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Dolphin DayCamp

A Child rubs a dolphins' fins during Day Camp.


Interested in Dolphin DayCamp for this summer? Please refer to the Schedule and Enrollment sections below for the latest information on enrollment.


Course Information

Dolphin DayCamp is a fun-filled, active five-day program that introduces children ages 7-10 to the amazing world of dolphins. Campers meet DRC's resident dolphin family, getting to know and respect each dolphin as an individual. DRC puts them up close to observe the dolphins in action so they can learn more about each dolphin's unique behaviors and physical characteristics.

With hands-on activities, group discussions, games, crafts and more, their days will prove that learning is fun!

Dolphin DayCamp runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily Monday - Friday. Camper drop off is at 8:30 a.m. each morning, and pick up is at 4:00 p.m. each afternoon. Please note that we will not have staff available for drop off prior to 8:30 a.m., and a photo ID is required at pick up in order for us to sign out your camper. Additionally, campers picked up 30 minutes or later than the designated time will be charged an additional $25 (per occasion). The camper should be dropped off at Dolphin Research Center, and the parent is required to remain with their camper until a member of the Education team signs in the camper each morning. Additional information and required waivers and forms are provided in the Welcome Packet emailed to each parent once the camper is enrolled in Dolphin DayCamp.

We will hold a brief orientation meeting Monday morning for all parents at 8:30 a.m. This will allow you to meet the staff that will be with your camper throughout the week, and for our staff to share important information with you, including where sign-out will take place each afternoon.

If you would like to come to Dolphin Research Center while your child is attending the camp, you must pay daily general admission or purchase a DRC membership. We respectfully request that you do not interfere with the programs in which the campers participate. Sometimes just seeing a parent can disrupt the momentum of an activity.

Dolphin DayCamp (ages 7-10)

Discussions and Activities Include:

  • Dolphin Biology

  • Research

  • Conservation

  • Husbandry

  • Coral Reefs

  • Sea Lions

  • Baleen Whales

  • Manatees, and more!

 Interactive Programs with the Dolphins Include:

  • One Dolphin Splash session, going into waist deep water to play with the dolphins.

  • One Meet a Dolphin session, for a personal introduction to a dolphin with a "flippershake" and backrubs.

  • Try being a trainer, learning to "talk" to the dolphins using hand signals to ask for behaviors in signal session from the dock.


Tuition of Dolphin DayCamp is $200.00** (US) for Florida Keys residents, or $300.00**(US) for non-residents. Tuition includes all classroom discussions, activities, live demonstrations with the marine mammal family, interactive programs, and digital photographs taken of the camper’s dolphin interactions throughout the week. Tuition does not include meals or snacks, or transportation to and from Dolphin Research Center each day. We recommend that each camper bring at least two snacks per day, in addition to their packed lunch.

**Price subject to change.


Although there are no prerequisites for attending Dolphin DayCamp, applicants should have a strong desire to experience and learn about dolphins and the marine world.


June 13 - 17, 2022  

July 4 - 8, 2022  

August 1 - 5, 2022 


Enrollment for the 2022 Dolphin DayCamp season is open for the week of July 4 - 8, 2022! The weeks of June 13 - 17 and August 1 - 5, 2022 are filled and enrollment is closed.

Enrollment is open to full-time Monroe County children only at this time.  Please email to request the online application. The following information must be provided in the email:

1. Name of the program- Dolphin DayCamp

2. Week of interest

3. Location of your home in the Florida Keys

We appreciate your patience and a member of our team will respond to your email or application within 3-5 days. 

We require a minimum of ten (10) campers enroll before we officially confirm a camp will run. 

Enrollment opens to full-time Monroe County children first. Non-residents are invited to enroll if spaces are available.

PLEASE NOTE: If your child has already attended Dolphin DayCamp twice, (s)he will be placed on the standby list in order to give new campers the opportunity to participate. If spaces remain and your child is next in line, the Education department will contact you. We will refund any payments made should the week for which your child applied fill. Thank you for your understanding.   


*Cancellation Policy- Cancellations must be made in writing. Participant substitutions are welcomed. The following refund terms shall apply:

  • Cancellation more than 14 days from the start of the program- Refund of program cost minus $35 processing fee.

  • Cancellation less than 14 days from program start date - No refund

Questions? Please email so the Education team can help!

A group of kids playing with an inflatable dolphin  

Our Mission - Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment we share with the well being of DRC's animals taking precedence.
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