Summer Camps

 Summer  Camps – Virtual Camps for 2020

Unfortunately, Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) has had to cancel all in-person camps for the 2020 summer season.  We hope to see everyone back at camp next summer, and we are hosting a virtual experience every Wednesday at 10 am starting on July 1.  These virtual experiences will include activities that campers can do at home, videos and an online chat* to interact with instructors.  The programming will be shown through Coastal Studies Institute’s YouTube channel. Stay tuned as we develop the calendar of topics!

*Note: If you are unable to see the chat function and wish to interact, please view from a computer.

Summer Science on the Screen


July 1   Ocean Waves: Learn how waves form, the parts of a wave, and how we study them.  This program will include a virtual visit to our wave tank to observe and record data for different waves.  A short video will show you how to make your own wave, and an activity explores wave data collection right off the Outer Banks!

For the program, you may want a piece of string to simulate wave movements.

Click here for the Kitchen Science video which explains how to make a wave machine, and click here for a short activity that will show you where wave data off our coast is recorded.

Ocean Waves Recording


July 8  Plankton and Estuaries: NC is home to the 2nd largest Estuarine system in the whole nation!  This program will investigate some of the aquatic life found in the estuary, and we will make our own plankton nets, and build and race plankton.

Campers will need some materials for the build a plankton net activity:  Click here for the activity page, and click here for a brief explanation of the plankton race.

Plankton and Estuaries Recording


July 15  Fish Adaptations: There are over 25,000 different species of fish.  We will focus on some of the many adaptations that fish utilize to leave in the many different environments within the ocean.  We will make our own fish while we learn the anatomy of fish, and an activity will allow us to explore how fish use camouflage.  Campers will want some blank paper, colored pencils or crayons and other art materials.

Click here for directions for a camouflage fish activity.

Fish Adaptations Recording


July 22  Marine Mammals: Sea lions, and otters, and polar bears- oh my! There are also seals, walruses, whales, dolphins, porpoises and manatees too. We will focus on some of the marine mammals found in North Carolina, learn about how they can be identified, and what to do if you see one on the beach. We will play a matching game and take simple morphometrics of an animal at home.

For this program, you’ll need a stuffed animal and a tape measure. If you have a pet that will sit still, you can use them instead of the toy to make it more realistic.

Click here for the worksheet needed to collect your measurements, and click here for the Kitchen Science video on blubber and thermoregulation.

Marine Mammals Recording


July 29  Shapes in Nature:  Dance, along with other art forms, can use experiences, observations, and objects as inspiration. During this program, we’ll switch gears to focus on the natural beauty of coastal systems and how they can inspire dance. We will first introduce some basics behind the creation of dance movements, or choreography, and then analyze nature photography to look for shapes and patterns that might influence creative design. Be sure to bring your imagination and get those creative juices flowing in preparation for this live-stream event and the activities listed below!

Click here for nature-inspired dance activity, and click here for using data to draw an artistic picture activity.

Shapes in Nature Recording


August 5  Shipwrecks:  Join us as we explore some of the amazing shipwrecks found along the coast of the Outer Banks.  In this program we will investigate the technology used to find and visit shipwrecks deep underwater.  Have you ever wondered what it looks like 100ft underwater?  We will go on a “virtual dive” on a shipwreck from WWII and explore some of the work of archaeologists.  The activities below ask you to build a diver and experiment with pressure and volume, and create a sailboat to test.

Click here to learn about pressure and volume and to build your own diver.

Click here for directions on building a small boat.

Shipwrecks Livestream



Please contact David Sybert at 252-475-5451 or with any questions or for more information.

Campers in CSI’s Esuaries Camp make good use of the R/V Discovery to explore estuarine ecosystems.