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Summer Programs for Children and Young Adults

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.


Ocean STEAM Powered Women, Woods Hole

Sea Education Association and WHOI Sea Grant are collaborating on a week-long Girls in Science Fellowship in Woods Hole on August 6-12.  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 STEAM professionals in this field. The fellowship aims to promote diversity and expose young women to a variety of marine careers in STEAM.



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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. This summer there will be sessions running from July 3-July 21 and July 24-August 10.  There are a range of topics and examples include seashore life, animal behavior, ecology of the bike path, ornithology, ichthyology, marine biology, microbiology, neural systems and behavior, biological illustration, robotics, and more. Visit their website for a complete list.

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, Falmouth

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 are offered morning, afternoon, and full-day from June 26-August 18.

Camp Mariner is designed specifically for the youngest campers (aged 5-7), Camp SEAfarer is aimed at campers aged 8-14, with sports, arts, and enrichment activities, Skills Clinics are offered for Soccer, Basketball, and Lacrosse, and Musical Theater Academy or Technical Theater Academy are offered for those interested in drama.

For more information and registration, please visit

Mr. Charlie Jodoin, Director of Auxiliary Programs
Falmouth Academy

Science + Nature Summer Camps for Girls, Penikese Island School

Penikese Island School is holding 5 sessions of STEAM summer camp for middle-school girls. 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. Summer sessions are:  July 3-7, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, and July 31-August 4.
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Sea Education Association, Woods Hole

SEASCape: SEA Science on the Cape 

This 2 1/2-week summer program at SEA offers current high school students, including graduating seniors, the opportunity to study the marine environment from a variety of perspectives: scientific, historical, literary, and nautical. Participants live and study at our campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Academic programming is scheduled throughout each day, including on most weekend days. Coursework includes lectures, discussions, laboratory activities, and field trips; all introducing students to the study of oceanography, the history of humanity's relationship with the oceans, and modern maritime issues. Teamwork, leadership, and a sense of community are the underlying values of SEA’s academic curriculum.  Session I:  June 26-July 13, Session II:  July 18-August 4.

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SEA Expedition

SEA Expedition is a 2-week offshore summer program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as recent high school graduates. Centered on learning by doing, SEA Expedition is a multidisciplinary experience that welcomes students to participate in every aspect of a challenging offshore sailing and oceanographic expedition. SEA Expedition occurs entirely aboard the Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Corwith Cramer, one of two sailing research vessels operated by SEA. Session 1: June 27-30 (shore) June 30-July 9 (at sea), Session 2:  July 10-13 (shore) July 13-22 (at sea), Session 3:  July 22-25 (shore) July 25-August 3 (at sea), Session 4:  August 4-August 7 (shore) August 7-17 (at sea).

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SEA Quest

This high school summer program brings students from around the world who want to learn more about the sea together. The SEA Quest high school seminars are fun, inclusive, and engaging. They meet twice a day online for two weeks.  There is one session focused on Critters, Coral, and Conservation offered July 17-August 4.

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Information about all of SEA's programming, including undergraduate, can be found at:

Waquoit Bay Summer Science School, Falmouth

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. Two sessions: July 24-28 and July 24-28.

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. Two sessions: July 10-14 and July 17-21.

STEAM 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.  One session: August 14-18

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. One session: July 31-August 4.

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. One session August 7-11.

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