Marine Science Summer Camps

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Marine Science Summer Camps

Your child will always remember their summer camp experience at DEI, exploring the natural environment of Great Wass Island, collecting specimens from our tide pools, and learning how to care for the marine environment.   Each day brings an opportunity to discover something new at the rocky shore.

2021 Summer Offerings (FREE!)

Bring a group of up to 10 family and friends and join us at DEI for a Family and Friends Summer Special. There are two offerings this summer:

  • Downeast Institute Experience with a shellfish hatchery and marine touch tank tour, as well as a rocky shore exploration.
  • Vanishing Art Session with artist Dayan Moore on Tuesday, August 3rd (times to be determined)   

Downeast Institute Experience  – 10 sessions available*

Wednesday, July 28

  • Morning session: 9:30 to 11:00am
  • Afternoon session: 1:30 to 3:00pm – FULL

Wednesday, August  4

  • Morning session: 9:30 to 11:00am – FULL
  • Afternoon session: 1:30 to 3:00pm – FULL

Wednesday, August 11

  • Morning session: 9:30 to 11:00am
  • Afternoon session: 1:30 to 3:00pm

Tuesday, August 24

  • Morning session:  9:30 to 11:00am – FULL
  • Afternoon session: 1:30 to 3:00pm – FULL

Wednesday, August 25

  • Morning session: 9:30 to 11:00am – FULL
  • Afternoon session: 1:30 to 3:00pm – FULL

We will spend 45 minutes inside for a tour of the shellfish hatchery where many different species of juvenile shellfish are raised and explore our marine touch tank where a variety shellfish and finfish native to eastern Maine reside. We will also spend 45 minutes along DEI’s rocky intertidal shore, exploring tidepools and even more marine life. Suitable clothing is a must for the shore trip – sturdy “old” shoes, sneakers or calf-length boots, “play” clothes, a sun hat, and sunscreen.  In the event of heavy rain/thundershowers, inside activities will be offered instead of a shore trip.

If you wish, you may bring a picnic or snacks and take a short break on your own at a designated outside area after the morning or afternoon session.  We will try to be as flexible as we can to accommodate your visit.  If you wish to choose just one activity on the day you come to DEI, that is fine with us!

Vanishing Art Session – Tuesday, August 3, 11:45am- 4:00pm.

  • with artist Dayan Moore (must be at least 8 years old).

Soft-shell “steamer” clams are an iconic part of Maine’s coastal culture. Unfortunately, as the Gulf of Maine has warmed, predation, especially by invasive green crabs, on clams has increased.  To bring attention to the jeopardy the clam and the clam fishery faces we will build larger-than-life sculptures of a soft-shell clam and its major predator, the green crab, out of natural materials found on the beach. The sculptures will eventually wash away with the wind and tides, representing the possibility that Maine will lose our iconic fishery due to the effects of climate change. This event will take place at the rocky shore; please dress accordingly.

Questions? Or to register for your spot, contact Colleen Haskell at chaskell@downeastinstitute.org or 207-259-2051.  She will contact you to confirm your time and choices.  You may choose one or both events in a session from the dates listed above. Spaces are limited so schedule early.

*Limit of 10 people per session; Face masks will be worn by DEI education staff during your visit;  Face masks are required for all members of your group, which must include at least one adult.

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