Ocean Science Exploration Camp is the Inner Space Center’s summertime, week-long, Rhode Island, day camp. Through a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations, and field investigations (that often require off-campus field trips), campers explore a core oceanographic theme (biological oceanography, geological oceanography, chemical oceanography, physical oceanography, and/or ocean exploration/technology).
The coastal zone is a dynamic region, and during the ISC’s 2023 Ocean Science Exploration Camp, participants will explore a variety of coastal environments. During this week-long day camp, campers will explore coastal and estuarine processes, focusing on their geology and water chemistry, and how these shape various systems in the nearshore environment. Coastal oceans connect the continental land masses to the open ocean and serve as a link for transporting natural and human-made materials from land to the sea. Nearly 40% of the global population lives within 100 km (60 miles) of the coast and this percentage continues to grow. This increase brings a greater demand for food and marine resources, as well as recreational and commercial uses of the coastal zone. Furthermore, what is recognized as the coast today, may not have been a coastal area in the past, and may not be one in the future, as sea level has varied and now continues to rise.
Throughout the week, campers  will survey the geological features of coastal Rhode Island, investigate global cycles of key elements, and explore potential impacts of climate change and marine pollutants on the ocean’s ecosystems. They will also learn about and apply scientific techniques to sample sediments, survey beaches, and conduct experiments to investigate and measure important water characteristics including temperature, salinity, pH, and nutrient levels. Campers will also tune into live oceanographic expeditions, engage with scientists that are involved in ocean research, and make connections to career pathways.


  • MIDDLE SCOOL session (rising 6th-8th graders), 9am-3pm (no early/late care):  July 10- 14, 2023. Click here to register.
  • HIGH SCHOOL session (rising 9th-11th graders), 9am-3pm (no early/late care):  July 17- 21, 2023.  Click here to register.
$495 (Payment via check is preferred. The ISC cannot except cash payments, and a processing fee applies to CC payments).
A 15% registration discount is available for campers of current URI faculty/staff/students. A limited number of registration scholarships are also available.  Please email for more details, and/or with any questions!


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