Woods Hole Sea Grant and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution do not conduct summer programs directly. 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.
The school’s curriculum includes some courses that remain continually popular, such as Seashore Life, Nature Photography, Entomology, and Marine Biology. From year to year, other courses are offered which take advantage of the special qualifications of the teachers, such as Oceanography, Biological Illustration, Embryology, Herpetology, Botany, and Marine Electronics, to mention only a few.
In general, the subjects of study arise from material collected on field trips to the varied habitats in the Woods Hole area. There are short, often daily, walking trips near the school, and one class period a week is usually devoted to a driving field trip. On returning from a field trip, students may set up, stock, and maintain aquaria and terraria with their collections. Films are developed in photography classes, and detailed observations of favorite invertebrates may be committed to paper.
Classes fill early! For more information and registration, please visit: http://childrensschoolofscience.org/.
Children’s School of Science
P.O. Box 522
Woods Hole, MA 02543
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.
Science & technology programs include: Discovering Life at the Seashore (ages 7-12), Ecology of Beebe Woods (ages 7-12), Trust/Privacy/Androids&Time-Lapse Photography, FUNdamentals of Robotics (ages 7-12), Intro Computer Game Design (Ages 10-14), Bzzzzz: the Life of Bees (adults and teens 16+), Computer Programming = Problem Solving (ages 7-14). Programs run from one day to one- or two-week sessions June through mid-August.
For more information and registration, please visit http://www.falmouthacademy.org/Summer-programs
Susan Moffat, Director of Summer Programs
7 Highfield Drive
Falmouth, MA 02540
Inspired by Nature, Falmouth
This one-week program encourages children (age 9-12) to engage their curiosity and explore science, technology, art, music, and history with some of the Cape’s most fascinating organizations: the Cape Conservatory, Falmouth Art Center, Falmouth Museums on the Green, Falmouth Public Schools, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Woods Hole Sea Grant, and Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.
Students will experience a fun, hands-on day with each of the host organizations, exploring the important concept of PROGRESSION and how it influences science, technology, art, music, history – every part of our daily existence.
For more information and registration, please visit https://www.capeconservatory.org/cape-cod-music-classes-summer-sounds.asp#IBN.
Sea Education Association, Woods Hole
SEASCape | SEA Science on the Cape
This three-week summer program at SEA offers motivated high school students 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. Course work includes lectures, discussions, laboratory activities, and field trips; all introducing students to oceanography, the study of history and literature of the sea, and nautical science in an historic and modern context. Teamwork, leadership, and sense of community are the underlying values of SEA’s academic curriculum. Participants not only grow as students, but as global citizens and individuals.
For more information, please visit www.sea.edu/high_school_programs/seascape
SEA Expedition is a 2-week offshore summer program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. 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.
For more information, please visit: www.sea.edu/high_school_programs/sea-expedition
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. Children in 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. Children in grades 4-6 will become young scientists using a variety of equipment, from crab traps to salinity meters to sample the marshes, creeks and bay, discovering an ocean of adventure along the way.
Eco-Design Workshop – Renewable Energy Program. Full day session. Children in grades 5 -7 will participate in activities that encourage team work and problem solving while exploring renewable energy concepts. They design and create take-home projects, explore the bay and use scientific equipment to learn more about wind, water and solar resources and how human activities affect our environment.
Women in Science Program
Young women in 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 (grades 9-12). Join a small team of students spending a week in the field with Waquoit Bay Reserve scientists conducting environmental monitoring projects.
STEM Adventures -Full day session. Children in grades 6, 7 and 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.
Co-Sponsored by the Waquoit Bay Reserve and the Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation