Stewards is a field-trip based program for children, grades 6-8, offered during the summer only.
Age: For grades 6-8
Time: 9am-3pm, unless otherwise noted
Full week of day trips: $350 member/$375 non-member
Per day trip: $70 member/$75 non-member
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 camp dates to take advantage of the member rate.
Stewards spend the day immersed in nature, learning about complex ecosystems, as well as how humans interact with and impact them. The goal of this program is to teach campers how to become responsible stewards of the natural environment through hands-on learning, interesting projects and productive outdoor activities.
SESSION A, JULY 9-13: ECO-EXPLORERS I
Monday, July 9: Browne Center Challenge Course, Durham, NH
Learn leadership and team building skills while challenging yourself to overcome obstacles on a challenge course.
Tuesday, July 10: Peaks Island Adventure, Portland, ME
We’ll take a short ferry ride to Peaks Island in Casco Bay. Once on the island, you’ll have the option of renting bikes or kayaks to explore this small island in groups, and then enjoy a stop at the ice cream parlor!
Wednesday, July 11: Whale Watch and Marine Mammals, Rye Harbor, NH
Come on a whale watch and discover some cool facts about the mammals of the Gulf of Maine.
Thursday, July 12: McLane Audubon Center, Concord, NH
Visit NH Audubon’s longest established nature center. The nature center has exhibits, live animals and several miles of hiking trails to take advantage of.
Friday, July 13: Great Bay Discovery Center, Greenland, NH & Mt. Agamenticus York, ME
At the Center, interactive displays about salt marsh farming, salmon migration, plankton, tides and research will teach us about the Great Bay Estuary. Heading to Mt. Agamenticus in Maine, we’ll discuss watershed health, after a short hike to the summit.
SESSION B, JULY 23-27: KAYAK WEEK
Come paddle Little Harbor, Great Bay, and our coastal rivers. Monday and Tuesday are best for paddlers with little or no kayaking experience; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are for experienced paddlers. All equipment is provided.
Session C, July 30-August 3: Build a SeaPerch
SeaPerch is an innovative program which leads campers the building and testing of a small underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The SeaPerch program provides campers with hands-on learning experience which incorporates robotics, engineering, science and mathematics.
SESSION D, AUGUST 13-17: ECO-EXPLORERS II
Monday, August 13: Take Flight High Adventure Ropes Course, York ME
Learn leadership and team building skills while challenging yourself to overcome obstacles on a ropes course.
Tuesday, August 14: Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals
We’ll visit the Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island to learn about the research taking place, future career opportunities, and then explore the island’s windswept trails.
Wednesday, August 15: Eco-Surf at Jenness Beach, Rye, NH
Help clean up a local beach and learn about wave physics while receiving a surf lesson. Wetsuits and surf gear are provided.
Thursday, August 16: Mt. Major, Alton, NH
A short hike up Mt. Major (1,785 feet) provides spectacular panoramic views of Lake Winnipesaukee. We’ll discuss watershed ecology on the way up!
Friday, August 17: Gregg Marine Research Complex, New Castle, NH & Gundalow Sail, Portsmouth, NH
Learn about ongoing research relating to marine life in the Gulf of Maine in areas ranging from ocean acidification to population biology, and take a sail on a historic gundalow, learning about the maritime history of the Piscataqua region. All hands on deck!
How to Register
To register online, click the button below. 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.
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.
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.
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:
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!