Summer Camps

Coroplast Boat Building Three-Day Mini Camps

Entering Grades 7-9    Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Session 2:  August 14 - 16 ~ Camp is FULL
 Fee: $75 / $60 for members
Exercise your STEM skills during this three-day camp. Each participant will build a canoe out of recycled corrugated plastic. Lessons on boating safety and canoe maneuvering prepare the campers for further adventures when they take their canoes home. When registering, please be sure to specify the session number.

Examples of Summer Camp topics offered in the past:

Shark Frenzy! Camp

Entering grades 1-3     Times: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Calling all shark enthusiasts! Explore many different species of sharks as biologists and paleontologists! Research some of our local Atlantic species, create shark crafts, get a special behind-the-scenes look at our River to Bay exhibit, watch an aquarist do a feeding and learn about what it takes to care for sharks in our aquarium. Campers will also spend a day at Cove Point walking on the beach and learning to "see" nature - finding the fossilized remains of prehistoric sharks along the way! The final day, board the Wm. B. Tennison with parents for a cruise on the Patuxent River, followed by an ice cream sundae.

Critter Camp

Entering Grades 1-3     Times: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Discover the critters that we have right in our back yard. We will make bug kites, spy on fiddler crabs, and create a small a garden for our critter friends. Spend a day at a state park 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 parents for a lunch time cruise on the Patuxent River, followed by an ice cream sundae.

Junior Explorers Camp

Entering Grades 4-6     Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Unleash the adventurous explorer hidden inside yourself. Do you have the skills it takes to survive a journey into uncharted waters? Learn about various explorers, from Norsemen to early European colonists, and discover the skills and tools they used to shape a new world. At week's end, put your abilities in reading maps and using navigational tools to the test as you take a "daring voyage" on the skipjack, Dee of St. Mary's.

Guardians of the Estuary

Entering Grades 4-6     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 will 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.

Junior Paleontologist

Entering Grades 6-8
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!

Junior Docent Training

Entering Grades 8-9     
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. Questions regarding this program may be sent to Mindy Quinn at