Who We Are

The History of whale camp

Established in 1984, The Whale Camp’s marine science program has had an exceptional experiential impact on hundreds of students ages ten to seventeen.

whale fluke patterning on a humpback whale at camp
WhaleCamp family photo

The Whale Camp’s Mission

Dennis and Orma Bowen 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, experiential learning adventure.

Greyhounds of the Sea

Fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) are the second largest species of whale. They have been known to grow to up to 85 feet long!!! They are also commonly known as finners, finbacks, and common rorquals; however, their extraordinary speed has earned them their most...

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Did you know?! Humpback whales are HEAVY!

Humpback whales are one of the most common whales we see while out whale watching in the Bay of Fundy. They are characterised by their long, white pectoral fins, the hump in front of their dorsal fin, and their unique fluke markings. Did you know that humpback whales...

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Curious where our campers come from?

Whale Camp started out as a school field trip - can you believe it? Teachers Dennis and Orma Bowen started Whale Camp in 1984, bringing their students from Woodlynde School in Pennsylvania, USA up to Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick, Canada. They explored the...

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Join our next Summer Discussion Event – August 12!

Join us on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30 pm ET for the second installment of our summer discussion series Turning the Tides: Changemakers in Ocean Science! This week our theme is Equity, Justice, and the Oceans. Activist and photographer Mo Phùng (she/her) discusses...

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$40,000 College Scholarships for Whale Campers

We are very pleased to announce that in recognition of the value of our marine biology camp, the College of the Atlantic (COA) is offering scholarships of $40,000 over four years to our alumni. The College of the Atlantic is a renowned Liberal Arts college located on...

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