***COVID-19 Update***

As of right now, our summer camps will run as scheduled. We are hopeful that the efforts to mitigate the virus will allow us to continue our summer programming without any changes, delays, or cancellations. We are following the recommendations set forth by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will continue to monitor the situation, assess risks, make informed decisions, and communicate with you all about any changes in the weeks ahead.


Ocean First Institute offers unique summer camps for hands-on ocean adventure, right in the mountains of Colorado! Available for students entering grades 3rd-8th, members can choose from several camps: Girls in in Ocean Science, Ocean Science, Marine Conservation, and Ocean Research & Technology. Camp members will swim through our "kelp forest" in the OF pool, virtually dive through coral reefs in Indonesia, build their own underwater robots or current/wind turbines, meet incredible marine biologists, and so much more! Each camp is run by staff scientists who will share their knowledge of the marine world, while instilling a sense of wonder for the ocean through interactive learning and fun!


WHO: Students entering grades 3rd-8th

WHEN: Monday to Friday select weeks from June 8th-August 7th
9 AM to 12 PM (AM camp) and/or 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM (PM camp)

WHERE: 3015 Bluff St., Boulder, CO

COST: $225/camp (save $55 when you sign up for 2 camps)



Limited spaces available, so sign-up today! Partial and full scholarships available for those that qualify (scholarship application here). For more information or to register, email lauren(at) Please note, payments and emails must go through Ocean First Institute, rather than the Ocean First dive shop. Thank you!

2020 Summer Camp Registration form here


Ocean First Institute Summer Camp features:

  • Engaging, hands-on activities that are informative and fun (including snorkel sessions!)
  • Opportunities to explore a variety of STEM topics and careers
  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and experienced instructors, including staff marine biologists
  • Individualized attention and small camp sizes (maximum 5:1 ratio with an average camp size of 10 camp members!)


Ocean First Institute Summer Camp Schedule 2020


"She loved the science, and the instructors. We will be back!!"
- Summer Camp Parent

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Girls in Ocean Science

Girls in Ocean Science Summer Camp

This exciting summer camp is dedicated to inspiring young girls interested in the sciences and our ocean. Camp members will get a chance to learn from female marine scientists and explorers (based right here in Colorado!) in a series of engaging activities - including investigating plankton from a local creek, building coral polyps from food, discovering how sea turtle biologists take measurements in the field, monitoring "coral" during a snorkel session, and more! Camp members will learn from women scientists with unique experiences in shark research, marine conservation, coral restoration, and more while learning about the ocean world and discovering how we can all make a positive difference for the environment. Our goal is to instill a sense of wonder and curiosity through interactive learning and fun!


Girls in Ocean Science Summer Camp Schedule


June 8th-12th: 9 AM-12 PM (for students entering grades 3rd-5th)
June 22nd-26th: 9 AM-12 PM (for students entering grades 3rd-5th)
July 13th-17th: 9 AM-12 PM (for students entering grades 6th-8th) -  4 SPOTS LEFT!
Aug. 3rd-7th: 9 AM-12 PM (for students entering grades 3rd-5th)

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Ocean Science

Ocean Science Summer Camp

Ocean First Institute offers a unique camp for hands-on, marine adventure, right in the mountains of Colorado! In this marine science summer camp, you will learn about the interconnectedness of our ocean, the coastal environment, and rivers and watersheds through engaging activities - including testing the water quality of local water samples, swimming through our pool "kelp forest", virtually diving in reefs around Indonesia, investigating and identifying shark tooth fossils, and more! Our camp fosters curiosity and creativity, providing you with opportunities to explore, discover, and value our marine habitats!


Ocean Science Summer Camp Schedule


July 6th-10th: 9 AM-12 PM (for students entering grades 3rd-5th)
July 20th-24th: 9 AM-12 PM (for students entering grades 6th-8th)

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Ocean Research & Technology

Ocean Research & Technology Summer Camp

In this exciting camp, you will get a chance to learn from marine biologists while discovering our ocean, and the vast technology being used today to better understand marine life and ocean processes. Camp members will build their own underwater robot and test it in the pool, create energy during a wave and current lab, investigate "ice core" samples, and even learn about shark laser photogrammetry from a world renowned shark biologist! Our camp shows the importance of investigating our ocean and how you can use technology to uncover, as well as protect, the marine world!

For students entering grades 4th-6th

Ocean Research & Technology Summer Camp Schedule


June 15th-19th: 9 AM - 12 PM
July 27th-31st: 9 AM - 12 PM

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Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation Summer Camp

In this unique camp, you will get to work alongside leading scientist mentors on exciting and relevant marine conservation topics, such as climate change and plastic pollution. Members will learn about the conservation issues facing our ocean today, through sampling microplastics from a local creek, testing their own blade designs on a wind turbine, creating their own edible water "bottles", and making their own ocean friendly soap! Discover how you can be a part of the solution and be a part of a growing movement of young marine conservationists!

For students entering grades 4th-8th

Marine Conservation Summer Camp Schedule


June 8th-12th: 12:30-3:30 PM
July 6th-10th: 12:30-3:30 PM