Ocean Discovery Camp

The Ocean Discovery Camp offers a unique hands-on approach to marine science and ocean conservation issues. Each day will have a different ocean-related theme and is filled with aquatic fun designed to promote scientific literacy and understanding of the role that healthy oceans play in conservation. Students will learn about the technology and tools used in marine science research and experience the thrill of scientific discovery through hands-on exploration, projects, and crafts. This camp is offered at a reduced fee due to a grant for Marine Sciences education.

Ages: 11-14

Course Number:


Course Date:
Monday, June 4, 2018 to Friday, June 8, 2018
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $250

  • Optional Extended Day until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $720

The Ocean Discovery camp is designed to accommodate both absolute beginners and students with some marine sciences knowledge, and all are encouraged to attend.


Emily Davenport is the Education and Outreach Specialist for ECOGIG (Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf) a research group based at the University of Georgia established after the Deepwater Horizon accident that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. She has a M.S. in environmental/marine science from Western Washington University and spent several weeks at sea for her research. She also has a deep love for the ocean and all the amazing creatures that exist there. Ms. Davenport is the co-founder of the Ocean Discovery Camp and this will be her third year as an instructor.

Sara Beresford has a M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia. She has several years of experience in environmental outreach and education. She currently works as the Communications and Outreach Lead for the Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas in the Gulf program at the University of Georgia’s Department of Marine Sciences. This is Ms. Beresford’s third year as instructor for the Ocean Discovery Camp.

Dr. Kimi Takagi has a Ph.D in Marine and Environmental Science from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan. Kimi has conducted research in the watersheds and coastal ecosystems of Okinawa (Japan), Phuket (Thailand), Southern California, and Georgia. She is currently a Woodrow Wilson Fellow who is pursuing a Master's of Arts in Teaching Degree at Piedmont College. Her goal is to become a high school science teacher. Kimi is passionate about exciting people of all ages about marine science. This is Dr. Takagi’s second year as an Ocean Discovery Camp instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

This camp has the opportunity to use the labs in our start-of-the art Science Learning Center. They have strict dress code requirements for individuals using their facilities which we must follow. Students will be required to wear long pants and closed toed shoes during the academic camp day during this week. A more detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you two weeks before camp begins.