OP Bay Estuary Explorers Camp

Young explorers ages 9-11 can investigate the local watershed at exciting day camps offered by the Maryland Coastal Bays Program in partnership with the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department this summer.

Three sessions of the Ocean Pines Bay Estuary Explorers Camp will be offered June 26-29, July 17-20 and Aug. 7-10 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day. Participants will meet at the Ocean Pines Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway, and will be transported by van to the camp’s launch site.

Maryland Coastal Pays Program staff will lead hands-on environmental activities in and around the area’s coastal bays. The schedule will include critter sampling, orienteering, watershed studies, forestry, nature art and team-building exercises. Campers will also spend a day kayaking on the St. Martin River.

The fee for each camp is $110 for Ocean Pines residents and $130 for non-residents. A magnifying glass and photo are included.

Due to the variety of activities planned, participants will need to bring a bagged lunch, shoes with a heel, boots, sunglasses, a reusable water bottle and sunscreen each day. A bathing suit, towel, closed-toe shoes and a change of clothes are necessary on Thursdays.

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is a non-profit partnership among the towns of Ocean City and Berlin, the National Park Service, Worcester County, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Planning. Its goal is to protect and enhance the watershed, including the St. Martin River, Newport Bay, Assawoman Bay, Isle of Wight Bay, Sinepuxent Bay and Chincoteague Bay.

For more information about camp or to register, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052.

Information about additional recreational programs, including an online version of the Ocean Pines Activity Guide, can be found at OceanPines.org.

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