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Watershed Discovery Programs

Our summer Watershed Discovery Programs offer children the opportunity to learn science through play and exploration, have up-close encounters with local wildlife, make friendships, build self-confidence, and much more.  Your enrollment also includes a free family membership to WRWA!

Need-Based Scholarships and Discounts Now Available

Scholarships are provided on a first come, first serve basis while funding is available.  To qualify, families must make 80% or less than the state median income range for your family size.  After you fill out a simple application, you will be asked to show us (we do not keep copies) a letter accepting your child into the school lunch program OR the summary page of your 2023 taxes.  We also make special exceptions.  To see the full details and income ranges, please download the scholarship application.  We are also offering discounts for families who wish to register multiple children.  Simply email Kim at with the names of your children and weeks you want to register for and she will send you a discount code to use during registration.

Note: All scholarships and discount codes must be requested beforehand and used at the time of registration.  We will not give reimbursements.

IMPORTANT: In order to have your space reserved, you must fill out the Medical Release/Pick-Up Form immediately before or after you register for a session.  Once you purchase your session, you will receive a detailed email that includes required forms, physical and immunization details, and a link to this year's program policies and procedures that you should review.  It includes pick-up/drop-off information, what to pack, dealing with emergencies, and more.  

Ages 5-6

July 1-3 (closed 7/4-7/5), July 15-19 - FULL

8:50 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join us at the Westport family beach (aka Baby Beach) for a week of waterfront exploration. Children will catch critters using hand nets, explore the beach for shells, play games, make crafts, and more.  

$185 and $220

To get on a waitlist for full sessions, please email Kim at

Coastal Explorers (Ages 7-9)

June 24-28, July 29 - August 2 - FULL, August 12-16

8:50 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Investigate wildlife living in our coastal ecosystems in this hands-on, science day program. We’ll use a seine net to catch marine life, complete scavenger hunts, hike through the dunes, play nature games on the beach and create crafts from natural objects. Each week will have a unique theme and related activities.

To get on a waitlist for full sessions, please email Kim at

River Edventurers (Ages 10-12)

July 8-12, August 5-9

8:50 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Head out on WRWA’s skiff to explore the Westport River by boat.  Learn how to take water quality measurements, observe osprey nests and enjoy our beautifully scenic river.  Participants will also learn how photography is used as a scientific tool and will practice their skills using an underwater digital camera at the water’s edge.


Watershed Explorers (Ages 13-16)

July 22-26

8:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

If your teen is an outdoor enthusiast, this program is for them! We will explore the Westport River and its watershed through upland hikes, kayaking and paddle boarding, and through the lens of digital cameras and tablets. Two days will be spent on the river with Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures and one day in WRWA's research boat.



More Summer Programs 

Visit the public program page to learn more about opportunities for children, adults, and the whole family,

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