Middle School

Recruitment for summer 2020 is now open.

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
  • Reside and 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:

  • June 22–26, 2020
  • July 13-17, 2020

How to Apply:

Applications for summer 2020 are due March 1. With the approval of a parent or guardian, submit an application.

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