Middle School

Recruitment for summer 2017 is now closed.

Program Details

Young Women in Science (YWS) is a week-long, summer day-camp designed to get young women excited about and involved in science, the ocean and conservation. A variety of hands-on field activities increase knowledge about the importance of sea otters and spark a personal connection with the natural world that will lead them to become stewards of the ocean. Girls can explore ocean habitats from kayaks and boogie boards, and through surface scuba diving.

YWS serves young women regardless of primary language or economic background. Two camps, conducted bilingually in both English and Spanish, are offered each summer.


  • Grade level: Middle school (entering grades 7 or 8)
  • Ages: 11–13
  • Attend school in Santa Cruz, San Benito or Monterey counties
  • Be available to attend five days of camp

Important dates:

  • June 26–30, 2017
  • July 10–14, 2017

How to apply:

Applications for summer 2017 are now closed. Applications for summer 2018 will be available online January 2018.

For more information about YWS, e-mail Teen Programs at teenprograms@mbayaq.org.