Summer Camps

Critter Camp


Entering Grades 1-3
Dates: July 17-21
Times: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come discover the critters that we have right in our back yard. We’ll make bug kites, spy on fiddler crabs, and create a small a garden for our critter friends.  We will spend a day at Cypress Swamp walking on the wetland boardwalk and learning to ‘see’ nature. Get a special behind-the-scenes look at our River to Bay exhibit where our animals are cared for and watch an aquarist do a feeding. The final day, board the Wm. B. Tennison with your parents for a lunch time cruise on the Patuxent River followed by an ice cream sundae. Cost: $95 members/$110 nonmembers
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Guardians of the Estuary 


Entering Grades 4-6
Dates: July 24-28
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Paddle, wade, hike and sail local waterways! What’s living out there, how do they interact, how do we impact the estuary, and how can we help? We’ll get muddy and creative as we canoe, collect and explore our estuary ecosystem, then brainstorm ways to protect it. On the final day, board the Dee of St. Mary’s to trawl for fish and enjoy a sail.  Cost: $120 members/$135 nonmembers.

The Exhilaration of Otters


Entering Grades 4-6
Dates: June 26-30
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 You might love otters, but how well do you really know them? Join us to get up close and personal with our resident river otters. Explore otter adaptations to the local habitat and find out how river otters compare to otters around the world. Investigate how otters communicate; enjoy a canoe ride in their habitat; use your knowledge to design an addition to our museum habitat for our otters to enjoy!  This camp includes two offsite field trips to local nature preserves, hiking, and canoeing to see a wetland habitat from an otter point of view. The last day of camp includes a river cruise for the whole family on the Wm. B. Tennison. Cost: $120 members/$130 nonmembers

Junior Paleontologist


Entering Grades 6-8 
Dates: July 10 - July 14
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 Become a junior paleontologist, and hunt local beaches for fossil shark teeth, whale bones, and the shells of ancient snails and clams. Work with our professional paleontologists to uncover the mysteries of these ancient animals and the environments in which they lived. Learn collecting techniques and how to properly preserve your specimens. Keep a field journal, complete with your own drawings and observations. Get a special behind-the-scenes look at the amazing fossil collection at Calvert Marine Museum. The final day of camp, invite your family along for a river cruise on the Wm. B. Tennison, and show off your specimens in a fossil exhibition! Cost: $120 members/$135 nonmembers

Build Your Own Canoe  (Members Only)


Entering Grades 6-8
Dates: June 26 - July 1st
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Monday - Friday).  Saturday regatta starts at 10:30 a.m.
 Build a real boat you can take home! We will teach you to make your own 12-foot plywood canoe. During the week, you will master basic woodworking and finishing skills to make a boat that you can enjoy for years to come. Learn sailing skills when commanding radio-control model sailboats in the boat basin and practice some of the maritime skills needed to catch crabs during a cruise on the drake tail work boat. We’ll take a break from boat building with a lunch cruise with your family members on the Wm. B. Tennison. At the Grand Finale on Saturday, you and the other campers will race your new canoes on the Patuxent River. Your family and friends are encouraged to join us at our own regatta and celebrate with awards. Open to members only. Cost: $250 

Environmental Institute


Entering Grades 6-8 
Dates: August 7-11
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In this action packed week, the participants will have the opportunity to explore the biology of the Chesapeake Bay.  A visit will be made to an oyster hatchery and oyster aquaculture facility to learn about the life of an oyster.  Time will be spent aboard the Dee of St. Mary’s  learning what it is was like to collect oysters from the water as a waterman would have.  Other field trips will take the participants to habitats around the bay to survey other species and explore human impacts.  The students will research other issues facing the bay ecosystem and brainstorm action plans for the restoration of the bay to present on the final day of the camp.  Cost: $120 members/$135 nonmembers

Junior Docent Boot Camp


Entering Grades 8-9
Dates: July 10- July 14
Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  Ever wanted to work in a museum – this is a great way to learn what’s involved. Becoming a museum Junior Docent involves a two year commitment from middle school students to learn how to be museum docents. The program kicks off with a week long summer “boot camp” where each cohort gets initiated into the workings of a museum. To apply for the Junior Docent Program an application, a parent consent form and two teacher recommendation forms need to be submitted no later than May 1, 2017.