High School

Applicants must be enrolled in the Citrus County School District  for the 2020-21 school year. Eligible high school campers are those who will complete 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Interested students should complete the application packet (link below) and return it to the Marine Science Station at the address printed on the top of the application. Application review will begin May 3rd and notification of acceptance letters will be mailed out no later than May 10th

We will be hosting one High School summer DAY camp experience: We are NOT offering an overnight camp this year.

Monday, June 21, 2021 - Thursday, June 24, 2021

Camp will be limited to 24 High School students (A waiting list will be established in case someone is unable to attend). Eligible students will currently be in either the 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade.

The Marine Science Station facilities are located on a fifteen-acre marsh hammock that fronts the Salt River to the north with the remaining sides facing the tidal marsh. Improvements to the site include two dormitories, dining hall, student classroom/wet laboratory with aquaria, assembly room with computer lab and an office. A fifty-foot observation tower, waterfront gazebos, and recreational areas are all available for student use.

The experience that students have during a visit to the Marine Science Station is enhanced by the fact that they are under the supervision of Citrus County School District certified teachers and an administrator each day. The station setting is an isolated community having continuous and consistent leadership.

During camp, the students will participate in various activities while exploring the unique coastal habitats of West Central Florida. Daily excursions will take students on exciting explorations of the fresh water spring systems of the area, the estuary system as well as into the Gulf of Mexico, where they spend time snorkeling and swimming in order to experience these unique areas first hand. The station has boats capable of carrying up to 15 passengers and 1 boat operator for field studies and excursions. All boats meet U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements for recreational vessels and are operated by the MSS Staff. All costs of operating the boats during Coastal Camp Citrus are funded through a grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and donations from the Kings Bay Rotary Club.

Coastal Camp Citrus Includes:

*Daily boat trips/field experiences to various sites along the Nature Coast including Crystal River, Kings Bay, Salt River, Estuaries, and Gulf of Mexico
*All necessary field gear including mask & snorkels, nets, etc.
*Lunch only
*Four days of camp from 8:00am-4:30pm 

Registration Fee:

*$175.00 per participant (this covers the costs associated with materials, serving meals, and educational activities for the week. The costs of operating the boats during Coastal Camp Citrus are funded through a grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and donations from the Kings Bay Rotary Club)
*Partial and/or full financial aid scholarships may be available to those who qualify

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