Welcome to Whale Camp!

Learn about marine biology this summer through hands-on learning and field exploration at summer camp on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada!

Register for Summer 2024

Whale Camp: the best marine biology summer camp for teens in Canada and the US!

 At Whale Camp, we provide marine biology experiential educational programs and facilities for learning about the dynamic marine ecology of the Bay of Fundy as well as the coastal, terrestrial, and human ecologies of Grand Manan Island. Our goal is to use hands-on, discovery-oriented marine science activities in a summer camp setting to increase awareness and understanding of these living systems and, by extension, the living systems of our oceans and planet.

Whale Camp was founded on the philosophies of place-based experiential learning and human ecology. Campers construct their understanding of the complex ecology of the Bay of Fundy through scaffolded ecological investigations. Nearly all of their learning occurs in the field, guided by instructors but driven by camper curiosity and observation.

Two Whale Camp students exploring the tide pools on Grand Manan Island. They are using buckets, scoop nets, and their hands to collect and examine tidepool flora and fauna at low tide.

Get a feel for our summer camp spirit

 

Whale camp is all about following your bliss, exploring nature, and of course searching for whales and other sea creatures in the Bay of Fundy.

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Our Location

We are located on Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick, Canada. This little island of about 3000 people sits in the Bay of Fundy, host to the highest tides in the world. Our campus consists of two dormitories, a kitchen and dining area, a small snack bar and merchandise shop, and 14 acres of forest, meadow, and coastline to explore. See more photos of life at camp and the island in our gallery.

Map of Maine, New Brunswick, and the Bay of Fundy showing the border crossing from Calais, Maine into New Brunswick to get to the ferry terminal at Blacks Harbour and finally Grand Manan Island where Whale camp is located. Machias Seal Island is also shown offshore with a small cartoon puffin next to it.

Grand Manan Island

Our campus is located in Seal Cove on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, which is in the Bay of Fundy! We get to experience the highest tides in the world, productive waters full of life, and a diverse array of coastal and terrestrial ecosystems.

A view from one of the dorms at camp. The green fields and picnic table are in the foreground and the ocean can be seen in the distance.

Our campus:

We have two dormitories, a kitchen, a canteen with snacks, and acres of land to explore while at camp. Can you spot the ocean in the distance? Our sandy beach is accessible at low tide where we play games, explore the intertidal algae, and do beach clean ups!

Four kayaks with campers can be seen on the water through a geological feature called Hole in the Wall on Grand Manan Island

The Island Ecosystem:

There is so much to explore on Grand Manan. When we aren’t out on the boat looking for whales, dolphins, seals, and sharks, we are checking out amazing geological formations, exploring bog and marsh ecosystems, and looking for tidepool creatures!

Explore Our Youth Programs

Our traditional summer camp programs are available for adventurers ages 10 – 17. We offer one- and two-week hands-on programs at Whale Camp where we go on whale watches, visit the puffin nesting colony on Machias Seal Island, and offer experiential lessons in the field. Some lessons you might explore at camp include forest ecology, bog and marsh ecology, marine mammal physiology, geology, and tidepool ecology.

We operate on a two-week curriculum cycle, so after engaging in foundational activities in the first week, our two-week campers will explore new areas and learn new content. Check out our summer 2024 dates and prices!

Coming in 2025! Whale camp for adults!

Need to reconnect with nature? Want to be a kid again for a week?! Come to Adult Whale Camp!

Be a kid again

Enjoy a week-long summer camp experience on Grand Manan, a picturesque island in the heart of the Bay of Fundy.

You're Invited!

If you are over the age of 21 and interested in marine biology (or just love exploring nature), we would love to have you at Adult Whale Camp! Individual and group registrations are welcome.