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We're going back to Canada - and Registration is OPEN!!

Click "Sign up for Camp" to start your 2022 adventure!

It's been a long and challenging two years, and we're ready to go home! Whale Camp is planning to operate at our home site on beautiful Grand Manan Island, NB for the summer of 2022! 

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In 2020, we cancelled our plans due to COVID and ran five weeks of outdoor-based remote programming. In 2021 with exxtended border closures and continued concerns with COVID, we moved our entire program to the University of Maine at Machias and had a wonderful summer. We are so thankful to the University, to Captain Butch and Eastport Windjammers whale watching, to Diver Ed, Maine Outdoor School, Downeast Institute and all the professors who helped our vision come to life in Maine! We're really excited to bring some of the lessons we learned along the way to innovate our programs. More than anything, we're excited to return to the fog, the bog, the tidepools, puffins, whales, and our friends on Grand Manan! 

The US-Canada border is open in both directions to vaccinated travelers, but crossing the border remains very complicated with COVID testing requirements and traffic. We will have a backup plan prepared again for summer 2022 in the event that travel restrictions or other health concerns return. Stay tuned for our registration opening in early December, and stay in touch!

We're working to update the other areas of our website back to a Canada-based program, thanks for your patience as we work with a limited staffing at this time! Please reach out with any questions via email.

Join our next Summer Discussion Event - August 12!

Join us on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30pm ET for the second installment of our summer discussion series Turning the Tides: Changemakers in Ocean Science

Mo and the Ocean
This week our theme is Equity, Justice, and the Oceans. Activist and photographer Mo Phùng (she/her) discusses equity, justice, and the oceans and shows how they are so intricately intertwined. Today, it is clear that blue spaces are not accessible to everyone. We dream of a world with diverse and equal representation in marine work and play but we still have a long way to go. As a co-founder of Oceans Week Halifax and the Community Specialist for Ocean Bridge at Ocean Wise, Mo brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in connecting people with the ocean.

You can reserve your tickets here and a link to our Zoom session will be shared before the event. Tickets are by donation, and 100% of proceeds will go towards Mo's work and an organization of her choice, Future Ancestors. Hope to see you there!

Save the Humans: why is it our slogan, and how can we put it into practice right now?

A series on our mission and actions in the face of racism and injustice
Save the Humans
36 years ago, Dennis and Orma Bowen started Whale Camp with a mission to Save the Humans. Over the years, countless staff and campers have wondered about our camp slogan:  “What do you mean ‘Save the Humans’? Aren’t we supposed to ‘Save the Whales’?” Denny always encouraged thinking about it before discussing its meaning.   

Denny believed that we had to save ourselves and each other in order to change the world. He wanted to create an environment where every individual feels safe and has a place in the community, especially for campers who may not feel that they fit in at school or in social groups. A place where our collective responsibility is to affirm, prop up, and celebrate others, where each individual is valuable to our community. Once individuals feel confident, empowered, and supported, the waves of change ripple out to impact our families, friends, communities, systems and the world. 

Our campers often say that Whale Camp is the only place where they can truly be themselves. This speaks to the complexities of life outside of camp and leaves us with a sense of responsibility for the world beyond the boundaries of our campus.

This responsibility leads us to share our thoughts and actions at this critical time. In the midst of a global pandemic, nationwide and global protests are in motion because, for far too long, our society has tolerated systems that oppress others on the basis of skin colour.

The violent acts of racism that have taken place over the last few weeks and the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, are not isolated and are far from the first. Until we address and fix the laws and systems that allow violence and oppression to impede our humanity this will continue to happen. We have a lot of work to do and we need to come together like never before. When we work together, we are stronger. The path to learning, and healing, begins within ourselves and spreads to our family, friends, community, and eventually to a global scale.

We believe in a community that is inclusive of all people and that Black Lives Matter. For our campers and families learning about this topic, Black Lives Matter does not mean that other lives don’t matter. All lives are valuable and deserve equal rights and opportunity, but this has not been the case for Black communities. These community members are rising up to seek justice after being systematically oppressed for centuries; we support this effort for justice and a path to anti-racism, as is our obligation as citizens. We support the Black Lives Matter movement to prevent violence against Black people in our communities. We wish to amplify all Black voices and raise the volume of those in the scientific community - marine biologists, microbiologists, oceanographers, and ornithologists alike - in addressing the global audience. We will continue to stand against racism and injustice as an organization and are currently developing a new Statement of Inclusion and community contracts to reflect our values to all families and campers.

How can we practice “Save the Humans” right now? 
At Whale Camp, we bring learners and adventurers together from across the US, Canada, and elsewhere in the world. We celebrate what we have in common as well as what makes us different and strive to create an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for all our campers. Sometimes creating a safe space for all means having difficult conversations about racism, gender identity, homophobia, and more. These conversations are important: Every time we speak up and talk about our mistakes and our privilege instead of remaining silent and allowing those comments to be swept under the rug, we move forward as a community. It brings us closer to understanding another person’s perspective and building each other up rather than creating barriers and division between us. 

Our conversations will continue: we will be following up with further statements, action items, ways to get involved, and an exciting new series of posts to keep this conversation going.

Whale Camp is featured as 1 of 10 Summer Camps "Worth the Money" by MSN Money.com

If you've already experienced The Whale Camp program, the article is not news to you. Still it's great to be recognized and the confirmation by MSN Money that The Whale Camp is one of ten camps that are "Worth the Money" is a welcomed endorsement.

boy in Bow sprit sit Whether, for you, it's the time at sea documenting the feeding and social behaviors
of the numerous whale species or being on Machias Seal Island observing thousands of puffins and razorbills feeding their chicks, you know the value of The Whale Camp. It's in your heart and in your mind and nothing can dislodge it.

These experiences are irreplaceable. At Whale Camp, as we learn about the processes of life in the sea we help each other put our own life's path into perspective. The tides of the Bay of Fundy surge through us and empower our daily investigations, discoveries and inspirations, like nutrition for the mind, heart and soul. Of course it's "Worth the money." What is money worth if not for experiences like this?

And if you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for? Sessions are filling right now and you know you need to be there. Climb abord and register today for your one, two or three week session. Guarantee your summer experience here:

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$40,000 College Scholarships for Whale Campers

We are very pleased to announce that in recognition of the value of our marine biology camp, the College of the Atlantic (COA) is offering scholarships of $40,000 over four years to our alumni. The College of the Atlantic is a renowned Liberal Arts college located on Mount Desert Island, Maine, home to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park on the coast of the Gulf of Maine. COA is an innovative institution, whose primary focus is the relationships between humans and the environment and is part of the Eco-League of colleges.


Whale Camp's marine science programs prepare students with a solid background in marine biology and a deeper understanding of Human Ecology. The Whale Camp is a place of discovery and insight; a place where inspiration becomes aspiration. Prepare for your future now by registering  for Whale Camp today. Our online registration is open for the 2022 season.

The scholarships provide a $10,000/year award to any student who has successfully completed a Whale Camp marine science program, has been recommended by the Director of Whale Camp and is accepted by the College of the Atlantic. Student awards are renewed each year contingent upon maintenance of good academic standing.

Many Whale Camp alumni have found the College of the Atlantic a good fit because of similarities in philosophy, purpose and focus. If you are looking for a unique and innovative college experience, take a look at the programs that COA has to offer.  Don't miss out on this great opportunity for this summer and your future.  Register for the Whale Camp marine biology session of your choice today.

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