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 17-August 23, 2019
Time: 9am-3pm; drop-off begins at 8:30am
Full week: $300 member/$325 non-member
Session 3: $180 members /$195 non-members (3 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:
Grade 1: Sea Stars
Grades 2-3: Green Crabs
Grades 4-5: Seafarers
Session 1, June 17-21: Have to Have a Habitat (by day or week)
Every living thing has a special place to call home. We’ll explore the many habitats of Odiorne Point State Park, from the rocky shore to the salt marsh. Design your own micro-habitat and build a shelter of natural materials in the forest. What is needed to make a good home? Join us and find out!
Session 2, June 24-28: Terrific Tide Pooling
Odiorne’s shore has dozens of tide pools waiting to be explored. We’ll learn about the amazing adaptations tide pool creatures and algae use to survive in an ever-changing environment. Design your own tide pool creature, complete with its own special adaptations!
Session 3, July 1-3: Super Science Experiments (by day or for 3 days)
Join us as we learn how scientists conduct experiments and what tools they use to get answers to their questions. How do their discoveries make the world a better place? We’ll get hands on and conduct some of our own experiments, using some cool scientific tools at the Center to investigate the ocean just outside our doors.
Session 4, July 8-12: Growing up in the Tide Pools
To the tide pools we go, searching for sea stars, urchins, crabs and more! We’ll discover how life begins for these creatures that live between the tides and learn how they develop as they grow older. Did you know young barnacles float around before finding a rock to call home?
Session 5, July 15-19: Art in Nature
The natural world is filled with wonderful patterns, shapes, colors and designs. We’ll explore and uncover some of nature’s artwork. We’ll also create some amazing art ourselves and guest artists will join us to teach their craft. Each day you’ll take home a masterpiece, inspired by nature!
Session 6, July 22-26: Survival of the Fishest
Life in the wild is filled with challenges. If you’re not looking for a meal, you’re doing everything in your power not to become one. We’ll learn about predator and prey relationships in the ocean and in the different habitats of Odiorne Point State Park. Join us for some fun “Gotcha!” games in the great outdoors!
Session 7, July 29-August 2: History’s Mysteries
Through hands-on activities, we’ll take a deep dive into the fascinating history of our seacoast and the Gulf of Maine. We’ll hear tales of pirates who plied the shores, Native Americans who fished here long ago, and discuss how lobstering has changed over time. Explore the park and learn how this location was once a WWII fort. Close the week by joining us on a treasure hunt to unlock some of history’s mysteries!
Session 8, August 5-9: Blue Stewards
What can you do to help make the Earth and our one World Ocean a cleaner and healthier place for all? This week, we will examine how our actions effect the health of our Blue Planet. Through fun hands-on projects, we’ll learn about the three R’s, wise energy use, smart shopping, and more!
Session 9, August 12-16: Have You Seen Baleen?
From the smallest marine mammal to the largest, we’ll learn about the adaptations that air-breathing mammals such as whales, seals and dolphins use to survive and thrive in the sea. Our Marine Mammal Rescue team members will tell us about the work they do to protect marine mammals and what you should do if you spot a seal on the beach.
Session 10, August 19-23: Summer’s End Ocean Palooza
Our counselors will choose from campers’ favorite topics and activities from the summer for this week. Activities such as tide pooling, science experiments, park exploration, and pirate tales are sure to make the list. Come celebrate summer’s end with fun games and activities. This is a session you don’t want to miss!
How to Register
Please note: registration opens January 15 for members; February 1 for non-members.
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].
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 for your registration.
Please download, the camp guidelines sheet and required permission forms and medical health forms. The physician’s health form (or child’s medical record sheet) 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.
Summer camp is also available for: