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Sea Camp

Sea Camp is a week-long residential adventure exploring the wonders of the marine and estuarine environments for campers ages 10-18
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Sea Camp Business Office (8am-5pm Monday-Friday)
(409) 740-4525
seacamp@tamug.edu

Sea Camp Dorm Office (Summer Months only)
(409) 740-4759

Please call the dorm office on the weekend if you have questions about camper drop-off or pick-up or after 5pm during the week if you have a camper on campus and need to speak to Sea Camp staff.

Adventures in Marine Biology ($940)    

Ages 10-12

May 31-June 6;   July 5-11;   June 7-13;   July 12-18;   June 14-20;   July 19-25

Ages 13-14

June 21-27

Join us on an adventure of a lifetime exploring and studying the marine life of Galveston Bay! Get ready for a hands-on and feet-in experience learning about sharks, sea turtles, whales, dolphins, bony fish, oysters, and mudbugs! Explore environments by seining in a salt marsh, searching for life in an oyster reef, dissecting a shark and a bony fish, and trawling in the Galveston Ship Channel from a research vessel while we search for bottlenose dolphins.

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Sharks & More ($995)    

Ages 10-12 

June 14-20;   July 5-11;   July 19-25


Ages 13-14

June 21-27

Have you ever wanted to learn more about sharks? What about the difference between sharks and other types of fish, or what about the truth behind shark attacks? Discover the amazing world of sharks, rays, and more. Observe live sharks at an aquarium. Learn to identify sharks based on their teeth and make your very own shark tooth necklace! Dissect a shark and compare its anatomy with that of a bony fish.

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Coral, Crabs, & Cephalopods ($940)    

Ages 11-12
July 26-Aug. 1

Submerge into the world of coral reefs, the most diverse and productive communities on Earth. Learn about types of corals & reefs, their locations, inhabitants, and how some are in danger. Additional activities include a squid dissection, research vessel trip, wetlands center excursion, crabbing, and a field trip to Moody Gardens.

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Coastal Ecology ($995)    

Ages 12-15
May 31-June 6;    June 7-13;    June 14-20;     July 5-11;    July 19-25

Learn about the marine ecology of the Galveston Bay area. Explore the sandy beach, salt marsh, jetty, and bay ecosystems. Have fun bird watching, swimming, and dissecting sharks & turtles. Experience what it is like to be a marine biologist for a day working behind the scenes at an aquarium. Go dolphin watching on a cruise across Galveston Bay and fish for flounder, redfish, and seatrout.

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Advanced Coastal Ecology ($995)    

Ages 14-16
June 21-27

Learn about marine and freshwater ecology of Texas by exploring habitats of the Gulf of Mexico and nearby freshwater systems. Paddle the Cypress swamp of the lower Trinity River and spend a half-day saltwater fishing at the Bolivar Roads channel jetties with Williams Charter Boats. Visit Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson, TX, and learn the biology and business of saltwater fish hatcheries and the life cycle of red drum. Hike the birding trails at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory and immerse yourself in their wetlands and birding workshops.

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Fishing Camp ($995)    

Ages 13-18
May 31-June 6;    June 7-13;     June 14-20

Learn about the marine and estuarine environments through fishing. Catch your bait. Experiment with lures. Tie knots. Improve your cast. Enjoy fishing excursions to the bay, beachfront (pier, wade, & surf fishing) and offshore. Compare the environments in which you fished and the catch from each location. Study the food chain through fish stomach content analyses. Visit a fish hatchery.

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Marine Mammal Workshop ($995)    

Ages 15-18

June 21-27;     July 19-25;     July 26-Aug. 1

Gain a broad overview of issues facing marine mammals while developing a greater appreciation for their biology. Study a wide range of marine mammal topics from behavior to physiology to conservation. With the cooperation of the marine mammal research programs at TAMUG and agencies such as the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, this camp offers the cutting edge of marine mammal science. Swimming with dolphins is not included or promoted!

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Sea Turtle Conservation & Research ($995)    

Ages 15-18

July 5-11

July 26-Aug. 1

Explore Western Gulf sea turtle research and conservation efforts relative to similar efforts around the world. Threatened and endangered sea turtle populations have recovered significantly with conservation and research efforts in the past four decades. Kayak the Port Aransas Lighthouse Lakes Paddle Trail venturing into mangrove and seagrass ecosystems in search of green sea turtles and diamondback terrapins. Survey green sea turtles at the Port Aransas jetties. This camp includes overnights in the Port Aransas - Corpus Christi and a Kemp’s ridley hatchling release (if nature permits). Investigate and present current sea turtle research questions with your fellow campers.

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Ocean Careers Awareness ($995)    

Ages 15-18
June 21-27

Combines hands-on experiences relating to careers in the marine environment with introductions to professionals in a wide variety of careers. TAMUG faculty offer numerous opportunities to explore career options while assisting in the lab or field. Additional meetings are arranged with agencies such as NOAA, Moody Gardens, the UT Medical Branch, & the Coast Guard. Schedule is based on the interest of those enrolled.

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Coastal Photography ($995)    

Ages 13-18

May 31-June 6    Photography for Beginners

Use your own digital camera to learn how to see and photograph scenes in color and black and white. Learn the best time to take black and white pictures and how to shoot stark, dramatic black and white portraits.  

 June 7-13            Advanced Photography

Using your own digital camera, create special effects by using long exposures and alternate white balance. 

Using your own ideas and imagination, photographically illustrate a one-word theme. Learn how to “see photographs” and about the ideal time of day to take pictures referred to as the "golden hour". 

Frame scenes using "the rule of thirds".  Use vellum paper to diffuse your pop-up camera flash. Use a white plastic yogurt container to soften the light from your on camera flash.  Learn how to paint with light using LED flashlights.  

June 14-20         Cell Phone Photography

In recent years the quality of cameras inside cell phones have become amazingly good.  Point-and-shoot cameras are very seldom used now since most everyone carries a cell phone.  With that in mind, this course is about learning photography using just the camera in your cell phone.  What that means is that with cell phones, you no longer need to learn all that technical camera stuff like aperture, shutter speed, etc., however, it still will benefit you to learn the photography stuff.  Learn how to “see photographs” and about the ideal time of day to take pictures referred to as the "golden hour". 

July 5-11            Digital Art

Campers will look closely at the relationship between art and photography with an emphasis on strong design elements, special effects, and saturated color.  By using select focus, campers will produce striking art photographs from common scenes and objects.  Campers will sharpen their photographic eye and learn to "see photographs” and will take complex scenes and reduce them to their simplest form. 

July 12-18          Photo-Journalism

Using your own digital camera, learn how to shoot photographs around Galveston for news media and magazines.  

Get your images published on websites, blogs, magazines and online news services.  Learn how to quickly and efficiently edit you own digital images. Shoot an environmental portrait aboard the USS Cavalla Submarine or USS Stewart Destroyer Escort.   Discuss images of Hurricane Ike for news content and interest. Photograph adoptable kittens and dogs at the Galveston Island Humane Society.

 For information on the instructor visit www.mihovil.com.

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Ocean Conservation Camp ($995)    

Ages 14-18
June 7-13

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! The ocean needs your help! Explore and discover problems and solutions to overcoming our expanding carbon footprint. Join us as we learn about plastic pollution and its effects on the ocean food chain, trash islands formed by gyres, local endangered species, habitat loss through a restoration project, and so much more! Students will also design a sculpture using recycled materials! Let’s make a wave of change this summer!

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Biology of the Sea Turtle ($995)    

Ages 13-14

June 14-20

June 21-27

Explore sea turtle biology & ecology on the coast of Texas. Five of the 7 species of sea turtles worldwide occur in our Gulf of Mexico. Observe the feeding ecology of wild green sea turtles at Port Aransas jetties & witness a Kemp’s ridley hatchling release on
North Padre Island (when available). Meet & visit biologists at TAMUG, Padre Island National Seashore, & the Texas State Aquarium. Venture into the Upper Laguna Madre for water activities. Dissect a freshwater turtle. Gain a greater understanding of issues concerning endangered & threatened marine species.

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Ecotourism: Costa Rica ($2700)    

Ages 15-18
July 10-18 - FULL WITH WAITLIST


Passport required! Costa Rica is a tropical paradise unmatched by any other Central American country. Join us as we travel across Costa Rica from the beautiful Pacific coast to the Arenal Volcano in northern Costa Rica. We will explore the rainforest ecosystem of the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, kayak the Damas mangrove, study reef fish, & visit beautiful Pacific coast beaches. Our trip continues to Texas A&M’s Soltis Center for Research & Education. Students will see the rainforest ecosystem of the Arenal Volcano, study amphibians & reptiles, & take a safari down a tropical river. This camp involves hiking, kayaking, and a moderate fitness level is recommended.

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TAG: Marine Biology Research ($995)    

Ages 14-18

May 31-June 6
July 12-18

Discover marine biology by exploring the diverse habitats of Galveston Island. Wade in the salt marshes of Galveston Bay while searching for bio-diversity & learn why this environment is a valuable resource. Work alongside TAMUG graduate students to collect pelagic & benthic organisms. Take a trip aboard a research vessel. Learn about marine mammals of the Gulf of Mexico. Design an original research project and presentation. This course is designed for students seeking field experience in the marine environment.

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TAG: Marine Science Research ($995)    

Ages 14-18

July 19-25

Marine science researchers concentrate on physical, chemical, & geological science aspects of marine, estuarine, & coastal environments. A survey of recent TAMUG marine science grads who entered a professional career shows that many of them are currently working in the offshore petroleum exploration & production industry. This course covers careers in marine science, wetlands transects, water & sediment sampling, the pros & cons of artificial reefs, offshore petroleum exploration, remote sensing technology, density dynamics, & environmental law. Students will also design an original research project and presentation.

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TAG: Marine Engineering ($995)    

Ages 14-18

July 12-18

Much like the Marine Engineering Technology degree offered at TAMUG, this camp introduces campers to an interdisciplinary education in marine propulsion & maritime-related engineering. It explores Maritime Systems Engineering through topics such as fluid mechanics, naval architecture, structural design, & coastal engineering. Campers engage in several hands-on building activities & competitions, get exposure to marine engineering labs at TAMUG & interact with TAMUG engineering students & staff. Field trips may include: TAMUG training ship & simulator, Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum, & NASA.

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TAG: Veterinary Medicine ($995)    

Ages 14-18

June 7-13
July 19-25
July 26-Aug 1

Would you like to practice veterinary medicine someday? Why not get a head start this summer? Vet-med camp is the perfect camp for you if you are interested in helping animals. Spend a week touring large and small animal vet practices to help you decide which you like best. Visit laboratory animal medicine facilities, learn about zoo medicine, and explore animal welfare facilities. Discuss your future with vets, technicians, trainers, rehabilitators, and behaviorists who share your passion for helping our furry, fluffy, and feathered friends!

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TAG: Pre-Med ($995)    

Ages 16-18 only

July 5-11

July 12-18

This week-long session is designed to expose serious students to different aspects of medical sciences. Gain an appreciation for a pathologist’s perspective by participating in a virtual autopsy! Discover the difference that doctors & therapists make in a child’s life at Shriners Hospital for Children. Tour the University of Texas Medical Branch Medical School and hear advice from admission counselors and current students. This camp is created for students with a serious passion for helping others & a high interest in pursuing a career in the medical field. The camp consists of private tours of real labs, treatment centers, & working clinics. All field trips tentative pending doctor/facility availability.

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Summer 2020: Schedule at a Glance    

Week 1: May 31-June 6

  • Adventures in Marine Biology Ages 10-12
  • Coastal Ecology Ages 12-15
  • Fishing Camp Ages 13-18
  • Coastal Photography for Beginners Ages 13-18
  • TAG: Marine Biology Research Ages 14-18

Week 2:  June 7-13

  • Adventures in Marine Biology Ages 10-12
  • Coastal Ecology Ages 12-15
  • Fishing Camp Ages 13-18
  • Coastal Photography Advanced Ages 13-18
  • Ocean Conservation Camp Ages 14-18
  • TAG: Veterinary Medicine Ages 14-18

Week 3: June 14-20

  • Adventures in Marine Biology Ages 10-12
  • Coastal Ecology Ages 12-15
  • Fishing Camp Ages 13-18
  • Sharks and More Ages 10-12
  • Biology of the Sea Turtle Ages 13-14
  • Cell Phone Photography Ages 13-18

Week 4: June 21-27

  • Adventures in Marine Biology Ages 13-14
  • Sharks and More Ages 13-14
  • Biology of the Sea Turtle Ages 13-14
  • Advanced Coastal Ecology Ages 14-16
  • Ocean Careers Awareness Ages 15-18

Week 5: July 5-11

  • Adventures in Marine Biology Ages 10-12
  • Coastal Ecology Ages 12-15
  • Sharks and More Ages 10-12
  • Coastal Photography: Digital Art Ages 13-18
  • Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Ages 15-18
  • TAG: Pre-Medicine Ages 16-18

Ecotourism of Costa Rica

  • Ages 15-18
    Dates: July 10-18

Week 6: July 12-18

  • Adventures in Marine Biology Ages 10-12
  • Coastal Photography Photo-Journalism Ages 13-18
  • TAG: Marine Biology Research 14-18
  • TAG: Marine Engineering Ages 14-18
  • TAG: Pre-Medicine Ages 16-18

Week 7: July 19-25

  • Adventures in Marine Biology Ages 10-12
  • Coastal Ecology Ages 12-15
  • Sharks and More Ages 10-12
  • Marine Mammal Workshop Ages 15-18
  • TAG: Marine Science Research Ages 14-18
  • TAG: Veterinary Medicine Ages 14-18

Week 8: July 26-August 1

  • Corals Crabs and Cephalopods Ages 11-12
  • Marine Mammal Workshop Ages 15-18
  • Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Ages 15-18
  • TAG: Veterinary Medicine Ages 14-18

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