Sea Stars Marine Camp Offerings

MISSING SEA STARS MARINE CAMP THIS SUMMER?!

You can still learn about our natural marine and freshwater environments here on Long Island with our Cyber Camp Weeks! Sea Stars Marine Cyber Camp will provide the same lessons online while still providing activities that reduce screen time! Each session will include a scheduled week full of interactive live online lessons, games, virtual nature walks and seining, nature journaling, guest speakers from the marine and environmental fields, and social distancing car parades on-site!

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Due to the Novel Coronavirus/NYS PAUSE circumstances we will not be holding Marine Summer Camps on-site this summer to ensure the safety of both our campers and staff. If you have registered already you will be receiving a refund. We’re sure you are just as disappointed as we are that our camps will not be operating this summer, so in order to help stay connected to our campers we are working hard to create opportunities to bring camp to you! We are excited to announce that we will be making CCE Marine Camp Kits available. These kits will provide an opportunity for campers to still experience some of the activities and experiences we traditionally offer at camp, but in an at-home setting with opportunities for outdoor self-guided field explorations your family can take part in. Kits will include detailed daily schedules and everything needed to keep campers engaged for 3 hours per day for a 5-day camp week, and will also feature an opportunity to virtually interact with your favorite CCE Marine Program Camp Directors! For more information, and to pre-order your kit today please visit: https://www.ccemarinedigitaled.org/education-kits/pre-order-cce-marine-camp-kit

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Camp held at Cranberry Hill Environmental Center at Fuchs Pond Preserve, Northport

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Each day of Sea Stars Marine Camp is packed with hands-on activities, outdoor games, exciting arts & crafts and fun educational lessons about the environment!

Whether your child is passionate about marine biology or just wants to know more about Long Island’s fascinating marine wildlife, this camp is the perfect experience. Week-long sessions are designed to immerse campers into the world of marine science through hands-on learning experiences!

At the Camp Center, campers will observe and handle live marine animals and freshwater pond-life while learning about marine biology and environmental ecology. Every session is unique and will provide your camper with different marine or freshwater topics.

All sessions consist of guided nature walks through the Fuchs Pond Preserve, where campers will get a chance to explore our coastal woodlands and freshwater pond. Along the way, campers have the opportunity to collect and observe some of the wonderful creatures that call this Preserve home. Campers will also enjoy a trip to Northport’s local Asharoken Beach where they will experience seining, beach games and swimming.

Please see session descriptions for specifics about the theme and possible field trips!

Sessions run from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (unless otherwise stated)

SSMC Sea Trekkers

Sea Trekkers

All the fun of Sea Stars Marine Camp with an exciting approach to fishing! Your child will enjoy a fishing expedition aboard Captree’s Yankee III Fishing Vessel, whose Captain will show your camper all they need to know about knot tying, boat safety, and ocean conservation. We will also see what life we can find during bottom dredges! Campers will enjoy a full day of fishing on the south shore of LI. First timers are welcome!

Back on land at the Camp Center, campers will observe and interact with live marine animals and freshwater pond-life while learning about marine science and environmental ecology, fish ID, equipment care, and fishing conservation. Before the week is over your child will show great improvement in their fishing abilities along with an increased knowledge of our local waters and its creatures.

PRICE: $325/session/child (session 1) 
$375/session/child (session 2)

AGES: 6 - 8 & 9 - 11 (session 1)
9 - 11 only (session 2)

DATES:
Monday through Friday 9am - 2pm.
Except Fishing Trip Day 7/2 & 7/9
which runs from 9am - 3pm
No before or after care provided.

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SSMC Aquatic Investigators

Aquatic Investigators

Get ready to kick up the aquatic biology fun a few notches!

Whether your child is passionate about marine biology or just loves Long Island’s great outdoors, this course is a great introduction. This week is designed to immerse our older campers deep into the world of aquatic science through hands-on learning experiences! The program will introduce campers to sampling and research techniques used by biologists, survey skills, and marsh sampling for aquatic invertebrates and plankton. 

This week will also lead campers through an exciting fishing expedition aboard Captree’s Yankee III Fishing Vessel! Campers will learn all they need to know about fishing, boat safety, local fish biology and conservation! The Captain will lead us through an exciting bottom dredge where campers will investigate other local marine invertebrates!

PRICE: $375/session/child

AGES: 12 - 14 only

DATES:
Monday through Friday 9am - 2pm.
Except Fishing Trip Day 7/9 
which runs from 9am - 3pm   
No before or after care provided.

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SSMC Conservation Week

new sea star (2)  Conservation Week

Here at Sea Stars Marine Camp we love the water and all that inhabit it. Does your child sometimes wish they could do more to help our oceans and marine animals? Added due to popular demand, Conservation week will focus on marine animals that are in need of help! We will learn more about these animals from whales to sea turtles, and how we can help protect them. Special guests will visit the center to discuss Conservation efforts in Marine Science. Marine debris and pollution is one of the major threats that will also be discussed, followed by a beach clean-up…each camper will have the opportunity to become a young environmental steward of our waters!

PRICE: $325/session/child

AGES: 7 - 9 & 10 - 12

DATES:
Monday through Friday 9am - 2pm.
No before or after care provided.

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SSMC Shark Week

Shark Week

All the fun of Sea Stars Marine Camp with a focus on Sharks! Your child will explore the biology and ecology of these fascinating and misunderstood keystone predators. Through hands-on activities, campers will learn fun facts about sharks’ lives from their diets and teeth, to their habitats and conservation efforts.

It will also include a trip to the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead where campers are guided by educators in small groups through the exhibits.

PRICE: $375/session/child

AGES: 7 - 9 & 10 - 12

DATES:
Monday through Friday 9am - 2pm.
No before or after care provided.

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SSMC Deep Sea Week

new sea star (2)  Deep Sea Week

We’re leaving the warm surface waters and diving into the deep dark ocean…to explore more of the unknown! Added due to popular demand, campers will discover what animals live in the deep sea and their strange lifestyles within a dark world. This mysterious environment is also home to many BIOLUMINESCENT animals! Lantern fish, Bobtail squid, Anglerfish, Siphonophores, jellyfish and dinoflagellates…just to name a few. The most remote place on earth has an unimaginable abundance of life. Who’s ready to dive deep?!

We will emerge from the depths, to enjoy two trips to nearby Asharoken beach, where your child will explore the local beach & salt marsh environments. They will learn about the remarkable animals that live there and enjoy many beach activities to include seining, beach games and swimming.

PRICE: $325/session/child

AGES: 6 - 8 & 9 - 11

DATES:
Monday through Friday 9am - 2pm.
No before or after care provided.

Session 6: 

SSMC Sea Stars Week

Sea Stars Week

Each day is packed with hands-on activities, outdoor games, exciting arts & crafts and fun facts about our local aquatic habitats. Campers will observe and interact with live marine animals and freshwater pond-life during guided nature walks through the Preserve.

NEW! We will also take a trip to the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium to learn more about the extensive collection of fishes, amphibians and reptiles native to New York State!

PRICE: $375/session/child

AGES: 6 - 8 only

DATES:
Monday through Friday 9am - 2pm.
No before or after care provided.

Session 7: 


SSMC Freshwater Investigators

new sea star (2)  Freshwater Investigators

Aquatic Biology isn’t just saltwater, its freshwater too! This new course offers older campers an introduction into Long Island’s freshwater world. Freshwater Investigators is designed to immerse your child’s passion for ponds, lakes, and streams. This program will include nature walks to Fuchs Pond Preserve, kicked up a few notches…we will identify plant and bird life (and everything in-between) along the way. We will conduct a Pond study on Macroinvertebrates throughout the week, to better understand the water quality of Fuchs Pond. This new research opportunity will allow campers a first-hand experience in learning how to set up an experiment, collect data, and analyze their findings! Leaf-pack data collection, microscope analysis, and macroinvertebrate identification, are a few of the new techniques we will learn while exploring this productive freshwater ecosystem.

This session will help your child understand how all waterways are interconnected, understanding the full scope of Long Island’s marine life!

NEW! We will also take a trip to the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium to learn more about the extensive collection of fishes, amphibians and reptiles native to New York State! Specifically, campers will observe the amazing attributes of trout at all stages of development.

PRICE: $375/session/child

AGES: 12 - 14 only

DATES:
Monday through Friday 9am - 2pm.
No before or after care provided.

Session 7: 


Last updated June 15, 2020