Safari Summer Camp

Registration opens at 9am on January 15th for members; February 1 for non-members.

  • Weekly Cost: $375 members, $425 non-members
  • 3-day Week (session 3): $225 member/$255 non-member
  • Pre-care: $15 per day (begins at 7:30am)
  • After-care: $25 per day (until 5:30pm)

You must have a 6 Star or Family Membership valid through your chosen camps dates to take advantage of the member rate.

Kids sitting on the floor of a gazebo at Summer safari camp

About Safari Camp

Safari camp programs are designed to stimulate your child’s curiosity about the natural world. Fun-filled activities support inquiry-based learning and motivate children to make choices to help conserve our Blue Planet. Our dedicated counselors ensure a safe, enriching, personalized experience for each camper.

Children are grouped by the grade they are currently in—the fall 2022-spring 2023 school year.

Kindergarten: Periwinkles

Grade 1: Sea Stars

Grades 2-3: Green Crabs

Grades 4-5: Seafarers

Weekly Themes

Session 1, June 19-23 Ocean Investigations

We’ll kick off the summer learning about all things ocean, from life at the surface, to the dark depths where fascinating creatures exist. What tools do scientists use to explore the ocean? Why is ocean conservation so important? Come find out!

Session 2, June 26-30 Terrific Tide Pooling!

Head out into the tide pools with us in search of crabs, sea stars, urchins, and more. We’ll learn about the amazing adaptations these rocky shore creatures have to survive in an ever-changing tidal environment.

Session 3, July 5-7 (3-Day Week) Super Science Experiments!

Join us as we learn about the scientific method and how scientists conduct experiments. We’ll conduct some exciting experiments of our own that will give us a better understanding of our blue planet.

Session 4, July 10-14 Rocky Shore Food Web

Explore the tide pools with us and get hands-on with rocky shore creatures as we learn how these animals get their energy to survive. We’ll discuss how invasive species along the coast affect the coastal food web.

Session 5, July 17-21 Art in Nature

Come celebrate patterns and designs found in nature and design your own work of art this week using natural items such as shells, sea glass, driftwood, and more. Special guest artists will visit camp this week to assist with making beautiful creations to take home.

Session 6, July 24-28 Growing up along the Shore

We’ll get our feet wet in the tide pools while learning about the life cycles of intertidal animals. See what a crab, sea star, and urchin look like as they begin their life as tiny plankton. Indoors, we’ll use magnifiers and microscopes to take a closer look these creatures as they mature into adulthood.

Session 7, July 31-August 4 Sharks and Ocean Predators

Come learn fascinating facts about sharks and other ocean predators, and get close up and personal with a live chain cat shark and moray eel as we feed them in our aquarium tanks! We’ll discuss the threats sharks face and what efforts are being taken to protect them.

Session 8, August 7-11 Odiorne’s Habitats: Sandy Beach to Rocky Shore

We’ll explore the different habitats of Odiorne Point State Park and learn about the plants and animals that call the Park home. We’ll also learn about the habitat restoration work taking place in the Park and what is being done to battle invasive species.

Session 9, August 14-18 Historical Happenings: Sailors, Fishermen, Pirates and More!

We’ll set out on the Park’s trails to visit its historical landmarks and learn about how life along our coast and on the sea has changed over the years. We’ll start the week learning about the Indigenous Peoples of the area, celebrate a Sailor/Pirate Day midweek with nautical activities, and wrap things up by learning about present day fisheries, hearing from a guest lobsterman.

Session 10, August 21-25 Marine Mammal Mania!

Seals, dolphins and whales, oh my! Come learn cool facts about these ocean animals that are more closely related to us than you may think. Outdoors, take part in a mock seal rescue with a member of our Marine Mammal Rescue team. Learn why marine mammal conservation is so important, and discover what you can do to help keep our one world ocean be healthy.

How to Register

To register online, click the button below, which will take you to our easy-to-use registration software, CampBrain. If you registered for camp via CampBrain in the past, your email address will be recognized. If not, you will be prompted to set up a new account. 

Confirmation, Medical Health Forms, Camper Guidelines, and other required forms

You will receive a confirmation email for your registration. Medical Health forms are now to be filled out and saved in your personal CampBrain (our new camp registration software) account. You will find information on camper guidelines and other required forms in CampBrain.

What to Bring & Other Important Information

Children should always come prepared with layers of warm outdoor clothing and boots. Please label all of your child’s belongings. We go outdoors, rain or shine, but focus on indoor activities during inclement weather. Please pack a peanut/tree nut-free lunch and snacks that do not require refrigeration.

Group of kids standing around lobster trap at Safari Summer Camp

Health and Safety Protocol

Please refer to our Health and Safety Protocol for Youth Programs Fall 2022-Winter 2023 for current details on the protocol and procedures followed for all youth programs in consideration of COVID-19. Be aware that there may be updates to our policies to ensure a safe environment as the community health crisis evolves or resolves. 

To reach the Camp Director while Camp is in session, please call 603-812-9425.

Become a Member

Members of SSC are entitled to reduced camp prices and early summer camp registration. Membership must be active through the date for which you are registering to be eligible for the discount. Click here to learn more about all the great member benefits, and 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 Scholarship Fund

The Center has created a Camp Scholarship Fund to offer financial assistance to those otherwise unable to attend. We encourage your support of this fund; please donate now

To apply for financial assistance, please contact Henry Burke, Camp Director, at h.burke@sscnh.org or 603-436-8043, ext. 16.

Trek Camp, two girls outside by tree

Questions?

Contact Henry Burke at 603-812-9425 or h.burke@sscnh.org.

Delayed opening today.

Seacoast Science Center will open at 11am today due to inclement weather.