Summer Programs

The Discovery Hall Programs offer a variety of programs for your children during the summer, ranging from single-day programs to residential camps and academic courses. Our highly qualified educators will guide campers and students through all activities, and residential students are well-supervised by our exceptional counselors. To learn more about our summer counselors, click here.

(When it states "Rising," this means that the child will be in the specified grade in the NEXT school year.)

Marine Science Course for High School Students

DHP offers an accredited course in the summer in marine science. The length of the course is four weeks, during which time the students live on campus and participate in over 150 hours of supervised academic activities. Classes are taught in an academic setting and are designed to give the student a better understanding and appreciation of the various fields in marine science. The Alabama State Department of Education approves the Discovery Hall Summer Programs and recommends that local systems grant participating students credit toward either an Advanced or Standard High School Diploma. The high school summer course is an intense, academic program introducing the student to the marine environment through classroom lecture, laboratory and field activities. 

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Overnight Camps

Barrier Island Explorer, for rising 5th - 6th grade students.

Join fellow campers for an overnight adventure at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Explore a wide range of island and marine activities, and have fun doing it! Space is limited to 15 participants, so grab your spots early!

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Marine DeTECHtives, for rising 6th - 8th grade students.

Calling all technology sleuths! If you are interested in robotics and engineering then this brand new camp is for you!  Students will uncover marine technology through hands-on activities including how to build a simple robot, solder components on a circuit board, design and build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for a mini competition and much more!!

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Gulf Island Journey, for rising 7th - 9th grade students.

Enjoy fun and education in the sun at "Gulf Island Journey," the weeklong residential summer camp at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.  Participants will immerse themselves in a variety of hands-on marine science programs, taught by a team of experienced educators. Activities include a trawling expedition aboard the Sea Lab's research vessel Alabama Discovery; exploring the salt marshes of Dauphin Island; beach-combing and bird-watching on nearby Sand Island; and much more.Open to students ages 12 - 14. Classes limited to 30 participants, so reserve your spot early.

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BayVoyager, for rising 9th - 11th grade students.

This week-long residential program for high school students is designed to be an active outdoors, hands-on program for students in grade 9-11; students will participate in a variety of activities as they learn about Alabama’s marine environment, animals and plants. A "must" for students who love being active and outside in the marine environment!

Day Camps

Oceans Alive!, for 5 - 8 year-olds.

The Gulf of Mexico offers a wealth of material for developing minds and curious senses in "Ocean's Alive!," a half-day adventure for children ages 5-8 and their parents, grandparents or guardian. Combining a beach walk adventure with arts & crafts activities, the educators at the Sea Lab lead children and adults into a deeper appreciation of the amazing Alabama coast. Lessons in marine biology and ecology are introduced through outdoor and indoor hands-on activities so fun, your children will discover that learning can be a blast!

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BIO Blitz, for 8 - 10 year-olds.

This day long camp for ages 8-10 turns campers into Barrier Island Observers. Campers will set out on an expedition across many of the diverse habitats of Dauphin Island, including the beach, salt marsh and maritime forest. They will document their findings, through various creative media, along their journey. Space is limited to 15 participants per session, so be sure to sign up early!

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Survivor - Dauphin Island, for 10 - 13 year-olds.

Visit Dauphin Island for the day and learn how to be a "survivor!" Campers will learn about various fishing methods, and put each to use! Everyone will go fishing, using rod-and-reel and castnet, crabbing, enjoy swimming time, and more. An inside look at the catch-of-the-day with an instructor-led dissection is sure to be an interesting part of this program. This single-day adventure and will be limited to 15 campers, so sign up early!

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