Summer Camp Guide: Sleep-Away Camp for Animal Enthusiasts

Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute

Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada (610) 399-1463;

If your child is fixated on ocean life, immerse  him or her in marine biology at Whale Camp, located in the Bay of Fundy (between Maine and Nova Scotia), one of the world’s richest and most diverse marine biology ecosystems. The camp, which has been voted one of 10 “Summer Camps Worth the Money” by MSN Money, offers the unique chance to closely observe and study whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and puffins in their own natural habitat. Campers gather data about whales from a 65-foot sailboat, sea kayak amid dolphins and seals, gain hands-on experience using onboard marine biology equipment, and investigate marine life in tidal pools and bogs. Bird-lovers will also be happy here: Campers travel to the highly restricted Machias Seal Island to glimpse rare puffins, razorbills, and murres as part of each week’s marine science experience.

Ages: 10 to 18 Dates: One-, two-, and three-week sessions, June 21 to Aug 22 Fees: One week, $1,395; two weeks, $2,790; three weeks, $4,185-$4,695 Transportation: Yes, from Bangor, Maine, to Grand Manan Island Drive time from White Plains: 6 hours, 20 minutes to Bangor, Maine—ferry from there