Seacamp Association, Inc. emerged in 1966 from the cooperative efforts of parents, scientists, business professionals, camp leaders and others dedicated to marine science, to the education of youth, and/or to the values of camping programs and experiences. A 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, this organization operates under the guidance of a Board of Directors.
Seacamp is the first program dedicated to the education of youth in marine sciences.
Seacamp's location in the Florida Keys allows for a truly unique marine science program, providing an array of activities under the guidance of academically-trained instructors. Seacamp offers 2-18 day (June 24-July 11)(July 14-July 31) and 2-7 day (August 4-August 10)(August 11-August 17) residential camp sessions for teens ages 12-17 years. Students work at their own level of interest, choosing from 24 different areas of study including marine science, windsurfing, sailing, and SCUBA diving.
Seacamp's SCUBA diving program is open to qualified campers. Courses are designed to give the diver training in SCUBA techniques enabling them to use SCUBA as a tool for underwater research. Satisfactory completion of Basic or Master Diver certification course earns certification through NAUI. Already certified campers choose from our combined marine science/SCUBA courses.
Seacamp aquatics programs include sailing and windsurfing. US Sailing certification is offered to beginners in sailing. Seacamp also offers the American Red Cross course in Lifeguarding and CPR.
A staff of resident marine biologists and environmental educators offer a wide variety of programs to meet the needs of participants, whether they are 4th graders on their own for the first time, middle school students exploring a new world, college students enrolled in a course, or teachers upgrading their skills and knowledge.
Throughout the history of NHMI programs, objectives have included offering each participant opportunities to develop knowledge and respect for our natural world; a sense of the beauty and inherent value of ocean environs; and positive attitudes about themselves and the world around them. Since 1966, more than 120,000 youth and adults have been enriched through sharing these field-oriented opportunities.
A typical 3-day/2-night class experience at NHMI consists of four daytime programs and two evening programs, during which students snorkel, wade and study with their instructors, in teaching groups of 10-12 students. The daytime programs include:
Coral Ecology (boat trip)
Nearshore Ecology (boat optional)
In addition, there are two evening programs. If your group stays longer than three days, or brings a van, additional programs are available.
Newfound Harbor Marine Institute is located on a ten-acre peninsula of Big Pine Key, Florida, approximately 120 miles southwest of Miami. The scenic drive down the Overseas Highway from mainland Florida takes about 2-l/2 hours. The Big Pine area is home to some of the most extraordinary sea and shore wildlife (flora and fauna) in the world and is an ideal site for students to explore tropical marine and terrestrial habitats. NHMI is within the boundaries of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve, the Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge, and the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge. Opportunities for unique cultural experiences abound in nearby Key West, approximately 25 miles further west, enroute to the southernmost point in the continental U.S. Our Staff