OPAK Summer 2018 Science Day Workshops

OPAK's summer programs are designed to get kids (ages 7-13) engaged with marine science through art and advocacy workshops; two mediums that are often forgotten. Most of our summer programs include field trips, all include an art project, science experiments and a lesson on advocacy. This summer we are offering both single and multi-day programs thus, prices and locations of pickup and drop off vary by individual programs (most will be in the Chatham Area). Some trips are open to families!

Programs are listed below in chronological order. Don't forget to check out our great packages at the bottom! 


Feeling Shell-fish (No Longer Available)

Every seashell has a story! Ever wonder what used to live in those beautiful shells you find on the beach or on your plate? In this workshop, participants will discover what stories a shell can tell. Shellfish are a crucial part of Cape Cod’s marine ecosystems. Join us on a mission to learn how to nurture these fascinating animals. This trip includes a visit to and a tour of the Chatham Shellfish Company!

Date:  Wed. July 25th  Price:  $42.00   Time:  9:00-1:00pm 

Location:  Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance (Chatham)


Marsh Critters: OPEN TO FAMILIES!

Some are creepy, some are crawly, some are just plain cool! From prehistoric horseshoe crabs to slimy eels, get up close with science experiments and activities that involve the ecology of local marshes on Cape Cod. Marshes provide a nursery for many marine creatures and are in need of protection. Participants will create their own action plan to protect the amazing critters of the marsh they visit! This summer we will be visiting the Monomoy National Refuge and meeting with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife scientist!  

Date:  Thurs. July 26th  Price:  $20.00  Time:  2:00-6:30pm (to have beach access at Low Tide)

Drop Off/Pick Up Location:  Chatham Community Center 


Jr. Ocean Detectives (Sold Out)

Each drop of ocean water can tell us a lot!  Join us for an afternoon discovering the microscopic world of plankton through a marine scavenger hunt. Each student will conduct numerous ocean chemistry experiments and have an opportunity to use microscopes, catch their own plankton and even record their data in an international database (all out in the field!). In addition, we will spend time building our own plankton to help us learn the anatomy of these fascinating creatures. The day will conclude with a pledge to protect the whole marine food web. Will be leaving out of Chatham, MA. 

Date:  Wed. August 1st  Price:  $52.00  Time:  9:00-2:30pm

Drop Off/Pick Up Location:  Chatham Community Center


A Seal's Life  

Seals are much more than Shark Food. This workshop will uncover the mystery behind our furry friends. Learn how to distinguish pinnipeds from each other while investigating their molting patterns, habitat, diet and population size all through a series of interactive games and activities. The day will include a boat trip to a seal haul out on Pleasant Bay with a local seal scientist so that students can seals up close. To wrap things up we will get a lesson on landscape art and how to use it to promote ocean advocacy. 

Date:  Thurs. Aug 2nd  Price:  $58.00  Time:  11:00-4:30pm

Location:  Pleasant Bay Community Boating


A Whale of a Time:  THREE DAYS OF WHALES!

Music is everywhere. Even in the sea! This interactive 3 day workshop explores the connection between music and nature both on land and in the sea. Students will participate in a scientific study of whales, their diets, and how they communicate! We will even get out on the ocean for a real whale watch field trip! After becoming whale experts, using inspiration from musicians of the past and present, students will create a music project of their very own! Classes will be held at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center and upon registration you will also need to fill out CMMC's registration forms on their website. There are limited spots available for participating in JUST the whale watch at a reduced price (WHICH IS OPEN TO FAMILIES!). See below for more information! 

Dates:  Wed. August 8th-Friday. August 10th   Price:  $142.00 

Time:  Day 1&3:  1:00-4:00pm  Day 2 (whale watch):  9:00-5:00pm

Location:  Chatham Marconi Maritime Center


Just Whale Watch: OPEN TO FAMILIES! 

Join us for a sail with the Dolphin Fleet out of Provincetown, MA to Stellwagen Bank to visit the whales that feed there! This truly is an experience not to miss. We are providing transportation from Chatham (via the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center) so that you do not have to worry about traffic, parking or waiting in line to buy tickets! This trip is a great opportunity for the whole family to get out on the water for an afternoon and see some of the world's largest animals up close! 

Date: Thurs. August 9th  Price:  $65.00  Time:  9:00-5:00pm

Pickup and Drop Off:  Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

Planet Ocean 101:  TWO DAYS IN A STUDIO! 

Join the cast and crew of Planet Ocean 101 at the Cape Cod Community Media Center! In this two day workshop, participants will participate in ocean science activities and film their very own show! Get involved in informing the Cape Cod community about the biggest challenges our oceans face today. Registrants also need to fill out the Media Center's registration form here:  Download Here and Return to Jeffrey Morgan (OPAK)

Date:  Wed. August 15th-Thurs. August 16th  Price:  $105.00  Time:  9:00-1:00pm

Location:  Cape Cod Community Media Center (Dennis)


Summer 2018 Packages!

Marine Megafauna Workshop:  $176 (12% OFF original price)

Includes A Seal's Life and A Whale of a Time!

Locals Discount:  5% off any single day program

Applies to ALL students from Pleasant Bay Watershed (Chatham, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans); excludes Marine Megafauna Workshop. Email jmorgan@opakedu.org for the discount code!