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.

2021 Update

ECO Camp will not take place this year but will return in the summer of 2022.


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

Hours — Residential

Ages — Rising 8th and 9th graders

Location — Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington and
                   UD's Lewes campus

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

Hours — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily

Ages — Rising 8th and 9th graders

Location — UD's Newark Campus

Hours — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily


Following state and university guidance, ECO Camp has been canceled for 2021 but will return in 2022. Please check back next year. For more information, please contact Dr. Dana Veron at or 1-302-831-4842.