The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Youth Summer Program

People around the world have a love for shark week. A whole week dedicated to learning about and watching sharks in their natural environment, what's not to love? We wanted to offer a more hands on version of shark week for youth on Cape Cod, and provide youth with an opportunity to really experience shark week. From engineering labs where they learn how to build and apply shark tags, to a dissection of locally caught dogfish, youth learn by getting messy and having fun!

Our week long programs immerse youth in lessons and labs that bring shark week to life and allow them to be a shark scientist. Programs are for youth ages 7 to 12 and vary by location.

Please review the information below to learn about the different programs offered:


Shark Week at the
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

The one week day program will introduce youth to shark biology through hands-on activities, outdoor experiences, and traditional shark camp games. Activities at this location include: mock tagging demonstration, shark art projects, engineering challenges, salt marsh adventures, and the dissection of a spiny dogfish shark!

The second session is designed for any returning shark scientists, as well as first timers. It will include all of the activities listed above, as well as some new labs and challenges!

August 12-16 from 9:00AM until 3:00PM (Ages 7 to 9)

August 19-23 from 9:00AM until 3:00PM (Ages 10 to 12)


Shark Week at the
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

This is a half day program where youth will participate in labs and activities in a classroom, as well as on the lawn of the center. All of these programs are for youth entering grades 4 to 7.

July 8- July 12 from 9AM to 12PM

July 29- August 2 from 9AM to 12PM

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Shark Enthusiasts at the
Chatham Elementary School

Immerse yourself in shark biology and marine science! Lean more about sharks through hands-on labs, outdoor exploration, and field trips to several local destinations. We’ll engineer hydraulic arms to complete sampling challenges, learn about the various tags used in tracking sharks, review the anatomy of a shark by completing a shark dissection, take a boat trip out to an active shark receiver, and observe the white shark’s primary food source—seals! Program offered in partnership with the MA Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

July 15 - 19 for Ages 5 - 7

July 22 - 26 for Ages 11 to 13




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.