Marine Science Camps for Kids at Maritime Museum in Beach Haven

By Eric Englund | Jul 03, 2019

Beach Haven — The New Jersey Maritime Museum in Beach Haven will be the site of marine science camps in July and August. Camps for children in grades K-8 will be held Monday through Friday on July 8 to 12, July 15 to 19, July 22 to 26, July 29 to Aug. 2 , Aug. 5 to Aug. 9 and Aug. 12 to 16. A special camp geared for teens will also be held July 15 to 19.

Taught by marine biologists and environmentalists, topics and activities include seining, plant and animal identification, water quality sampling and testing, plankton, megalodons, coral reefs and environmental awareness.

The camp is conducted by New Logic Educators, which was founded by Sherri Paris. She is a former employee in the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Marine Fisheries.

“We want to show to the children what marine scientists do when we go out on the field to gather data,” said Paris, who has a marine science degree from Stockton University. “On one day, we’re going to go out kayaking to explore habitats.”

In addition, the program discusses environmental issues, such as the hazards of single-use plastic bags.

“It’s good to bring this awareness to young children,” she said.

Its mission statement reads, “We are more than a marine science program – we are a movement. Our mission is to provide a platform that enables youths to gain both an appreciation for and understanding of their local marine environments. Our hands-on feet-wet methodology introduces our attendees to real-life scientific experiments, methods, and practices. We promote the concepts of living sustainably and preserving various marine ecosystems.”

The cost for all camps is $345 per week; a T-shirt and supplies are included. To register, call New Logic at 732-250-8124. —E.E.

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