The Experience

Shark Week is known around the world for its exciting video clips, scientist interviews, and of course the sharks! People young and old look forward to watching every summer, but often time’s kids are left wanting more. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is here to offer more for kids ages 7-9 through our Shark Week Summer Program. The one week day program will introduce youth to shark biology through hands on activities, outdoor experiences, and traditional camp games altered to be shark themed. Programs will be led by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Education Director Marianne Long, and partnering staff from host sites. Programs will keep a ratio of 1 staff member to every 7 kids, and will be land based. Youth will be wading in water, but at no time will they be swimming.

Activities and Themes

Over the course of the week long program students will be exposed to the following shark biology concepts:

  • Anatomy

  • Habitat

  • Ecology

  • Species Variation

  • Diet 

  • Conservation

As well as be introduced to the methods of current shark research!

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These themes will be covered with some of the following labs and activities:

  • Spiny Dogfish Shark Dissection

  • OCEARCH Method Mock Tagging

  • Fossil Find and Identification

  • Engineering Models for Research

  • Salt Marsh Ecology Hikes

  • Recycled Art Shark Creation

  • Salt Water Chemistry


Students must be within the age range specified for each program.

Emergency contact & photography release forms are provided after registration and must be signed & returned before sessions begin.

Medical forms must be completed and returned before a child is allowed to attend.

AWSC discipline and health policies will be distributed at the time of registration.

This program does not offer Individual Education Plans (IEP) for students.


Registration will not be processed unless accompanied by full payment.

$50 of each tuition is a non- refundable administrative fee.

50% will be refunded if cancellation is made at least 5 days prior to the start of the session.

Sessions are not pro-rated for missed days.

Complete refunds will be made if a program is cancelled for insufficient registration.


2017 Host sites and program dates:

  • Chatham Marconi Maritime Center - Chatham, MA
    • July 17- 21 (Students entering grades 4 to 7) and August 7 - 11 (Students entering grades 4 to 7)
    • 9 am - 12 pm
    • $250
    • Registration information coming soon


  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - Brewster, MA
    • Aug 14 - 18 (Ages 7 to 9) and Aug 21 - 25 (Ages 10 to 12)
    • 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
    • $375 members/$400 non members
    • Registration now open! 

Our summer programs at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History are full for Summer 2017.