History of Whale Camp

38 years of fun!

Established in 1984, The Whale Camp’s marine science program has had an exceptional experiential impact on hundreds of students ages ten to seventeen. The Whale Camp’s hands-on programming and vibrantly personal experiences brings students face-to-face to study whales, porpoises, seals, puffins and numerous other marine and avian species in their own natural habitat. These experiences have proven to be both life-affirming and life-changing, igniting and inspiring a passionate curiosity to learn more about our ocean’s and planet’s life processes.

Dennis and Orma Bowen


Dennis and Orma Bowen (above) started the Whale Camp in 1984. It was their dream to use the natural beauty, charm, and mystique of Grand Manan Island and the rich marine science resources in the Bay of Fundy as an outdoor experiential classroom to provide many of the missing elements of traditional education. They designed the Whale Camp’s marine science programs to be a truly hands-on, fun, and experiential learning adventure.

Sadly, Dennis passed away in June 2014. Orma and the Whale Camp staff are dedicated to carrying out Dennis’ vision and continue to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all the aspiring adventurers and marine scientists that pass through their doors. Dennis inspired countless campers and educators over the years; his passion was infectious and there are undoubtedly former campers all over the globe educating, researching, and exploring while carrying out Dennis’ legacy.