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Summer Programs for Children and Young Adults - 2021

Please note: The only summer youth program that Woods Hole Sea Grant and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution lead is Girls in Science. As a resource, this page also lists other local organizations that offer summer programs for children and young adults. Please contact the individual programs directly for details on their offerings.


Girls in Science  

EarthWatch and Woods Hole Sea Grant are collaborating on a week-long Girls in Science fellowship in Woods Hole on August 8-14 and 15-21 2021 (2 different sessions).  As fellows, the 10 young women, current sophomores and juniors attending a high school in Massachusetts, will work with an all-female team of leading scientists to investigate marine mammal bioacoustics. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Research Specialist Laela Sayigh is the principal investigator working with the fellows to build hydrophones, analyze the sounds whales and dolphins make, and meet some of the amazing STEM professionals in this field. The fellowship aims to promote diversity and expose young women to a variety of marine careers in STEM. Applications will become available on April 1st, 2021, and will be accepted until May 21st, 2021.

Click here for more information and to apply

Contact: Grace Simpkins,


Please note: The following local organizations offer summer programs for children and young adults. Please contact the individual programs directly for details on their offerings.


Children’s School of Science, Woods Hole

The Children’s School of Science encourages a love and appreciation of science through inquiry-based learning. Frequent field trips and hands-on classroom study provide the opportunity to explore nature, become adept at observation, and discover the rules that govern natural processes. Students benefit from the renowned scientific institutions in Woods Hole and the unique living classroom created by the complex biology and geology of Cape Cod.  They typically offer courses to students aged 7 to 16.

They are planning courses for summer 2021, but registration is delayed.

For more information and registration, please visit:

Children’s School of Science
P.O. Box 522
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 548-3603

Falmouth Academy

Programs offer a space to build, create, think, design, explore, and play! Offered to all ages and interests in the arts, athletics, language, science & technology, sports, and outdoor adventure.  Summer programs will be offered in week-long sessions starting on July 6th and ending on August 20th.

The science & technology related programs for ages 7-12 include: Life at the Cape Cod Shoreline, Team Robotics, Dissecting the Ocean, Adventures in Archaeology and, Counting Critters.

For more information and registration, please visit

Susan Moffat, Director of Summer Programs
Falmouth Academy

Penikese Island Discovery, Penikese Island

Penikese Island School is holding four sessions of STEAM summer camp in 2021 for girls and for boys entering 7th, 8th, or 9th Grades. Five-day/four-night camps are held on historic Penikese Island, a beautiful, undeveloped 76-acre sanctuary and outdoor classroom. Penikese is located in Buzzards Bay at the west end of the Elizabeth Islands, with travel provided from Woods Hole aboard a USCG inspected vessel. Campers have an island of their own to explore and discover while living comfortably off-the-grid with camp staff in a charming rustic farmhouse. Hands-on science and nature lessons are provided by leading local researchers and artists. Focus is on science and natural history through the lens of a unique island environment and its wildlife. Scholarships are available. Enrollment is limited to 12 campers per session, with three sessions offered for girls (July 26-30, August 2-6, and August 9-13) and one for boys (August 16-20).


For more information and registration, please visit:


Sea Education Association, Woods Hole

Science at SEA 

Science at SEA is a 4-week program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as recent high school graduates, which focuses on the coastal and offshore marine environment around Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The program includes a shore component on the SEA campus in Woods Hole and a sea component aboard the Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Corwith CramerSession I:  June 21-July 18, Session II:  July 8-August 4.

For more information, please visit

SEA Quest
SEA Quest is a 2-week, in-depth, virtual exploration of critical marine conservation topics coupled with essential training in leadership and scientific skills. SEA Quest Explorers will meet professionals from Woods Hole regional research and conservation centers, participate in and contribute to an active learning community that values the ocean, and explore various marine ecosystems through a virtual ocean research cruise. Open to rising freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Session 1:  July 5-26.  Session II: July 26-August 6. 

For more information, please visit:

Information about undergraduate summer programs can be found at:

Waquoit Bay Summer Science School

A series of week-long learning adventures, Summer Science School at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve introduces kids and teens to coastal ecology while having fun and fostering new friendships.

Bayside Buddies – Half day sessions. Students entering grades 2-3 will get wet, muddy and inspired while exploring the habitats and wildlife around Waquoit Bay through games, crafts, and scientific investigations.

Estuary Adventures – Full day sessions. Students entering grades 4-6 will explore Waquoit Bay Reserve using a variety of instruments, from hydrometers to projecting microscopes.  These young scientists will conduct investigations based on research projects in the Reserve, monitor groundwater, test water quality, observe wildlife, and learn to recognize human impacts on the bay.

STEM Adventures – Full day session. Students entering grades 6-8.  Students will design and create exciting take-home projects using the engineering design process in the classroom lab and in a variety of habitats nearby.  They will draw on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to build, test, and redesign their projects.  They will learn about renewable energy and the many ways to capture and harness sun, wind, and water power.

Women in Science Program - Full day session. Young women entering grades 7-9 will receive inspiration and support as they meet women scientists who will describe their career paths and projects. Students will conduct field research alongside WBNERR staff and visiting scientists, and use a variety of instruments and technologies to gather and record data from the marshes, fields, forests, and waters of Waquoit Bay Reserve. A highlight of this session will be the boat trip to Washburn Island and overnight on Reserve property, where the students will leave their cell phones behind as they explore local ecology and hike the trails.

Teen Program: TIDAL QUEST – Teens Investigating Diversity of Aquatic Life Students entering grades 9-12. Join a small team of students spending a week in the field while conducting environmental monitoring projects with Waquoit Bay Reserve scientists.  Students will discover the latest technologies used locally to study climate change and sea level rise, monitor wildlife and examine plant communities, and look for ways to solve environmental issues while socializing with other teens and developing questions to investigate.

Additional information is available at
Contact: (508) 289-1850 or e-mail

Co-Sponsored by the Waquoit Bay Reserve and the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation