Environment, Climate and Ocean (ECO) Camp is an instructional camp for students entering grades 8 through 12, focusing on the atmospheric, oceanic, and biogeochemical processes at work in the Delaware Bay.

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Camp academic activities include classroom instruction, discussions, lectures and visits to modern oceanographic/atmospheric laboratories, as well as field excursions for sampling and exploration.


Students will gain an understanding of sea breeze, tides, habitat loss, species adaptation, saltwater marsh filtration,  sediment transport, beach erosion due to storm activity and the use of robotics in a marine environment. The camp will also address regional/local climate change, mitigation/adaptation opportunities, local impacts and strategies, and alternative energy. Information about UD program offerings will also be included.


ECO Camp is run jointly by the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment and SMArtSummer, a program of Cab Calloway School of the Arts and The Charter School of Wilmington.

2020 Dates

Lewes ECO Camp — June 29-July 3

Newark ECO Camp — July 6-10


There are senior (rising 10th-12th graders) and junior (rising 8th and 9th) cohorts in each camp. ECO Camp does not accept recent high school graduates.

ECO Camp: Marine Science

This one-week camp explores the coastal marine environment. Observe the coastal waterways by kayak. Catch croakers and pipefish with a seine net. Get muddy with the crabs in the Great Salt Marsh north of Lewes. If you're lucky, you may even catch a dogfish in a trawl net!

This camp gets you outside, experiencing Delaware’s marine environment like a scientist.

Ages — Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders

Location — UD's Lewes Campus

Dates — June 29-July 3

Hours — Residential

Ages — Rising 8th and 9th graders

Location — Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington on June 29 & 30
                   UD's Lewes campus July 1-3

Dates — June 29-July 3

Hours — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in Wilmington, residential in Lewes

ECO Camp: Technology in the Environment

This one-week camp focuses on the technology used to study and protect our environment. Build your own underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) then test it in a team competition that simulates saving sea turtles in an oil spill. Learn about beach erosion during storms through the use of digital photography taken by drones. Build a LEGO quadcopter and test your piloting skills.

Ages — Rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders

Location — UD's Newark Campus

Dates — July 6-10

Hours — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily

Ages — Rising 8th and 9th graders

Location — UD's Newark Campus

Dates — July 6-10

Hours — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily


The application period for ECO Camp 2020 is not yet open. For more information, please contact Dr. Dana Veron at or 1-302-831-4842.