Summer science camp


Our popular five-day marine biology science summer day camps introduce your children to the birds and animals of the estuary. We’ll explore the beach, clam beds, eelgrass mudflats, and Hecate Park. Campers will use scopes on the observation tower, beach seines, plankton tows, shovels and buckets to find out who lives here. The region’s only sea creature touch tank and a salmon aquarium are accessible in our facility along with microscope stations, multimedia presentations, giant maps and an ecology library. There will also be other fun age-appropriate hands-on science activities, games, hikes, and crafts.

We are again excited to offer a  four-day Marine Biology Leadership Camp for youth aged 12-18 who are interested in leadership in the marine biology and/or child and youth care field. Participants will learn how to identify the plants and animals of the estuary and the bay and about their life histories. They will learn how to engage younger children in activities and games around the topics of eelgrass beds, intertidal mudflats, and the surrounding shore and sky of Cowichan Bay.  Once youth complete the four-day leadership training, they may apply to volunteer with one or more summer camps and earn our Estuary Leader Certificate.

All Camps run from 9 am to 3:30 pm

Schedule for 2017 Marine Biology Summer Camps:

July 4-7 Teen Leadership Camp, Ages 12 to 18 yrs
July 10-14 Children Ages 8 to 11
July 17-21 Children Ages 5 to 7
July 24-28 Children Ages 8 to 11
July 31-Aug 4 Children ages 5 to 7
Aug 7-11 Civic Holiday Monday – no camp – Centre open to the public
Aug 14-18 Children Ages 8 to 11
Aug 21-25 Children ages 5 to 7


Camp fees are $215 per child for a total of five days (or the four-day leadership camp, which also covers the cost of first-aid certification). Single Day Attendance: $40 per day per child, and only if the camp is not fully booked. Please register by phone or in-person for single days. Sponsorship may be available to eligible children from the Cowichan Valley Naturalists’ Society.


All Camps run from 9 am to 3:30 pm.  You may drop off your child between 8:45 am and 9 am.

As our camp leaders are busy setting up for the day, we cannot offer early drop off or late pick up. Parents will be charged late fees for not adhering to drop of and pick up times.

All camp participants must to be able to eat, dress and toilet independently.  For children with special needs, contact to discuss possible accommodations.

How to Register

Registration is a two-step process:

  1.  Click here to select a camp, sign up, and make payment. Payment can be through a credit card on Eventbrite or cash/cheque dropped off at the Cowichan Land Trust office.
  2. Download and complete the required registration information and return by at least 2 weeks prior to camp start:
    – in person or mail to the Cowichan Land Trust at #5-55 Station Street, Duncan BC, V9L 1M2

IMPORTANT: Your registration is not considered complete until we have received the medical information and waiver forms. Payment and forms must be received at least 2 weeks prior to camp start date or your registration will be forfeited.

Questions?  Contact 250 746 0227,

or in July and August 250-597-2288