MAALAEA (MAUI), HI – Are your kids ready for some new summer fun and adventure? Good news – Pacific Whale Foundation has openings for its ocean-themed summer camps for kids.
Ocean Discovery Camp, for ages 6 to 12, is a day-camp program available Mondays through Friday, by the day or by the week, through July 24. The camp activities include surfing and windsurfing lessons, visits to Maui Ocean Center, a boat cruise, tidepool explorations, beach fun, hands-on science projects, arts and crafts, plus sports and games, along with learning about the ocean and marine environment.
There’s a different theme for each week, based on some of the most fascinating creatures in the sea. The themes are:
June 22 – June 26: Magnificent Marine Mammals
June 29 – July 3: Hawaii: The Place We Call Home
July 6 – July 10: Terrific Sea Turtles
July 13 – July 17: Sensational Sharks
July 20 – July 24: Incredible Invertebrates
Campers enjoy a selection of fun things to do each day; there’s sure to be activities on the schedule suited to each individual child.
Ocean Discovery Camp takes place from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Mondays through Fridays at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center in Maalaea. If mom or dad need to get to work earlier (or leave later), Pacific Whale Foundation offers early drop-off and late pick-up by prior arrangement for a small added fee.
For more information and a free flyer about the camp, call (808) 249-8811. You can register online by clicking here http://www.pacificwhale.org/mauiecocruises/cruise.php?page=kids&id=1.
“We are very proud of the program at our Ocean Discovery Camp,” said Merrill Kaufman, education director at Pacific Whale Foundation. “Kids tell us that it’s the most fun part of summer; parents tell us how their kids learn so much about the ocean and science.”
The cost for a five day session is US$284. The weekly rate for Pacific Whale Foundation Members is US$227. The daily rate is US$67. The daily rate for Pacific Whale Foundation Members is US$56.
Campers benefit from a low 6:1 ratio of campers to staff. All staff have undergraduate or graduate degrees in environmental education, marine biology, or related sciences and hold Marine Naturalist Certification through Pacific Whale Foundation. In addition, they are all lifeguard, CPR, and first-aid certified.
Additional information, flyers, and registration forms can be obtained at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Stores, 612 Front Street, Lahaina or The Harbor Shops at Maalaea next to Maui Ocean Center. You can also call (808) 249-8811. To register online, click here http://www.pacificwhale.org/mauiecocruises/cruise.php?page=kids&id=1.
Pacific Whale Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting appreciation, understanding, and protection of whales, dolphins, coral reefs, and our planet’s oceans. They accomplish this by educating the public – from a scientific perspective – about the marine environment. They support and conduct responsible marine research and address marine conservation issues in Hawaii and the Pacific. Through educational ecotours, they model and promote sound ecotourism practices and responsible wildlife watching.