Middle School

Applications for summer 2019 are now open through March 1.

Program Details

Young Women in Science (YWS) Otter Mystery Camp is a week-long day camp that gets local young women excited about and involved in science, the ocean and conservation. Students will learn about the importance of sea otters, connect with nature through hands-on learning experiences, and build confidence in their ability to be stewards of the ocean. By engaging in activities such as kayaking, boogie boarding and surface scuba diving, students will learn more about sea otter habitats.

Camps are conducted bilingually in both English and Spanish. YWS serves young women regardless of primary language or economic background.


  • Grade level: Middle school (entering grades 7 or 8 next school year)
  • Ages: 11–13
  • Attend school in Santa Cruz, San Benito or Monterey counties
  • Be available to attend five days of camp
  • Have not previously participated in Otter Mystery Camp

Important Dates:

  • July 22–26, 2019
  • July 29–August 2, 2019

How to Apply:

With the approval of a parent or guardian, submit an application online. Applications for summer 2019 are available through March 1.

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For more information about YWS, email Teen Programs at teenprograms@mbayaq.org.