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 18-August 24, 2018

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

Full week: $300 member/$325 non-member

Session 3: $240 members /$260 non-members (4 days only)

Per day: $60 member/$65 non-member (session 1 & 3 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 your chosen camps dates 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 18-22: Tide Pool Treasures (by day or week)      

The tide is low and it’s time to head out to the tide pools of Odiorne Point State Park to see what we can find. We’ll search for crabs, urchins, sea stars and more, learning how these animals cope with the rise and fall of the tide. Join the fun!

Session 2, June 25-29: Year of the Reef!

Coral reefs are home to 25% of all marine life on the planet and 2018 is the 3rd International Year of the Reef. We’ll discover what ocean animals depend on coral reefs for their survival, and learn about the threats that reefs are facing. Outside, we’ll play fun games that help us to better understand these diverse ecosystems.

Session 3, July 2-6: Rocky Shore, Sandy Beach (by day or for all 4 days; no camp 7/4)

How does a rocky shore differ from a sandy beach? We’ll explore both to find out! Head out into Odiorne Point State Park with us to visit these two special habitats and get hands-on with the plants and animals that live there. Time to get our feet wet!

Session 4, July 9-13: Diving Deep! It’s Ocean Exploration Week

Come learn about the tools ocean scientists use to explore the depths of the ocean, and the mysteries they have uncovered, miles below the surface. Discover what unique creatures live at the bottom of the sea, and hear from a diver who will show us SCUBA gear and explain how SCUBA divers stay safe exploring the underwater world.

Session 5, July 16-20: Marine Mammal Mania                      

Whales, Dolphins and Seals, oh my! From the smallest marine mammals to the largest, we’ll learn about the adaptations that enable these air-breathing animals to survive and thrive with life at sea. Staff from our Marine Mammal Rescue Team will tell us about the work they do to protect marine mammals and what you should do if you come across a seal on the beach.

Session 6, July 23-27: Seaside Science Spectacular                                

Scientists have a method for figuring out the answers to their questions. This week we will all be scientists, and use this same method to answer some of our questions about the world we live in. Investigate goopy substances and get hands-on with scientific tools and equipment. Science rules!

Session 7, July 30-August 3: Habitat Art

Explore the many habitats of Odiorne Point State Park with us, gaining inspiration for a habitat work of art. Will your masterpiece reflect the calm of the salt marsh, or the toil of the waves on the rocky shore? Various artistic mediums will be available for our use, and guest artists will visit us throughout the week.

Session 8, August 6-10: Predators of the Sea and Shoreline

In the ocean game of life, it is often eat-or-be eaten! Come learn about the hunters of the sea and shoreline as we discuss shark senses, octopus venom and more. We’ll have plenty of time to play some fun predator games outside in the Park. What is your favorite ocean predator?

Session 9, August 13-17: H2O Today: Go Blue!

This week we will dive into our new H2O Today Smithsonian exhibit and its many interactive components, including Weather Machine II, H2O Under the Microscope, and Pump It Out! We’ll gain a better understanding of the importance of clean water in our lives and the effects of water on our climate and health of our blue planet. Outside, we’ll play fun water games to keep us cool.

Session 10, August 20-24: Life on the Sea: Sailors to Pirates  

There are many reasons people take to the sea, and there are many types of ocean-faring vessels. We’ll spend the week learning the ins-and-outs and ups-and-downs of a life at sea and how sailor and pirate ships have changed over the years. Come dressed as a Pirate on Friday, the last day of camp!


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.

If the session you are trying to register for is FULL, you can put your child’s name on the wait list by filling out a paper copy of the registration form, marking the sessions you are interested in with WL. No payment information necessary. Please return form by email or fax (603-433-2235) to Henry Burke, [email protected]

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. Your family membership must be valid through your chosen camp dates to receive the discount. 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 email, which includes session registration confirmation, camp guidelines, and a link to the required permissions and medical health forms.

You can 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 4-5: Treks 4 Tots

Grades 6-8: Stewards


SSC Ocean Zones Nalgene Water Bottle

Purchase a Seacoast Science Center Ocean Zones 24 oz. Nalgene Water Bottle ($10) when you register and an pick it up when your child comes to camp! These PBA-free, made-in-the-USA, reusable bottles are so available in our Nature Store, while supplies last!