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Marine Science Camp

A Week of Immersion In Marine Science on Dauphin Island, AL

Christ-Centered & No Electronics

Led by Former College Professor Greg Landry

(has led academic camps for over 15 years)


For Students Ages 12-18


Camp Option #1 (almost full)

Girls Camp: October 8-14, 2023
Space is Limited & on a First-Come, First-Served Basis

Camp Option #2 (almost full)

Girls & Guys Camp (staying in separate houses): October 15-21, 2023
Space is Limited & on a First-Come, First-Served Basis

Camp Option #3 (almost full)
Guys Camp: February 18-24, 2024
Space is Limited & on a First-Come, First-Served Basis


What Others Have Said About Our Camps...


"Greg, I want to let you know how much Daniel enjoyed anatomy camp. He enjoyed the academic challenges, the camaraderie with his fellow campers, and the activities. Daniel came home with many stories to tell and he told them with great enthusiasm, listing off names of muscles, talking about digging in the lobster pot, sharing snippets about his great roommate and counselor and on and on."


"I am prompted to write you because a few days ago something we were doing reminded Daniel of anatomy camp and he said suddenly, with great feeling, "I had so much fun at anatomy camp. That was such a good time." It made me very thankful for the good experience you put together for the campers. Thank you for your hard work and organization. Thanks also to your family who stands behind you on this. I hope you are having a few weeks of rest before the academic year begins."

God bless you,


Eagle River, Alaska

"Greg, My son, Andrew, is at the camp.  I spoke with him tonight and he said on a scale of 1-10 the camp is a 10+.  Thank you!"
Barb Carter


"Wow! c-sections, lungs, fetal calves, bull testicles, peeing in a cup, eating ice cream for breakfast, brains, hearts, tracheas, blood typing, hematocrit, buffy coats, glucose tolerance tests, lung functions tests, learning the ins and outs of getting through college and into med school, and lots of new friends who love anatomy and physiology! What else could a girl ask for? I have more focus and determination to get into med school now than ever before. I could have stayed for a month."


"Greg, I can't tell you how much Abigail and Kim enjoyed your camp. They just can't say enough about it! They definitely desire to return to another or more camps. If we participate in the fall, it would probably have to be a weekend as Kim will be taking community college classes....unless they allow for excused absences. Just please keep us informed on what your

thoughts and plans are."


"Again, the week was such a blessing and answer to prayer. And from our conversations with the girls, they experienced and learned so many things .....about academics, rules, freedoms, honesty, friendship...just to name a few. Thank you for providing such an atmosphere for them to experience and learn and grow. Good luck with the rest of this week at camp! I hope you are getting some rest! that possible on campus with all that

youthful energy?????"

(Mom of Campers)

"Greg, ...your orientation toward training students to be researchers and critical thinkers is just what our girls needed. It has also spilled over into how they approach history and literature..."


"Greg, ...what you did for our daughter will have far reaching effects. You showed her that learning can be enjoyable..."

"Greg,... your teaching motivates my kids like no teacher ever has. Thank you for bringing some joy back in to our homeschooling."

Katy in Virginia

"Hey Greg, we made it back to Saint Louis and I totaled our miles driven this past week: 1,600!!! That's dedication to my lovely daughter. : ) She had an INCREDIBLE time at Camp and really she talked about it non-stop for at least the first 200 miles. We're still hearing stories and I know this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for her in so many ways. Thank you for making it happen."


Click here to see lots of photos

"Greg, I want to let you know how much we appreciate the session on academic excellence you did last week. Both Maggie and Mason were encouraged and motivated. Thank you for the obvious time and effort you put into making it a meaningful and practical guide."

"Reading over their notes and your outline made me recommit to doing my work as a wife, mother, and teacher as an act of service to the Lord. What a blessing it is to have fellow homeschoolers like your family to be such support and encouragement to us!

Thank you. Blessings to you."

Lisa Smith


"Greg, thank you so much for allowing our daughter this opportunity to

experience first hand what could hopefully be her career in the future. We both felt a genuine kindren and care from you for the kids. We appreciate the structure and guidance you offered. It allowed us to feel that our daughter was safe with you. Thanks again."

(Dad and Mom of June 2009 Camp Attendee)


No Electronics at Camp

In the interest of students focusing on camp, science, and the people around them, this is an electronics-free camp. We will hold phones and give students access to them each evening for 15 minutes if they'd like to call parents.


"Greg, For the 2 hours it took to drive to the airport, those girls talked and talked and talked. So much was  discussed, both about what happened in the labs and the fun they had in town. The balance of work and play was perfect and key for it to be a successful experience. No one complained about the homework either."


"Kelsey was particularly impressed by how easy going and relaxed you were, along with your ability to make the subject so much fun to learn. She wished she had brought the sheep fetus home. Thanks again. Hope you have a fun summer."


"Hi Greg, I meant to write you before now. We just wanted to let you know how much Rebecca enjoyed camp!! She is still telling us stories and sharing her new knowledge of anatomy. She has shared pictures via email with the new friends she made there and was thrilled to be among students who shared similar interests. We couldn't have asked for a better experience for her! And the ride with the Jenkins worked out wonderfully!"


"We thank you for all of that but most of all for giving us the reassurance of her being in a safe, Christian environment. We will let everyone here know about your program so you can be expecting a few more south Florida students in the future! Thanks again and many blessings."

Beth Harwell

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Questions? Click here to contact Greg Landry


I'm very excited about this camp! It is a unique opportunity for students to be immersed in the world of marine science for a week. Whether you have a student who already loves marine science or a student who just wants to explore marine science, they'll love this camp. And, they'll come away with a great experience and a full understanding of the scope of marine science.

We'll breathe, eat, sleep, work, and play marine science... and have lots of fun in the process. Your student will be well supervised by me and other homeschooling parents. They'll be taught by me and other experienced teachers who are a part of Sea Lab research facility.


Please don't hesitate to email me or call me if you have questions.

Click here to see lots of photos.


Greg Landry

Homeschool Dad & Former College Professor

P.S. A homeschool mom's blog post about her experience at Marine Science Camp


Marine Science Camp Details


We'll stay at a beach house (or houses) on Dauphin Island, Alabama on the Gulf of Mexico. Our "LAB" and all aspects of the camp will be on and around this small subtropical island.


Girls Camp: October 8-14, 2023
Girls & Guys Camp (staying in separate houses): Octob
er 15-21, 2023
Guys Camp: February 18-24, 2024


Students age 12-18 on the first day of camp are eligible to attend camp.

Flying in?
We'll transport students from Mobile Regional Airport to camp and from camp to Mobile Regional Airpor
t (MOB).


Meals are provided and most meals will be eaten at the beach house with the exceptions of a few restaurant meals during the week and three lunches at the Sea Lab cafeteria. Students are welcome to bring snacks if they'd like.


The camp will be led and supervised by Greg and Nancy Landry. Male students will be supervised by vetted and background checked homeschool dads and female students will be supervised by vetted and background checked homeschool moms. If you would like to apply to be a "camp mom" or "camp dad" - after you register your student for camp, you can request an application.

Spiritual aspects?

We'll have a daily devotional / prayer time and the focus of the camp will be illuminating God's creation.

Credit for your student's transcript?

Transcript credit is one semester of marine science with labs.

What about electronics (phones and computers) at camp?

In the interest of students focusing on camp, science, and the people around them, this is an electronics-free camp. We will hold phones and give students access to them each evening for 15 minutes if they'd like to call parents.


There are no prerequisites for this camp.

What does the camp fee cover?
It covers everything: meals, lodging, classes, excursions, labs, supervision, etc. There are no additional costs.


What will we do?

Part of what we do will be on our own and part in conjunction with programs of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Estuarium research facility...

----- Estuaries Boat Trip - This is an Incredible Experience!

The group will explore Mobile Bay and/or the Gulf of Mexico aboard the research boat Alabama Discovery. The students will learn about the biology, ecology, and diversity of this incredible ecosystem by trawling to collect and identify animals that inhabit Alabama’s coastal waters. Students will also have the opportunity to use scientific equipment to observe plankton and to measure various physical parameters of the water while at sea.


----- Alabama Sea Lab Aquarium Visit

We'll visit the Sea Lab aquarium as we study and enjoy the beauty of God's creation. The Aquarium is an exciting educational venue highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands, and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. It includes the 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, a 7,000-gallon stingray touch pool, and the Living Marsh Boardwalk. This facility has 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. The Aquarium showcases the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the estuary and its surrounding marine habitats.

----- ROVing the Gulf - Build a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)

Sttudents will learn about new and exciting technology that scientists use to study the ocean, especially the deep sea. After an engaging presentation on ocean bathymetry, the Gulf of Mexico and the deep sea, and a brief introduction to design principles, student teams build their own remotely operated vehicle (ROV). They will test their design and driving skills by deploying the ROVs in the Sea Lab swimming pool.

----- Swimming at the Beach + Kayaking & Paddle Boarding

We'll also have some downtime at the beach (just outside our door) and exploring the small island. But of course, we could also incorporate some learning experiences there too. :)

Plus Some Combination of Four of These...



----- Ocean Currents & Drifters for GPS Tracking - Launch a Drifter

We'll study ocean currents and the gulf stream and how currents are tracked by marine scientists. Drifters are devices that track water currents and they can be constructed from simple and inexpensive materials, launched in local waters, and followed through a phone app using GPS tracking.  Drifters have been used to track oil from spills, lost vessels, and even trash in the ocean.

----- Coastal Habitat Beach Exploration & Habitat Study

The high-energy side of Dauphin Island is a dynamic landscape. Erosion occurs daily, but tropical storms and hurricanes can have a dramatic effect. After an introduction to the beach, dune, and maritime forest habitats, students will explore them. Along the way, various animals and plants will be identified and discussed, highlighting their adaptations to their physical environment.

----- Wetlands / Marsh Ecology & Exploration

Students will use common sampling equipment such as seines and sieves to catch and identify various plant and animal species from Dauphin Island’s salt marsh.


----- Coastal Oceanography

This program introduces students to concepts of physical oceanography. The emphasis is on waves, their characteristics, and how scientists measure them. Hurricanes, which have an incredible amount of wave energy, are also discussed. Other topics include currents, tides, salinity, and beach erosion. A scientific approach is used to collect random samples and data is graphed. After an introduction in the classroom, the students will measure waves in the Gulf of Mexico.

----- Watershed to Water Analysis

Students engage in an authentic research experience by walking to a local pond on Dauphin Island, conducting water quality tests, and interpreting their data.

----- Marine Debris - What's in the Water

Students explore the problem of marine debris discovering microplastics, its sources, and how it affects ocean life. Students will collect and analyze debris.

----- Kayaking Coastal Habitats

Students explore the biodiversity of Dauphin Island’s coastal habitats by kayak. The guided kayak tour gives students another look at the salt marsh habitat and learn about it's inhabitants (with the possibility of gator sightings). :)

----- Squid Dissection and Specimen Lab

Students engage in a detailed introduction to the major marine phyla found along the Gulf Coast. Guided by an educator, they will dissect a squid to learn about the anatomy of cephalopods. This lab also includes handling and identifying dozens of marine specimens.

----- Island Exploration Pontoon Boat Excursion

We'll go out on a boat to explore local islands / the "Katrina break" and possibly some fishing and swimming.

----- Visit Historic Maritime Fort Morgan via Ferry Boat

We'll travel by ferry boat from Dauphin Island to visit historic maritime Fort Morgan. Used intermittently through the Spanish American War, World War I, and World War II, the site showcases the evolution of seacoast fortifications and adaptations made by the U.S. Army for the defense of the country. In 1946 the site was turned over to the State of Alabama as a historic site.


The Ideal Marine Science Classroom

Using the island, beach, and the Gulf of Mexico as our classroom we'll study islands, beaches, marine birds, boats and buoyancy, marine navigation, the climate of bodies of water, tides, light and sound in water, pressure, and temperature in water, extreme marine environments, etc.

Questions? Click here to contact Greg Landry



Led by Former College Professor Greg Landry

(has led academic camps for over 15 years)

Space is Limited and on a First-Come, First-Served Basis



Camp Option #1

Girls Camp: October 8-14, 2023
Camp Fee: $2470

Camp Option #2

Girls & Guys Camp (staying in separate houses): October 15-21, 2023
Camp Fee: $2470


Camp Option #3
Guys Camp: February 18-24, 2024
Camp Fee: $2470


Christ-Centered & No Electronics

Note: the camp fee covers everything
there are no additional costs

Click here to see lots of photos

Questions? Click here to contact Greg Landry

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