Surf and Science Camp June 18 -22, July 9-12, and August 6-10, 2018. These camps will focus on oceanography concepts and wave characteristics as participants learn to surf. Registration for this camp begins on March 5. Please visit Jennette’s Pier’s website to register: www.ncaquariums.com/jennettes-pier.