Herring Gut Summer Camp

Herring Gut Learning Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, political affiliation, age, or religious beliefs in the administration of its programs.

Join Us At Summer Camp!

Come spend a week with us this summer discovering the different coastal habitats of Maine! Roll up your sleeves and explore the rocky shore, salt marshes, mudflats, and more. Look under rocks for sea stars, dig in the muck for clams, and wade into the water to net small fish.

Experience a different habitat every day by visiting incredible field sites for hands-on ocean exploration guided by our experienced and talented staff. Collect what you find to take it back to the lab for closer inspection. Learn even more about coastal habitats by designing and building aquariums to mimic the real thing. But that is not all: activities, experiments, art projects, games, the list goes on!

Special Days

On Thursday we hop on a boat and travel a few miles offshore to visit Allen Island! This beautiful private island has many of the marine habitats discussed throughout the week and is just waiting to be explored.

Friday, the last day of camp, you be the expert! We will spend the morning preparing interactive exhibits, then invite families and community members to join us as you explain all of your findings from a week of marine science discovery.

* Mini sessions will not travel to Allen Island. 



  • Camp runs Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and mini sessions run Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Herring Gut Learning Center's beautiful campus in Port Clyde, Maine. With a waterfront view, acres of gardens and fields, state of the art classrooms and labs, Herring Gut has all you need for an amazing summer experience. Get Directions
  • A shuttle from Thomaston will be available to transport campers down the peninsula before and after camp!
  • The cost of a weeklong session is $250 for residents* and $300 for non-residents. Mini sessions for grades 1 and 2 are $160 for residents and $200 for non-residents. Need-based scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis.  Please download and complete a scholarship application if you are interested in receiving assistance.
  • To qualify as a resident, campers must be year round Knox County residents and enrolled in the local school districts.
  • Campers supply their own bag lunch.
  • Each session has space for 12 campers.
  • The camper to staff ratio is 6:1 allowing ample support and supervision for all campers needs.
  • Experienced staff members are talented and caring individuals that want to inspire the next generation of marine scientists. Safety is our top priority and all of our staff is CPR and first aid certified.

2019 Summer Camp Dates:  

* Please choose session according to the grade your child will entering in the fall of 2019.

Session 1:  July 8th - 12th Grades 3-5

Session 2:  July 15th - 19th Grades 3-5

Session 3:  July 22nd - 25th Mini Camp Grades 1-2

Session 4:  July 29th - Aug. 2nd Grades 6-8

Session 5:  Aug. 5th - 9th Grades 3-5

Session 6:  Aug. 12th - 15th Mini Camp Grades 1-2

 Please call or email us for more information.  207-372-8677 or gburruss@herringgut.org


Summer Camp


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