Shark Camp enrollment includes lunch, t-shirt, shark tooth necklace (made by your young explorer), behind the scenes tours (featuring dolphons and a shark touch tank), whale watching, snacks and all camp activites.
Shark Camp is a specialty marine science education program aimed at providing an enriching, fun and educational experience for kids!
Originally founded in South Africa by marine scientist Mary Cate Bernal, Shark Camp is proud to call Santa Cruz home. We run Weekend Day Camps packed with activities geared for your young explorer, including tide pooling, whale watching, games, crafts, shark touch experiences, mammal center tours and more!
Shark Camp is broken into 2 days: Boat Day and Beach Day. Boat Day begins at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor with an ice breakers and boat safety lesson. Shark Campers then learn about how shark and whale research is conducted from a boat. Snacks and luch occur aboard Velocity as we search for whales on Monterey Bay.
Beach Day begins at Natural Bridges State Beach and concludes at the Seymour marine Discovery Center. Shark Campers explore the tide pools, meet docile swell sharks and take behind the scenes tour of UCSC's research facility whcih houses 2 dolphins and 1 monk seal.
Shark Camp: Fun. Education. Adventure.
Shark Camp is a weekend only day camp that provides a fun, enriching and educational experience for kids. The best way to get kids (and adults) excited about science and our oceans is to hit the beach, get our hands dirty and explore. I created Shark Camp to share the research we're doing in the field, teach kids about conservation, help develop their critical thinking skills and have a ton of fun!
- Mary Cate Bernal, Founder