Gulf Island Journey

Gulf Island Journey campers in salt marsh

  • For rising 7th-9th graders
  • 2024 Dates: June 2-7 (FULL), June 16-21 (FULL), or July 7-12 (FULL)
  • Program Cost: $650

Wait List Link

Camp registrations are processed in the order in which they are received.

Sample Schedule

This week-long residential camp is geared toward rising 7th through 9th graders. Campers will have fun exploring areas of Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay, Mississippi Sound, and the northern Gulf of Mexico learning about the animals, habitats, and issues confronting the Alabama coast and the world’s oceans. With the guidance of our experienced marine science educators, the campers will learn about our oceans through a variety of hands-on and in-the-field activities. Explore Mobile Bay aboard the R/V Alabama Discovery, seine for fish, dissect a shark, see plankton up close, visit Sand Island, and enjoy the island’s famous snow cones! Campers return year after year for this unique experience.

Program Cost: The cost of this program is $650 and includes tuition, room, meals, and lab fees.

The $50 registration fee is part of the program cost and is non-refundable.

The next payment of $100 is due when the camp release forms are returned. A balance of $500 is due at check-in.

The second tuition payment of $100 may be returned if notice of withdrawal is communicated to the DHP Registrar (in writing) at least seven days prior to the first day of camp.

Application Deadline: Space is lmited. Please complete the online registration form (link above) with a $50 non-refundable registration fee to hold your camper’s space in this program. All checks should be made payable to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

Student handbooks will be e-mailed to parents after May 1, 2024. ALL forms located in the student handbook (5 total) should be mailed in with your initial $100 tuition payment by the date indicated in the handbook email.

If mailing application materials, please mail to:

Gulf Island Journey
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
101 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528


Fax to: (251)861-7421

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab reserves the right to cancel the program in the event enrollment is inadequate. Noncompliance with the rules of the program results in expulsion and forfeiture of the program cost.