Marine Resources Council

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Summer camp is the MRC education staff’s favorite time of year! Every year, the Lagoon Castaway Camp inspires and educates youth about the importance of the Indian River Lagoon. We offer a variety of hands-on activities, helping campers discover the connection between science and nature in the world around them. The MRC education staff is pleased to offer all new content for this year’s summer camp.

The 2022 Lagoon Castaway Camp will take place from June 6 to August 5 for explorers ages 8 to 13 years old at the Lagoon House (3275 Dixie Highway NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905). Each week of camp is limited to 20 explorers. For each day of camp please make sure your camper is prepared with close-toed shoes, sunscreen, clothes to get wet/dirty in, and plenty of food and water to energize exploration. Below are the different educational themes our campers will be exploring this summer!

Sea Perch

Session 1: June 6-10 SOLD OUT
Session 2: July 11-15 SOLD OUT

Join us for a week of STEM activities! Campers will channel their creativity as they work together to construct underwater ROVs. Explorers will learn about scientific concepts such as electricity, physics, and engineering in a fun, hands-on manner. On the last day of camp, the young engineers will put their SeaPerch’s to the test by navigating their ROV through underwater obstacle courses at a community pool.

MRC's Summer Camp
Day 1: We’re Stronger Together
Day 2: It’s Electric
Day 3: Fine Tuning and Testing
Day 4: Science Is Everywhere
Day 5: Time to Test Our Creations!


Session 1: June 13-17 SOLD OUT
Session 2: July 18-22 SOLD OUT

Join us for a week of outdoor survival activities! Campers will explore the unique natural habitat at the Lagoon House and learn valuable outdoor survival skills such as navigation, plant identification, and shelter building. On the last day of camp, explorers will venture to Wickham Park to utilize their survival skills to locate Geocaches.

MRC Survivor Camp
Day 1: Water Is Life
Day 2: Picking Plants
Day 3: Fire and Shelter
Day 4: Navigation
Day 5: Exploring Wickham Park

The Circle of Life

Session 1: June 20-24 SOLD OUT
Session 2: July 25-29 SOLD OUT

Join us for a week of animal exploration! Campers will learn about food chains and trophic interactions among lagoon, scrub, and ocean habitats. On the last day of camp, the young scientists will inspect the many habitats of Sebastian Inlet State Park.

MRC Circle of Life Camp
Day 1: Loving Lagoon Habitats
Day 2: Super Scrub Friends (with guest presentation from the Florida Wildlife Hospital)
Day 3: Birds, Birds, Birds!
Day 4: Exploring the Oceans
Day 5: The Many Habitats of Sebastian Inlet State Park

Earth to Sky

Session 1: June 27-July 1
Almost Full!
Session 2: August 1-5

Join us for a week of exploring our natural world! Through hands-on activities such as squid dissections and space simulations, campers will learn about natural phenomena from the deep ocean’s crust through our atmosphere to outer space. Included in this week’s adventures is a trip to Turkey Creek Sanctuary AND the Spoil Islands!

MRC Circle of Life Camp
Day 1: The Oceans Deep
Day 2: Caring for the Coasts
Day 3: Friendly Forests at Turkey Creek
Day 4: Up in Our Atmosphere
Day 5: The Final Frontier

MRC Summer Camp 2022 Details

Location: Lagoon House, 3275 Dixie Highway NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905
Camp Hours: 9:00 am–1:30 pm; aftercare available from 1:30–5:30 pm

  • Drop off will be between 8:45 and 9:00 am
  • Pick up will be between 1:30 and 1:45 pm

Camp Fees: $300 per session, with an additional $120 per week for after care.

DueDue to COVID-19 concerns, the MRC is continuing to implement extra precautions to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our campers. Before coming to the first day of camp, please discuss proper hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and the importance of physical distancing with your child. We also ask parents/guardians to assess the health of your child daily and to please notify us immediately if your child has any of the following symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea). More information regarding COVID procedures will be sent to your email address prior to camp.

*Camp topics, activities, and field trips are subject to change

Upon completion of registration a waiver/photo release form will be sent via your confirmation email. The waiver/photo release form will need to be completed and returned on the first day of camp, otherwise your camper will not be able to participate.