Aquatic Explorers Camp


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Bowling Green State University


The BGSU Aquatic Explorers Camp is for students who will be rising 8th and 9th grade students for the 2019-2020 school year.

While Bowling Green State University is not known for its beautiful ocean shore, we are still lucky enough to have a phenomenal marine biology and aquatic science program that we want to share with your student. Each student will have a unique chance to understand marine ecology by working closely with the University’s extensive collection of saltwater specimen. Students will also have the opportunity to explore our own Lake Erie habitats by engaging in research projects both in the laboratory and on the water in aquatic research vessels. We will take trips to the Stone Lab facility on South Bass Island and explore behind the scenes at the Aquatic Center at the Toledo Zoo.

Throughout multiple hands-on activities, students will explore how marine animals live and adapt to various environments. They will also be able to examine the anatomy, both structure and function, of marine animals allow them to live in their water filled worlds. In order to help the students practice what they learn, they will observe live sea life in the Marine Lab at BGSU and conduct habitat experiments based on their observations.

Learning will be done through lab experiments and related activities such as, caring for various aquatic tanks, field trips to local streams, and a fun-filled day at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium.

Camp Activities

  • Care for one of the tanks in the Marine Lab
  • Dissect samples of marine life
  • Create and design their own experiments
  • Explore campus and experience what a residential college campus experience might be like
  • Teambuilding activities, games and recreational events at places like the Student Recreation Center and Planetarium. 
  • Meet professionals and learn about careers in S.T.E.M.

The BGSU Aquatic Explorers Camp is for students who will be rising 8th and 9th grade students in the Fall of 2019. 

The cost per youth is $645. Payment plan available ( 1st & 2nd payments of $200 and a final payment of $245)

Cost breakdown

Included in the cost of the camp is housing, meals, and all learning adventures:

  • Admission to the Toledo zoo for a behind the scenes look at the at the aquarium, all its fish, and an opportunity to chat     with the people who care for them.
  • The boat ride and admission to Stone Laboratory on South Bass Island for a look into our own aquatic ecosystem here in     our backyard: Lake Erie. Students will be able to explore local ecosystems and an OSU facility. They will also have the     opportunity to talk to scientists actively researching our lake.
  • Supplies for experiments and dissections.
  •  Access to BGSU’s rec center, rock climbing wall, planetarium, and more!

Example Daily Schedule


           12:00 - 2:00             Check-in and Orientation

           2:00  - 3:00             Program Expectations, Schedule Review and Dinner

           3:00 - 5:00              Instruction

           5:00 - 6:00              Dinner 

           6:00 – 11:00             Evening Instruction, Team Buildling, Games & Activities

           11:00                         Lights Out

Thursday – Thursday:

            7:00 – 8:00             Wake-up calls

            8:00 – 9:00             Breakfast

            9:00 – 12:00            Instruction / Labs / Field Trips  

            12:00 – 1:00            Lunch

            1:00 – 4:00             Taking Care of animals and aquariums / Project work time  

            4:00 – 6:00            Recreation Time   

            6:00 – 7:00            Dinner

            7:00 – 10:00           Instruction / Evening Labs / Dissections

            10:00 – 11:00          Recreation Time  

            11:00                       Lights Out


            7:00 – 8:00            Wake-up calls

            8:00 – 9:00            Breakfast

            9:00 – 12:00           Instruction

            12:00 – 1:00            Lunch

            1:00 – 3:00             Final Presentations  

Application Requirements 

  • Completing the application form & answers to questions 
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Letter of Recommendation (Required)

Letter of Reference Requirements 

  • Applicants should send the following information to the person submitting their letter of reference for them to complete this portion of the application   
  • Letter of Reference Online Form & Submission Link:

Cancellation Policy

  • An applicant may cancel or withdraw their application at any time.
  • Once selected and payment has been submitted, there is a 14-day cancellation policy.
  • After 14 days, no refunds will be given.

Selection process is based on:

  • Fully completed application
  • Responses to short-answer questions
  • Letter of recommendation if required 
  • One-page cover letter if required 


Selected applicants will be notified on or before May 3rd via email with camp details, forms and payment information.