Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Camp SEA Lab

Mission

Camp SEA Lab outdoor school and summer camp programs, operating under the umbrella of CSUMB, foster lifelong excitement, scientific understanding, and stewardship of our coasts and ocean. The Friends of Camp SEA Lab provide scholarship funds for individual campers and school classes to participate in Camp SEA Lab programs.

The Big Idea

In 2017, Oregon started funding any public school class to attend outdoor school. Why not do the same for Monterey County?

Camp SEA Lab inspires youth throughout Monterey County to realize the unique beauty and biodiversity of our local ocean waters and to become stewards of our oceans through marine science summer camps for 8 to 17 year olds and outdoor school for primarily 5th and 6th grade classes. While Camp SEA Lab attracts classes from Nevada and Arizona as well as summer campers from 18 different states, we would like to serve more classes and individuals from the Salinas Valley by providing scholarships for classes and summer campers, and keeping our fees affordable to all schools.

Camp SEA Lab provides Monterey County youth with a vision for how they can participate in keeping Monterey Bay and our oceans healthy. Vanessa Orozco, the Student Sustainability Advisor for UCSC's Oakes College, credits her desire to work towards a more sustainable future to her 7th grade Camp SEA Lab experience: "It really opened my eyes on how we can live in our environment and be more sustainable in everyday lives....And now I can educate students and spark another person's passion."

"My daughter Vanessa Orozco attended your Girls Love Science Too about 7 years ago... She is now a UCSC student crediting that camp for sparking her educational and career paths. I wanted to say thank you not only for your program, but also the scholarship she received so her participation was possible....I cannot be more grateful." Her daughter who is now the Student Sustainability Advisor for Oakes College at UCSC, says: "I guess it all started during my 7th grade summer camp......for Marine Biology, It really opened my eyes on how we can live in our environment and be more sustainable in everyday lives. Ever since then I loved any opportunity where sustainability and marine biology interact. And now I can educate students and spark another person's passion, it doesn't have to be a big life decision like me either, it could be a small step."

- Andrea Wood