Virtual Marine Science Summer Camp Ages 8-18

The Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI) Virtual Summer Camp at Jacksonville University is for students ages 8-18. This camp will make marine sciences inclusive and accessible to youth from around the globe to foster curiosity, encourage learning, understand pathways to careers in marine science, and understand the current work being done to conserve our blue planet by participating organizations. Supporting students from all walks of life, this virtual camp will feature 5 days of collaborative hosted content, providing a holistic view of marine sciences and potential career paths in STEM fields. 

To take part in the Virtaul Summer Camp join us on YouTube:

Camp Dates

July 20th - 24th
FREE for ages 8-18

Register Online

July 20thKickoff, JU & OCEARCH, Marine Science experiments, Ocean drifters

with JU, OCEARCH, St. Johns Riverkeeper and The Science of...

 OCEARCH logo      St. Johns River Keeper        The Science of...

Session Topics & Speakers

  • 11:00 AM: JU-OCEARCH w/ Dr. Franks, LoBuglio, & Hooten Q&A
  • 1:00 PM: Marine Science experiments w/ Dr. Simmons and St Johns Riverkeeper’s Emily Floore 
  • 3:00 PM: Ocean drifters & Q&A w/ Dr. Stalker & special guest(s)

July 21st - TBA

with SharkCon


Session Topics & Speakers

  • 11:00 AM: SharkCon
  • 1:00 PM: SharkCon
  • 3:00 PM: SharkCon

July 22ndMarine Megafauna 

with Sharks4KidsThe Science of... and Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

sharks 4 kids        The Science of...       Jax Zoo

Session Topics & Speakers

  • 11:00 AM: The Science Of… manatee Q&A w/ Dr. Pinto followed by coral reef ecology and a 19th century sea shanty with Dr. Dan McCarthy
  • 1:00 PM: Sharks4Kids: Introduction to sharks with Chloe Prayon 
  • 3:00 PM: The Science Of… sea turtles Q&A w/ Jacksonville Zoo Conservation Program Officer Lucas Meers 

July 23rdWhite Shark Research & Fishing for Science 



Session Topics & Speakers

  • 11:00 AM:  OCEARCH Presentation, Lindsay
  • 1:00 PM: White Shark and OCEARCH Presentation, Lindsay
  • 3:00 PM:  Minorities In Shark Sciences with Jasmin Graham and Amani Webber-Schultz 

July 24th - Careers in Marine Science

with JU, Crowley and JAXPORT

Crowley Logo       JaxPort


Session Topics & Speakers

  • 11:00 AM: Marine Career Discussions with Daniel Smith, Dr. Lena Schulze, Jill Christoferson, and Tom Martin 
  • 1:00 PM: Crowley presentations with audience participation 
  • 3:00 PM: JAXPORTpresentations with audience participation



Camp Supplies Needed

Helpful supplies to have on hand when trying out some marine science experiments along with Dr. Melinda Simmons:

  • Three clear containers of the same size (Measuring cups or ball jars with measurements on the side are ideal, but regular drinking glasses will suffice.)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Salt (sugar can be used instead)
  • Liquid food coloring (the gel type will not work)
  • Liquids of varying densities such as: honey, syrup, dishwashing soup, water, different types of oils, rubbing alcohol
  • Objects of varying densities such as: a nut or bolt, a grape or cherry tomato, glitter
  • Warm water
  • Ice cubes
  • Slotted spoon (a piece of screen or fork will work too)
  • Three stir sticks (chopsticks, spoons, butter knives, etc. can be used as long as all three implements are identical)
  • Paper
  • Pen

If you do not have all of these supplies, do not fret! Participate with what you have available for hands-on fun or participate by posting comments and questions in our YouTube Live comments section.



Registration is now live! 

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Contact Us

Questions please call (904) 256-7766, or email us at


Support MSRI Camps

The MSRI virtual summer camp is free thanks to the support of our partners. This week-long virtual camp allows students around the globe to learn about marine science, take part in science activities at home, and identify pathways to marine-related careers. To celebrate this learning opportunity and support the work of the Marine Science Research Institute, please consider making a gift today. You may designate your gift below. Thank you for investing in Jacksonville University.

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