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Locals' Dolphin DayCamp

A Child rubs a dolphins' fins during Day Camp.


Course Information:

Locals' Dolphin DayCamp is a fun-filled, active five-day program that introduces children ages 8-10, who are full-time year round Florida Keys residents, to the amazing world of dolphins. 

  • Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Drop off is at 8:30 a.m, pick up is at 4:00 p.m. daily

  • Late fee of $25.00 if you are late picking up your camper (per occasion, per camper)

  • Get to know and respect each DRC dolphin as a unique individual 

  • Get up close to observe the dolphins in action 

  • Learn more about each dolphin's unique behaviors and physical characteristics

  • Hands-on activities, group discussions, games, crafts, and more

  • Additional information and required waivers and forms are provided in the Welcome Packet emailed to each parent.

We will hold a brief orientation meeting Monday morning for all parents at 8:30 a.m. Meet the staff that will be with your camper throughout the week, and receive important information on what to expect.

If you would like to come to Dolphin Research Center while your child is attending 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.


Discussion Topics and Activities Might Include:

  • Dolphin Bodies

  • How are dolphins smart? 

  • Protecting Dolphins

  • How do we take care of the dolphins?

  • Sea Lions

  • And more!


Interactive Programs with the Dolphins Include:

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

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

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



Locals' Dolphin DayCamp tuition is $200.00 for the week. 

Tuition includes: 

  • Classroom discussions and activities 

  • Live demonstrations and interactive programs with our animal family 

  • Digital photographs taken of the camper’s dolphin interactions throughout the week 

Tuition does not include: 

  • Meals or snacks

  • Transportation to and from Dolphin Research Center each day 

We recommend each camper brings a minimumof two snacks per day, in addition to their packed lunch.



Full for 2024 

Dates for the 2025 Locals' Dolphin DayCamp will be posted in November or Decemeber, and enrollment opens sometime within the Spring of 2025. Please visit this page for next year's summer camp dates, and for the announcement that enrollment has opened. See you in 2025!  



Enrollment for the 2024 Locals' Dolphin DayCamp summer season is closed! We are not taking names for the waitlist given that it is already substantial. Thank you for your enthusiasm for this summer program, and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome more of our Florida Keys campers in 2025! 


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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