A&M-Galveston to offer Sea Camp

Sea Camp offers students a hands-on and feet-in learning experiece, as they wade through a salt marsh, visit a turtle hatchery, dissect a fish or seine the surf. Sea Camp offers students a hands-on and feet-in learning experiece, as they wade through a salt marsh, visit a turtle hatchery, dissect a fish or seine the surf. GA LV ESTON— In Januar y 2012, Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) got a new resident: an injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle needing rehabilitation before he can be released back into the wild.

The first resident of TAMUG’s Sea Life Center is just one of many turtles that campers attending Sea Camp’s “Biology of the Sea Turtle” summer camp will get to observe firsthand.

Campers w ill also get the chance to see hatchlings released at the Padre Island National Sea Shore and obser ve other sea turtles at the NOAA Turtle Barn.

Deep below the ocean depths, scientists from the Texas A&M Department of Nautical Archaelog y explore shipw recks long forgotten in the history of seafaring. Every summer, campers attending Sea Camp in the “Oceanography and Nautical Oceanography” session get to visit labs in College Station and learn about this research directly from the experts in the field.

This is just one example of the adventures awaiting campers in “Oceanography and Nautical Archaelogy” this summer.

Sea Camp was founded in 1986 by Dr. Sammy Ray, one of the world’s leading oyster biologists. Dr. Ray, now 93 and lovingly called “Papa Smurf,” still teaches campers about oysters every week.

Due to overwhelming popularity throughout the years, talented instructors, and the diverse interests of our ocean-loving youth, Sea Camp has evolved from a single-curriculum program into a manifold summer camp with 16 specialized sessions. These sessions are tailored to ensure campers get hands- on experiences in their fields of interest, such as marine biology, coastal campling, sea turtle biology, photography and more.

Sea Camp also of fers talented and gifted programs for gifted students interested in pre-medical research, veterinary medicine, marine biology, marine science, and marine engineering. These programs offer a more challenging curriculum, greater instructor-to-camper ratio and special opportunities in the fields of interest for gifted students in grades 8 through 12.

Former director Judy Wern stated, “We stress a hands- on and feet-in experience and we hope to instill in our campers a love for the ocean, for marine life and the environment.”

Sea Campers participate in activities from sun up to sundown and spend their nights in the residence halls on campus at Texas A&M University in Galveston.

Activities aren’t restricted to educational classes, either; campers also get to enjoy pool parties, movie night and a beach party.

Kids under the age of 10 aren’t left out. Sea Campus Kids is a day camp program for ages 6-11 with a wide range of sessions covering topics from marine mammals to pirates.

A new Sea Campus Kids session this year, “ MSI: Marine Science Investigation,” teaches young campers about ofrensic techniques as they investigate the disappearance of “Clarence the Crab” and some of his fishy friends.

Reg istrat ion is now open online. Costs for Sea Camp range from $850 to $950 with a $150 deposit due at the time of registration. Sea Campus Kids prices range from $125 to $150 with a $25 deposit.

For maore information, including a full list of programs, visit our website at www.tamug.edu/seacamp.

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