Marine Biology: The Life Aquatic at BGSU


Program Dates: July 21 - 26, 2024      Apply Now

Camp Overview 

Are you interested in how marine ecosystems work? Do you want to know more about marine animals? BGSU has one of the few marine biology and aquatic science programs in the Midwest where you can explore life at sea! This camp engages students in understanding marine ecology by working closely with the University’s extensive collection of saltwater specimens.  


Camp Details

  • Residential Day Camp 
  • Camp Dates: July 21-26, 2024 
  • Room & board provided

What kinds of activities do campers get to do?

  • Field trips to locations around Northwest Ohio to examine aquatic life and environments
  • Hands on experiences and activities to practice specimen collection sampling procedures
  • Design and run an experiment in our new Undergraduate Aquatic Research Lab
  • Experience our Marine Lab and learn how to care for aquatic organisms
  • Dissections of various aquatic and marine organisms to learn anatomy and physiology
  • Behind the scenes trip of the aquarium at the Toledo Zoo
  • Meet active professionals in the marine and aquatic sciences to learn what it means to be a marine/aquatic scientist

Who can attend?

  • Students entering 10th through 12th grade in the fall of 2024 and must be between the ages of 14-17 for the duration of the camp program. 

What does the cost cover?  

The cost of $1225 covers room and board as well as coverage for counselor supervision. Additional amenities include all materials for labs/activities as well as admission costs and transportation for field trips. Financial assistance is available in the form of campership applications. Additionally families may find support through the Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment Educational Savings Program. 

Financial Assistance Application

Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment Educational Savings Program

COVID-19 Protocols 

  • Participants of age are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 prior to the arrival of camp 
  • Students will self monitor and alert staff of any new symptoms prior to the start of each day. 
  • Any student experiencing symptoms or who becomes ill during the program must be able to leave campus the same day and may not be eligible to return circumstances depending. 
  • Parent/Care taker must be available to remove the camper from the program the same day as illness onset. BGSU Summer camps and programs will not isolate or quarantine participants other than remaining in their own housing assignment until the arrival of parent/guardian. 

Application Requirements 

  • Complete the online form
  • Complete responses to short-answer questions
  • (1) letter of recommendation 
    • Provide contact information for the individual(s) completing the required letter of recommendation in your applicatoin. 

Note: Answers to questions provided by anyone other than that applicant will forfiet the application

Application Cancellation Policy

  • All programs, or camps within a program, may be subject to minimum enrollment and may be canceled if enrollment minimum is not met. In the event of a cancelled program all fees and registration costs will be refunded.
  • Campers may withdraw their application at anytime by sending an e-mail to

Application Deadlines

  • March 1, 2024 - To be considered for early admission. Applicants notifed by March 18
  • April 15, 2024 - General Application Deadline. * Please note that all spaces may fill after selection from the early admission deadline.


To reserve your seat in camp a $85.00 non-refundable deposit is due by March 29th to secure your place in camp.


  • Camp may be paid in full at any time. If you choose to pay in installments, below is the payment scheudule. 
  • Please use the payment link sent in the original e-mail to complete subsequent payments 
  Payment Amount Due Date


$85 Upon Acceptance

Payment #1

$190 April 12

Payment #2

April 26

Payment #3

$190 May 10

Payment #4

$190 May 24

Payment #5

$190 June 7
Payment #6 $190 June 21


Forms will be collected via CampDocs. Information with a link to the site will be sent with your acceptance.

  • BGSU Waiver
  • BGSU Medical Authorization Form
  • BGSU Medical: Permission to Dispense Medication (Used for over the counter medication, tylenol, sinus etc)
  • BGSU Media Release
  • Camp Rules & Policies 
  • Review & Complete the Covid-19 protocol awareness form 


If a registration is canceled, the individual or organization making the original CAMP payment will receive:

  • Full refund minus deposit if cancelation occurs on or before May 31, 2024
  • 75% refund minus deposit if cancelation occurs  22 days or more to the start of camp.
  • 50% refund minus depost if cancelation occurs between 14 days and 21 days to the start of camp.
  • No refund for a "No Show" or for a cancellation request received less than 2 weeks prior to the start date of the program. 

Students dismissed for disciplinary reasons are not eligible for any refund.

Updated: 03/28/2024 12:34PM