South Slough Reserve science camps provide kids opportunities for hands-on exploration of the outdoor world through investigation, science, art, and laughter. Activities vary from year to year and camp day and themes are planned to fit the abilities and interests of kids according to their grade in school.
Camps have a minimum enrollment to operate, and a maximum enrollment based on vehicle capacity. Camp fees help with snacks, travel, supplies, tools, t-shirts and education intern stipends.
Join Us in Summer 2021
The Reserve is planning to offer science camps during the summer of 2021. Our goal is to operate as close to normal as possible, but much is unknown at this time. We will structure camps based on informed state and federal guidelines to keep campers, staff, volunteers, and interns safe.*
Registration for summer '21 camps opens April 7, 2021.
Campers should sign up for the camp that matches the grade they will be entering in the fall of 2021.
Zoea – K & 1st grades
June 29 – July 1, 2021
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Send your young explorers off for adventurous activities that immerse them in the natural world! Camps provide hands-on activities around the South Slough Visitor Center, with a focus on nature observation and exploration. Campers will bring lunch, and snack is provided during the day. Camps are designed to fit the abilities and interests of campers entering Kindergarten and 1st grade.
$64 per camper
Megalops – 2nd & 3rd grades
July 13 – 15, 2021
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Adventure and learning await in this summer science camp! Campers participate in hands-on activities around the South Slough Reserve, exploring nature through observation, science and art. Campers will bring lunch, and snack is provided during the day. Camps are designed to fit the abilities and interests of campers entering 2nd or 3rd grade.
$68 per camper
Magister – 9th – 12th grades
July 27 – 29, 2021
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
This camp provides students hands-on, real-world experience with coastal research and stewardship. Campers will their days immersed in fieldwork and activities carried out by the National Estuarine Research Reserve system. We use on-going research, monitoring and stewardship projects to introduce campers to the diverse careers available in marine science, natural resources and the environment. Campers will bring lunch, and snack is provided during the day. Camps aim to expand opportunities in science for high school students.
$79 per camper
Dungeness – 6th – 8th grades
August 10 – 12, 2021
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Our middle school camp is structured to broaden campers' interest in science and the environment through hands-on activities and an introduction to how research is applied on the Oregon coast. Campers will spend time in and around the estuary diving deeper into the unique habitats of the Coos watershed. Campers will bring lunch, and snack is provided during the day. Camps target the abilities and interest of children entering 6th, 7th & 8th grades.
$75 per camper
Instar – 4th & 5th grade
August 24 – 26, 2021
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
During Instar camp, children begin to dig deeper into science happening in the Reserve and explore beyond the Reserve to the other coastal habitats of our region. Campers conduct investigations in and around the estuary, beaches and upland forests. Campers will bring lunch, and snack is provided during the day. The activities and content are designed to match the interests of children entering 4th & 5th grades.
$71 per camper
The Reserve is committed to ensuring the healthy and safety of campers, staff and interns. Activities will follow the most up-to-date Oregon State Health Authority Guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including increased cleaning, regular hand-washing, physical distancing and face masks.*