Ocean First Institute prides itself on offering unique, hands-on ocean science summer camps for campers in elementary and middle school — this year will be no different, though our camps will run virtually. Our half-day Ocean Science, Marine Conservation, and Girls in Ocean Science summer camps will take place throughout the summer, hosted virtually on Zoom. With daily interactions with our trained staff and special guest speakers, creative at-home science activities, and a special kit of materials delivered to your home prior to camp (or available for pickup in Boulder 10 days prior to the camp start date), OFI is committed to providing an engaging, educational, and inspiring camp experience — even at a distance.


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: Zoom (secure & protected links provided 1 week before camp)

COST: $125/camp (or $225 for two camps)



Limited spaces available, so sign-up today! Partial and full scholarships available for those that qualify (scholarship application here). Registration for all camps will close one and a half weeks before the camp begins to allow time to create the supply kits. For more information or to register, email lauren(at)

Ocean First Institute 2020 Virtual Summer Camp Registration Form here
*Please note - download the form prior to filling out the registration details


Ocean First Institute Summer Camp features (see Virtual Camp FAQs for more details):

  • 1.5-2 hours per day of live, virtual interaction with our experienced, enthusiastic ocean science educators, scientists, and special guest speakers
  • 1-1.5 hours of offline, at-home activities that get your camper outside, moving, and experimenting!
  • All the materials needed for our at-home activities, available for pickup in Boulder or delivered to your doorstop (shipping is an additional fee)
  • Engaging, hands-on activities that are informative and fun (both during live sessions and offline)
  • Opportunities to explore a variety of STEM topics and careers in a fun, interdisciplinary environment
  • Individualized attention and small camp sizes (maximum of 15 camp members)
  • Additional activities, videos, and opportunities for exploring the ocean all summer long!


Ocean First Institute Summer Camp Schedule 2020


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


If you would like to support OFI's Summer Camp Scholarship Fund, and provide new opportunities for future ocean advocates and explorers, please donate here. Thank you!

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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 in a series of engaging guest-talks and activities - including investigating plankton from local waterways, building coral polyps from food, and exploring glaciers from afar! Camp members will learn from women scientists with unique experiences in shark research, marine conservation, sea turtle conservation, 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!


Virtual Girls in Ocean Science (3rd-5th) Summer Camp Schedule
Virtual Girls in Ocean Science (6th-8th) Summer Camp Schedule


June 8th-12th: 9 AM-12 PM (for students entering grades 3rd-5th)
July 6th-10th: 9 AM-12 PM (for students entering grades 3rd-5th)
July 6th-10th: 12:30-3:30 PM (for students entering grades 6th-8th)
Aug. 3rd-7th: 9 AM-12 PM (for students entering grades 6th-8th)

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Ocean Science

Ocean Science Summer Camp

Ocean First Institute offers a unique camp for hands-on, marine adventure — even while socially distanced! 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 creating your own coral reef ecosystem, “discovering" your own shark, and taking plankton samples from local water sources! Our camp fosters curiosity and creativity, providing you with opportunities to explore, discover, and value our marine habitats.


Virtual Ocean Science (3rd-5th) Summer Camp Schedule
Virtual Ocean Science (6th-8th) Summer Camp Schedule


June 22nd-26th: 9 AM-12 PM (for students entering grades 3rd-5th)
June 22nd-26th: 12:30-3:30 PM (for students entering grades 6th-8th)
July 20th-24th: 9 AM-12 PM (for students entering grades 3rd-5th)

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Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation Summer Camp

In this unique camp, you will get to work with conservation biologists and lifelong ocean stewards to learn about engaging and relevant marine conservation topics, such as climate change and plastic pollution. Campers will learn about the conservation issues facing our ocean today, whether testing their own blade designs on a wind turbine, creating edible water “bottles,” conducting sea level rise experiments, or 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

Virtual Marine Conservation Summer Camp Schedule


June 15th-19th: 12:30-3:30 PM
July 13th-17th: 9 AM-12 PM
July 27th-31st: 9 AM-12 PM