Waquoit Bay Summer Science School

Summer Science School

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A series of week-long learning adventures introduces kids and teens to coastal ecology while having fun and fostering new friendships.

To register your child, please click on the session dates below, fill out the online registration, and complete payment.

In addition to online registration, please print and email or mail the Immunization Form. You may use the Doctor’s office camp/school release form or the below Immunization Form. Registrations will only be considered complete upon receipt of the immunization form. 

Email to:

Mail to:
Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation
Attn: Science School
P.O. Box 3522, Waquoit, MA 02536

Scholarships – To apply for full or partial scholarships please fill out the application.

For additional information please email: waquoitbayscienceschool@gmail.com. Please note, this email is not monitored regularly during the winter months.

Bayside Buddies

Half-day sessions for students entering grades 2-3 in the fall of 2024

Session 1 – July 15 – 19, 2024 (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Session 2 – July 15 – 19, 2024 (1:00pm – 4:00pm)

Session 3 – August 5 – 9, 2024 (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Cost: $225

Children will get wet, muddy, and inspired through games, crafts, and basic scientific investigations.  They will explore nature in various habitats around Waquoit Bay including forest, field, and marshes. The students will study wildlife from crabs in the bay to Osprey on our nesting platform, starting their journey to become estuary stewards.

Estuary Adventures

Full-day sessions for students entering grades 4-6 in the fall of 202

Session 1 – July 8 – 12, 2024 (9:00am – 3:00pm)
This session is full, click on the session to be placed on the waitlist.

Session 2 – July 22 – 26, 2024 (9:00am – 3:00pm)
This session is full, click on the session to be placed on the waitlist.

Cost: $400

Young scientists will conduct hands-on investigations based on research projects at the Reserve from water quality of the bay to wildlife observations. They will learn to use a variety of instruments to help with their discoveries and play games relating to the estuary. Students will wade into the marshes to find estuary creatures and learn about the wildlife around Waquoit Bay.

Waquoit Bay Reserve’s Education Programs

Women in Science

Full-day sessions for students entering grades 7-9 in the fall of 2024

Session 1 – July 29 – August 2, 2024 (9:00am – 3:00pm)

Cost: $400

Students will receive inspiration and support as they meet women scientists who will describe their career paths and research projects. They will conduct field research alongside Waquoit Bay staff and visiting scientists using a variety of instruments and technologies to gather and record data from the habitats at Waquoit Bay Reserve. This hands-on session is sure to provide plenty of fun, build confidence, and offer a look at potential careers in science, technology, and engineering.

TIDAL Quest: Teens Investigating Diversity of Aquatic Life

Full-day session for students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2024

Session 1 – August 5 – 9, 2024 (9:00am – 3:00pm)
This session is full, click on the session to be placed on the waitlist.

Cost: $400

Do you love science, technology, and figuring out how things work? Join a small team of students spending a week in the field while conducting environmental monitoring projects with Waquoit Bay Reserve scientists. Students will discover the latest technologies used locally to study climate change and sea level rise, monitor wildlife, and examine plant communities. They will look for ways to solve environmental issues and developing questions to investigate. Participation in this session may help determine a career path or boost a college application.

To hear an audio clip of Waquoit Bay History and teens exploring the estuary click here. Narrated by Pam Briscoe, Waquoit resident, featured speaker Jim Rassman, Stewardship Coordinator, Waquoit Bay NERR and Science School Instructor, Gil Newton

Marine Life Investigations

Full-day session for students entering grades 6-8 in the fall of 2024

Session 1 – August 12 – 16, 2024 (9:00am – 3:00pm)

Cost: $400

Each day we will take an in-depth look at an animal species found in the estuary.  Through observation we will learn its traits and adaptations. We will study its life cycle, population and research that has been done at Waquoit or on the Cape. We will have fun recreating some adaptations through biomimicry and use games as well as art to discover more about our animal.

Cancellation Policy – Refunds will only be made if we are able to fill your child’s spot less a $25.00 administrative fee.