Seaside Safari Summer Camp

Seaside Safari is an environmental day camp for children in grades K-5. Safari Stewards, offered during the summer only, is for grades 6-8.

Age: For grades K-5

Date: Weekly sessions from June 19-August 25, 2017

Time: 9am-3pm; drop-off begins at 8:30am

Full week: $290 member/$320 non-member

Session 3: $174 members /$192 non-members (3 days only)

Per day: $58 member/$64 non-member (session 1 only)

Pre-care: $12 per day (begins at 7:30am)

After-care: $15 per day (until 5:30pm)

You must have a family membership valid through June 2017 to take advantage of the member rate.


About Safari Camp

Seaside Safari Camp is a fun-filled learning adventure that takes advantage of the natural classroom just outside our doors in historic, 135-acre Odiorne Point State Park. The Center’s hands-on exhibits, scientific instruments, and teaching technology of the Gregg Interactive Learning Studio, help to reinforce what campers learn outdoors. Lessons, activities, art projects, games, and stories combine for a full day of learning, excitement and fun!

Children are grouped by grade they are currently in:

Kindergarten: Periwinkles
Grade 1: Sea Stars
Grades 2-3: Green Crabs
Grades 4-5: Seafarers

Weekly Themes

Session 1, June 19-23:  Ocean Food Webs (by the day or the week)

From the ocean’s surface to the deep sea, we’ll explore how the sun’s energy is passed from plants to animals in amazing ocean food webs. How does our Gulf of Maine food web differ from that of a coral reef or the chilly waters of the arctic? How are these connections changing over time? Join us to learn the answers to these questions and more!

Session 2, June 26-June 30: 25th Birthday Celebration!

Celebrate 25 years of Seaside Safari Camp with us! We’re bringing back some of our all time favorite activities from the past 25 years, including Tide Pool Olympics, The Total Experiment Experience, and the Great Blue Whale-a-thon. And, some of our most popular special guests will be back to add to the fun too! Come ready to get your hands and feet wet!

Session 3, July 5-7: Sharks, Skates and Rays (3 day session)

During these three awesome days, you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about sharks, skates and rays. We’ll touch live chain catsharks and little skates (closely related to rays), observe our aquarium animals being fed squid, and head outdoors to play fun games including Spotted Eagle Ray and Stinger Tag.

Session 4, July 10-14: Lighthouses, Legends, Pirates and More!

Through fun hands-on activities, we’ll discover the fascinating history of the Seacoast. From the Native Americans who gathered food along our coast long ago, to the lobsterman hauling traps today, we’ll take a salty trip through time. On Friday, we’ll dedicate the day to all things PIRATE!

Session 5, July 17-21: Terrific Tide Pools!

Odiorne’s shore has dozens of tide pools waiting to be explored. Get up close with crabs, sea stars, periwinkles and more! We’ll discover some of the amazing adaptations that these animals use to survive in an ever-changing environment. You’ll even get to design your own tide pool creature, complete with its own special adaptations!

Session 6, July 24-28: Art in Nature

The natural world is filled with wonderful patterns, shapes, colors and designs. We’ll uncover some of nature’s artwork while exploring the park and create some of our own amazing art. Guest artists will join us throughout the week, to add color and expertise to the experience!

Session 7, July 31-August 4: Growing up on the Rocky Shore

This week we’ll learn about the life cycles of tide pool creatures and the amazing changes and challenges these animals go through while growing up on the rocky shore. Using magnifiers and microscopes, we’ll take a closer look at the critters in their juvenile stages and fully-grown adult stages; sometimes they looking strikingly different!

Session 8, August 7-11: Super Science Experiments!

Scientists design and conduct experiments to better understand the world around them. We’ll spend the week conducting our own wild and watery experiments to get down to the bottom of some of the ocean’s mysteries. Come be a Jr. scientist for a week!

Session 9, August 14-18: Eco-Week with Tide Pooling

What can you do to make Earth and its ocean a cleaner, healthier place? This week we will examine how humans affect the health of our planet. Through fun hands-on projects, we’ll learn about recycling, wise energy use, smart shopping and more. We’ll also have plenty of time to get our feet wet exploring the tide pools!

Session 10, August 21-25: Caring for Marine Mammals

We’ll begin the week with fun hands-on activities that teach about whales, dolphins, seals, and other marine mammals. Later in the week we’ll hear from guest presenters who will tell us about the work they do to protect the health of these animals, and what we can do to help. On Friday, we’ll take a walk through our new inflatable Blue Whale!

How to Register

To register online, click the button for the grade your child is currently in. Then, choose among the sessions offered. You may also download a printable brochure and registration form.

Please note: registration opens January 15 for members; February 1 for non-members.

K: Periwinkles

Gr. 1: Sea Stars

Gr. 2-3: Green Crabs

Gr. 4-5: Seafarers

Become a Member

Members of the Center are entitled to reduced camp prices and early summer camp registration. Membership must be active as of June 2017 to receive the discount for Summer Camp. Click here to learn more about all the great member benefits, join, or renew your membership.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations that are made prior to two weeks before your child’s first day of camp begins will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given after that time.

Camp Fund

The Center has created a Camp Fund to offer financial assistance to those otherwise unable to attend. We encourage your support of this fund; please make a donation when you register or donate now. Your contributions are tax deductible.

Confirmation, Guidelines, and Medical Health Forms

You will receive a confirmation packet by email, which includes session registration confirmation, camp guidelines, and required permissions and medical health forms.

You can also print the guidelines and required forms packet and the required medical health forms here. The physician’s health form requires your child’s physician’s signature. We must have a current, signed, completed health form two weeks prior to your child’s first day of camp or your child cannot attend. 


Contact Henry Burke at 603-436-8043, ext. 16 or [email protected].

Summer camp is also available for:

Ages 3.5-5: Treks 4 Tots

Grades 6-8: Stewards

Celebrating 25 years of camp!

Purchase a 25th Anniversary Commemorative 24 oz. Nalgene Water Bottle ($15) when you register and an pick it up when your child comes to camp! These limited edition, PBA-free, made-in-the-USA, reusable bottles are so available in our Nature Store, while supplies last!