Camp Citrus Summer Camp at The Marine Science 2014

MSS BoatCamp Citrus Summer Camp at The Marine Science 2014

Middle School & High School

The Marine Science Station will again be hosting Camp Citrus Summer Camp, three summer camp experiences, two for Middle Schoolers: June 9 through June 13, 2014 and June 23 through June 27, 2014 and one for High Schoolers: June 16 through June 20, 2013.  Camp will be limited to 30 Middle School students (A waiting list will be established in case someone is unable to attend).  Eligible students will have successfully completed the 6th, 7th or 8th grade for middle school and for those that have completed the 9th grade for High School.

MSS SnorkleThe 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 and a library are also available for student use.

Students enrolled in camp will live at the Marine Science Station for one week.  During that week the students will participate in various activities while exploring the unique coastal habitats of West Central Florida.  Daily boat 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 three 23-foot boats and one 27 foot boat, each capable of carrying 15 passengers for field studies and excursions.  All boats meet and exceed U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements and are operated by USCG licensed captains.  Also available are canoes, nets, trawls, and other collecting gear.


Summer Camp fees are $349 per student.  This fee includes all needed supplies, housing meals and an evening snack.  Also included are all daily trips, nighttime activities and a camp T-shirt.

Students need only bring a SMALL amount of personal spending money.  Additional T-shirts, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellant and single use cameras will be available for purchase at the camp.


Campers will reside in an air-conditioned dorm.  Campers will need to bring a sleeping bag or bedding (bunks with mattresses are provided) and a pillow.  The camper will provide all personal toiletry items.

Program may include, but is certainly not limited to:

  • General Estuarine Survey
  • Oyster Bar
  • Springs Snorkel Trip
  • Deepwater Drags
  • Sponge Bed Snorkel Trip
  • Gomez Rocks Snorkel Trip
  • Weeki Wachee Canoe Trip
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Volleyball, Basketball and other sports equipment is available for use during free time

Program Staff:

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 certified teachers 24 hours each day. The permanent staff includes the program director, resource teachers, custodian, secretary and food service workers.


Interested students should complete the application packet and return it to the Marine Science Station at the address printed on the top of the application.  Application review will begin April 1st and continue until all positions are filled.

Hugh P. Adkins, Supervisor

Marine Science Station
12646 West Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, Florida 34429
(352) 795-4393

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