Book 9am-10:30am for the week of June 15 or June 22. Make sure to reserve your keiki’s spot (grade 1-5) by June 14 or June 21 by 9pm
Book 12pm-1:30pm for the week of June 15 or June 22. Make sure to reserve your keiki’s spot (grade 1-5) by June 14 or June 21 by 9pm
Introducing the Pacific Whale Foundation Virtual Ocean Camp! (Grades 1-5) In order to continue bringing your keiki engaging educational content about the marine environment during summer break, while remaining safe, we are taking Ocean Camp online – for free! Join us for our week-long sessions where we dive into daily science lessons, team-building games and other activities, expressive crafts, and nature-based inquiry. Each session will accommodate a maximum of 15 students, so reserve your keiki’s spot today!
Morning (9:00am-10:30am) or afternoon (12:00pm-1:30pm) enrollment is available. The online access information will be provided through e-mail one week prior to the start of your session.
Whether you’re gazing towards the sky, drifting through the trees, or swimming among the fish, there’s no shortage of unique displays of color here in Hawai‘i. With over 10,000 plants and animals that only exist here, and thousands of others sharing space on our soil and within local waters, it may not be surprising that the Hawaiian Islands are considered to be a global hotspot for biodiversity. This week we’ll learn about some of the creatures responsible for making our islands so vividly colorful, and we’ll even practice some vibrant displays of color ourselves!
Whether you can see and smell the ocean from your house, or you are thousands of miles from its sandy shoreline, life as we know it on our shared planet is defined by the vast expanse of the ocean. Thanks to its presence, our planet developed into a habitable home for millions of species, including our own. To skim the surface, the oxygen, fresh water, and nutrients that we require for survival can all be sourced back to the ocean. This week we’ll explore ways that we can help protect the health of our ocean, not just for our own fate, but for the fate of all of the creatures that we share this planet with.
Ocean Camp offers fun, adventure and learning for children entering or currently in grades 1 – 5. Campers learn about the oceans and Maui’s natural environment while building new skills and making new friends. Each week centers around an ocean-related theme, and every day includes hands-on science lessons, fun games and activities, creative arts and crafts, and nature based field trips.
Weekly or daily enrollment is available. If you are registering for more than one day, we recommend purchasing a Multi-Day Camp Pass. After you complete your pass purchase, you will receive a code to register for individual days of camp.
Ocean Camp registration fees are $90 per day or $360 for the week. Pacific Whale Foundation Members receive the discounted rate of 20% off ($72 per day or $288 for the week). The cost of Ocean Camp includes registration, field trip transportation and fees, and a snack. Campers must bring their own lunches with them each day.
Each day at Ocean Camp follows a format that allows for consistency and organization while providing a unique daily experience. On a typical day, campers start the morning with ice-breaker or team-building activities, followed by a brief introductory activity based on the weekly theme.
These activities take place in the air-conditioned classrooms of Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center in Ma‘alaea, equipped with multi-media equipment, lab equipment, private restrooms, and other facilities.
Campers are then transported to field trip sites in our 15-passenger vans (campers under 8 years of age must bring a booster seat with them). After the field trip, BYO picnic lunch, and a bit of play, campers return to the classroom for more hands-on science based learning and other fun activities.
*Schedule for specific sessions will be available or provided upon booking and/or confirmation.
*Required items for specific sessions will be available or provided upon booking and/or confirmation.
Ocean Camp is led by our experienced and enthusiastic marine education staff, all of whom are college graduates, over 21 years of age, and First Aid/CPR certified. All water activities are supervised by lifeguard certified staff. Additional adult volunteers provide support for off-site field trips, maintaining an adult to camper ratio of 1:8 or better. All staff and volunteers must be cleared by background checks and show proof of negative TB status. When we are out of the classroom, we carry parent contact information, first aid supplies, and a dedicated Ocean Camp cell phone with us.
Need-based financial assistance for Ocean Camp may be available for individual campers through our Scholarships for Keiki Programs. To apply, please download this application due at least one month prior to the start of camp session. Return completed form to:
Pacific Whale Foundation
300 Maʻalaea Road, Suite 211
Wailuku, HI 96793
For further assistance, please contact us by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (808) 856-8341.
To support our Keiki Programs including Ocean Camp scholarships, please click here.
Our thoughts go out to all that are being impacted by COVID-19. With a team dedicated to our response to this pandemic, we are meeting regularly to ensure the continuation of programs and services that allow our mission work to continue.
Pacific Whale Foundation’s leadership team is closely monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis.