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OCG girls got up-close and personal with sediments.

In the field: Field Trip to Fort De Soto

During our field trip to Fort De Soto, the OCG girls got up-close and personal with sediments answering these sorts of mysteries.

June 16, 2018Girls Camp

Campers and staff participated in what we call

The importance of OCG to my professional development

Today the campers and staff participated in what we call “Concept Rotations” where groups of 4-5 moved between six stations every 40 minutes.

June 13, 2018Girls Camp

2017 OCG Leadership

OCG Food for Thought: Fish Banks

Campers participated in an interactive simulation in which the girls played the roles of fisherwomen in a commercial fishing fleet.

July 7, 2017Girls Camp

Behind the scenes tour of the SeaWorld rescue operations.

OCG Wrapping Up: SeaWorld Trip

SeaWorld was a wonderful finale to the Oceanography Camp

July 7, 2017Girls Camp

Preparing the samples for use in the TEM and SEM.

OCG in the Lab: Electron Microscopy

With the TEM, the girls were able to look into the middle of cells, and see all the organelles, including the mitrochondria, the “powerhouse” of a cell. They were also able to see bacteria, and even individual viruses.

July 3, 2017Girls Camp

The rainbow “filter” for the photo was made using the eye piece of the spectroscope the girls made during the lab.

OCG in the Lab: Remote Sensing & Satellite Imagery

This lab helps the campers understand how satellite data can be used to research the ocean.

July 3, 2017Girls Camp

Throughout the lab, the campers had to stop and make hypotheses about the results of the different experiments.

OCG in the Lab: Marine Microbiology

The marine microbiology lab had four main activities for the campers to do.

June 30, 2017Girls Camp

Growing bacteria in petri dishes can make interesting patterns.

OCG in the Lab: Ocean Medical Research

The Ocean Medical Research lab at OCG focused on teaching the campers the way scientists can use ocean research for applications in human health.

June 30, 2017Girls Camp

Looking at the grain sizes within a core.

OCG in the Lab: Seafloor Geology

The lab started with a crash course in geologic history, where the girls learned about significant geological events from the formation of the Earth, to the Age of the Dinosaurs, to the beginning of human history, to now.

June 30, 2017Girls Camp

The OCG girls constructed a dirt cake.

OCG in the Lab: Beaches Rock!

The Beaches Rock! lab explored aspects of coastal and geological oceanography.

June 28, 2017Girls Camp

A fresh fish found inside another fish’s stomach!

OCG in the Lab: Fish Ecology

On Day One they examined several fish species local to Tampa Bay including Silver Trout, Guitarfish, Little Tunny, and much more!

June 27, 2017Girls Camp

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

OCG in the Field: Caladesi Island

The trip to Caladesi Island is the final field trip of OCG, and focuses on physical coastal processes and beach ecology, especially the beach sand dunes.

June 26, 2017Girls Camp

Mission Statement

Our blue planet faces a suite of challenges and opportunities for understanding and innovation. Our mission is to advance understanding of the interconnectivity of ocean systems and human-ocean interactions using a cross-disciplinary approach, to empower the next workforce of the blue economy with a world-class education experience, and to share our passion for a healthy environment and science-informed decision-making with community audiences near and far.