Stewards Summer Camp

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

  • Weekly Cost: $425 members, $475 non-members
  • Daily Cost: $85 members, $95 non-members

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

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

Steward campers in marine lab.

About Stewards

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 engaging, productive outdoor activities.

The exact timings of field trips vary, and will be communicated by email well in advance. Transportation for most trips provided, with some exceptions. Wednesday Whale Watches out of Rye Harbor are 8:00 am drop off and 1:00 pick up at Rye Harbor, NH. Kayak week hours are 10:00-2:00 pm, with pick up and drop off at Odiorne Point State Park Boat Launch, Rye, NH.

Sessions

SESSION A: by the week onlyMarine Biology Week

Monday, June 24: Visit to UNH Marine Lab, Newcastle and Fort Foster tide-pool exploration, Kittery, ME.  

Tuesday, June 25: Visit to UNH Chase Lab, Durham, NH

Wednesday, June 26: Whale Watch, Granite State Whale Watch, Rye Harbor, NH.

Thursday, June 27: Exploration of Wells National Estuarine Reserve w/lab tour, Wells, ME

Friday, June 28: Intertidal Investigations, Seacoast Science Center, Rye, NH

SESSION B, by the day or by the week Eco-Trips

Monday, July 8 Mt. Major Hike, Alton, NH

Tuesday, July 9: Ipswich River Canoe tour, Topsfield, MA

Wednesday, July 10: Whale Watch, Granite State Whale Watch, Rye, NH

Thursday, July 11: Mt Agamenticus and Center for Wildlife, Cape Neddick, ME

Friday, July 12: Parker River Wildlife Refuge Ecology Program Joppa Flats with Audubon Center, Plum Island, MA

SESSION C: by the week only Coastal Investigations with the Gundalow Company

SSC campers will join campers from the Gundalow Company and spend three days exploring the tide pools and sandy beach of Odiorne Point State Park, and two days at Creek Farm, with trips aboard the Gundalow, PISCATAQUA. Campers will explore topics including invasive species, plankton sampling, water quality and oyster restoration, and enjoy other hands-on activities. Drop off and pick up times may vary this week.

SESSION D: by the day or by the week Coastal Kayaking

Come paddle NH’s coastal waters with us as we investigate the flora and fauna in and around our estuarine waters. Monday and Tuesday are suitable for new or less experienced paddlers, while Wednesday through Friday will be geared for campers with more kayaking experience. All equipment will be provided.

SESSION E: by the day or by the week Eco-Boat Week

Monday, August 5: Lobster Boat Tour, Finest Kind Cruises, Ogunquit, ME

Tuesday,  August 6: UNH Gulf Challenger Floating Lab, Newcastle, NH

Wednesday, August 7: Whale Watch, Granite State Whale Watch, Rye, NH

Thursday, August 8: Boat trip to Isles of Shoals, Rye, NH

Friday, August 9: Kayak Little Harbor, Rye, NH

SESSION F: by the week onlyEco-Sport Week

This week we will combine ecological beach investigations and stewardship activities including invasive species monitoring, water quality testing, plankton sampling, and beach clean-ups with fun sporty activities such as surfing, stand up paddle-boarding and snorkeling! All equipment and lessons will be provided

No pre-care or after-care is available for by-the-day field trips.

How to Register

Summer Camp registration opens at 9am on January 15 for members, February 1 for non-members. Not a member? Join today or when you register to take advantage of early registration and discounted fees. as well as may other great benefits.

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, or you can access them here

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.

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

Students preparing to go kayaking

Become a Member

Members of the Center 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.

Questions?

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

Seacoast Science Center will be CLOSED today: Friday, April 5, 2024. Our utilities are currently down and need to get repaired before we are able to open for visitors. Thank you for your understanding. 

CLOSED today.

Seacoast Science Center is closed today due to inclement weather.