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Ojas showing Ciona to campers Willow and Sophie.

Marine Microbes & I

Exploring the role of microbiome on marine and gut health.

July 20, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

Science Mentor Mike and campers Arianna, Jocelyn, and Jenna examine the anatomy of a Redfish.

One Fish, Two Fish, Tampa Bay Redfish!

The goal of the lab is pretty straight forward: To learn about fish and why they are important.

July 20, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

Science Mentor Becky and Peer Counselor Shiyenne assisting campers Sarah, Amiya, and Ari with creating their surplus models in Excel.

O-fish-ally Out of Fish? Marine Protection and Fisheries Lab

Campers got to learn the importance of protecting marine life and tried their hand at being fisheries managers in the Marine Protection and Fisheries Modeling lab.

July 20, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

Row of Saildrones at Saildrone Headquarters.

Campers use Saildrone to explore the mysteries of the Southern Ocean!

As a key contributor to heat and carbon transport around our globe, the Southern Ocean plays a large role in regulating Earth’s global climate.

July 20, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

OCG campers and peer counselors all together after the Clam Bayou Coastal Cleanup.

Coastal Cleanup

It is a tradition that OCG campers take an afternoon to go around the Clam Bayou property and pick up any trash they find.

July 19, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

Campers Sarah, Hailey, Sarah, and Johnna bury science mentor Tiff using the pit they dug to observe beach sediment stratigraphy.

Island Time

OCG campers got their daily dose of Vitamin Sea on their field trip to Caladesi Island!

July 15, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

SOS boat smiles on the way to victory.

Whatever floats your boat!

During the “Boat Float” lab, campers learned about density and displacement with the goal of using only cardboard and clear tape to make a boat that can hold two campers for as long as possible.

July 14, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

OCG campers have a few minutes on Fort De Soto beach to snap some quick pics before the afternoon storm rolled in.

Fort De Soto: A Tale of Two Sites

OCG campers learned about the dominant vegetation, the nutrients in the water, and the fish that live at Fort De Soto.

July 12, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

On August 3, 2019, an unmanned Saildrone 1020 completed a 13,670-mile journey around Antarctica in search of carbon dioxide. It was world’s first autonomous circumnavigation of Antarctica. Learn more about Saildrone 1020's journey at (Saildrone Inc./With permission.)

New robots see it all: ocean whirlpools, carbon gas absorption, icebergs, and more

USF researchers are using autonomous vehicles to study how the ocean is responding to climate change. In 2020 they landed a $1.1 million NSF proposal -- the first time NSF is leveraging ocean drones instead of ships.

July 12, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

Campers Jocelyn, Alana, and Lauren help fill in their group’s mermazing creation.

OCG Shellebration!

Campers had a blast during the “Shell Key” field trip this year.

July 12, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

Teresa Greely orients the campers to where the day’s activities will take place in Tampa Bay as the R/V Angari gets underway.

Research Cruise

Despite the unpleasant and very noticeable effects of the red tide on today’s cruise, everyone still managed to have a really fun time.

July 9, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

A group of campers at the beach station working together to label the parts of their model of a natural beach. They are labeling the Primary and Secondary dunes which are held together by plants and separate the beach from the mainland.

Today During Camp: Ocean Zones and a… Singing Battle?

While learning about our beaches and the different ways that human interaction affects them, campers got their hands dirty creating model beaches, first in their image of what a beach looks like and then making a natural beach, which is a beach that has not had sand added to it or moved by humans.

July 8, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

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