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Ocean Expo-Summer Camp 2017
Discover Our World!

Young marine enthusiasts will be captivated by a week of fun and exploration! We are excited to introduce a newly renovated summer camp program in 2017. In addition to offering our regular age group camps, we will be alternating theme topics and activities on odd and even camp weeks. This will give you the option to choose multiple weeks of participation in camps while allowing your child(ren) to experience different activities with multiple week attendance. Fieldtrips will remain consistent on a weekly basis and include Gulfport beach, Ship Island, Shrimp boat tour, Splash pad, pontoon boat cruise, Kayaking, Fishing, & Dolphin photo ID trips each dependent upon the age appropriate class.

After a successful first-run of "Dolphin Camp" for ages 15-17, we are pleased to continue offering this camp for older students interested in marine science. New to this program will be the inclusion of a hands on experience where you will have the opportunity to touch one of our resident dolphins. Space is limited, so register early to guarantee a place in camp. Age 5 campers will also be adding an additional fieldtrip which will take them on a pontoon boat ride where they will explore local plants and animals.

2017 also brings the introduction of an Angler Fishing camp for ages 8-9 and 10-14 to summer camp. This camp is geared to campers interested in fishing. Students will learn about the different types of fish living in our waters, how to throw a cast net, how to string & rig a fishing pole, and of course do lots of fishing. Fishing fieldtrips will include our pontoon boat, Gulfport beach, and Ship Island.

Space is Limited - Reserve Your Child's Spot Today!

Online registration is now available. A $30 non-refundable deposit is required to register for any camp. This deposit applies to the total cost of camp. All required paperwork must be filled out online at the time of registration. Make sure you fill out the Emergency Medical, Student Retrieval, and video/picture release forms. A confirmation email (including a list of supplies/items needed) will be sent once registered. If you have any questions, you may contact Denise Reinke at 228-896-9182 ext. 1770, dreinke@imms.org, or fax: 228-701-1771.

2017 Camp Sessions
Weeks Classes by Age
5 6 - 7 8 - 9 10 - 12 13 - 14 15 - 17 Angler Fishing
June 5-9 Y Y Y Y
June 12-16 Y Y Y Ages 8-9
June 19-23 Y Y Y Y
June 26-30 Y Y Y Y
July 10-14 Y Y Y Ages 10-14
July 17-21 Y Y Y Y
July 24-28 Y Y Y Y
Cost per week $190 $205 $245 $245 $275 $325 $260
Y = Age/Class is offered for the week indicated.
Times: 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM each day

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Scholarships are not available at this time..


All teachers hold a Mississippi State teaching certificate/license and are certified in CPR and First Aid.
All teaching assistants are either certified teachers, IMMS educators or college students and also hold a certification in CPR and First Aid. All teaching staff must pass a criminal background check.

Wait List

If the week of camp you prefer is not available and you would like to be added to a wait list, please email dreinke@imms.org. or call 228-896-9182, ext. 1770. Make sure to include the parent/guardian name, phone number, email address, camper's name and age, and the week you prefer. If any places become available due to cancellation, we will contact those on the wait list on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cancellation Policy

All deposits are non-refundable. If you cancel 14 days prior to the start date, you will receive a full refund of your remaining balance. If cancellation takes place 13-7 days prior to the start date, you will receive a 50% refund of your remaining balance. Any cancellations within 6-0 days prior to the start date will result in NO refund. IMMS reserves the right to cancel or modify any program or schedule. Modifications are not grounds for refunds.

Contact Us for More Information

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Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
Summer Camp Coordinator
10801 Dolphin Lane
Gulfport, MS 39503
Office phone: (228) 896-9182 ext. 1770
Office fax: (228) 701-1771
Email: dreinke@imms.org


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