SeaCamps - 2015

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Our 2015 Summer Science SeaCamps for grades 5 – 9 offer boat-based education, field studies, science + art activities, creative problem solving…science as never experienced before!

In 2015 the Seaport will offer TWO Summer Science SeaCamps:

The Seaport’s 2015 Summer Science SeaCamps reaches students in a new way, bringing science to life with land-based activities at the Seaport, boat-based trips and bus outings to local beaches and various environmental restoration and monitoring sites. SeaCamps foster a personal connection with marine life so that students become environmental stewards, take better care of their natural habitat, and learn about the scientific process.

Session I – Summer Science SeaCamp – grades 7, 8 and 9 - FULL - no additional registrations will be taken!
August 3-7, 2015 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, $195

Session II – Summer Science SeaCamp – grades 5 and 6 - FIVE SPOTS LEFT!
August 10-13, 2015 – 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, $170


Session I:

The Seaport’s Summer Science SeaCamp Session I, part of our Science on the Sea Program, fosters a passion for learning and a deep appreciation for the natural environment. Our 2015 SeaCamp for grades 7, 8 and 9 has the theme “Marine Field Investigations – Using Marine Environments to Answer Mysterious Questions.” Campers will be challenged to solve a "problem" of their own creation as they explore local marine habitats. Boat days will include exploration, scientific research and creative problem solving.

This SeaCamp offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that embraces field science activities and engages participants in critical-thinking to address real world issues – a week full of thrilling and unusual experiences!

Campers will participate in the following activities:

  • Explore hands-on field investigations
  • Collect water quality samples and data for research
  • Conduct plankton tows
  • Learn to plot GPS/GIS mapping
  • Perform scientific “pollution” experiments
  • Learn about marine organisms and ecosystem dynamics, ocean currents, waves
  • Turn science results into art…pure magic

Session II:

The Foss Waterway Seaport has available for 2015 one fully funded SeaCamp scholarship (scholarship a $170 value) and two half funded scholarships (value $85 with balance due of $85) for Session II only. Application

The Seaport's Summer Science SeaCamp Session II is titled "Marine Biology All Week Long!" This camp, perfect for students going into 5th or 6th grade, will be four days full of experiences based around marine life located in Puget Sound. We will have low tides all week long - great for beach studies that will include observing and appreciating the diversity of local Puget Sound habitats.

This camp will give campers a chance to investigate local marine life up close and personal both in their nature settings and in the Seaport's instructional touch tanks. On our boat day, campers will be able to talk to divers during in a live dive component as the divers explore the world below our research vessel. The divers will collect samples for campers to study and identify.

Campers will participate in the following activities:

  • Study marine life in their natural settings
  • Build working models of some of marine “critters”
  • Conduct experiments to understand how mussels can be natural pollution cleaners
  • Participate in hands-on field investigations
  • Discover the difference types of plankton
  • Eat foods from the sea
  • Explore marine food webs, including marine mammals


Download the registration form below for your desired session plus Release of Liability and Photo Release Forms.
To pay by mail - send forms plus check to Foss Waterway Seaport, 459-A East 15th Street, Tacoma, WA 98421.
To pay by credit card - please call 253.272.2750 x100 and ask for Vickie Glastetter.
To Fax forms - 253.272.3023
SESSION I - Science SeaCamp for Grades 7, 8, 9 Registration Form
SESSION II - Science SeaCamp for Grades 5, 6 Registration Form
Foss Waterway Seaport Release of Liability (All Campers)      Foss Waterway Seaport Photo Release (All Campers)

Cancellation policy

In case of cancellations, refunds of registration fees less $100 will be given until the cancellation deadline, which is two weeks before each SeaCamp begins. After the cancellation deadline, no refunds will be given. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to having your camper join us!  

Session I August 3-7, 2015 for Grades 7, 8, 9 — Cancellation deadline is July 20.

Session II August 10-13, 2015 for Grades 5, 6 — Cancellation deadline is July 27.


Contact jan [dot] adams [at] fosswaterwayseaport [dot] org (Jan Adams).