Camp Gray
Newport, OR

With only a short walk from cabin to beach, a week at The Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray is your chance to get your hands dirty while tidepooling, hike through old growth forests, canoe the tranquil waters of Yaquina Bay, and more. 


A few of our camps for Grades 2–12

  • Seashore Explorers 
    Grades 2–3
    Sea lions, tiger sharks, and berries, oh my!  Tickle a sea anemone, hold a whale vertebra, hike sandy trails, make dune plant art, and explore the natural world at Camp Gray. 
  • Yaquina Quest 
    Grades 4–5
    Go on an epic quest on the Oregon Coast! Work together to find clues and solve riddles, find your way with a compass, paddle a creek in a raft you built, build a fire, and more.  
  • Pacific Coast Scientists 
    Grades 4–5
    Dive into coastal science and come face-to-face with some unique creatures. Dissect a squid, imitate an orca, and sketch native plants.  
  • Expedition Oregon
    Grades 6–8
    Go all-in on 10 days of surfing, camping, paddling, and hiking on the Oregon Coast.
  • Coastal Ramblers
    Grades 6–8 
    Get up close with tide pool creatures and head out onto the water on a Sea Life cruise, plus take day trips around Newport to estuaries, sandy beaches, and rocky tide pools to seek out the gems of coastal plants and animals.
  • OMSI Surfing Adventures 
    Grades 9–12
    Catch a wave and some incredible views while learning to surf along the Oregon Coast. 

A Day in the Life

Our camp chefs prepare good food that keep you fueled for adventure day-in and day-out. Breakfast and dinner are eaten buffet style inside of Meyer Hall, with each camper choosing where they want to  sit.  The exception is lunch, where campers eat a bag lunch that they packed earlier that morning, while they are out adventuring during the day. Meals are made from scratch and Camp Gray is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions

  1. Learn
    No matter what camp you're taking, every action-packed adventure is better with brain power. We take a traditional summer camp approach and turn it on its head by weaving in themes of adventure, science, exploration, and community into daily life. We believe that every child deserves the chance to be outdoors and learn new things in a safe and inclusive community. Our experiential, concept-based style of teaching is effective, nurturing, inspiring, and memorable.   
  3. Play
    While at Camp Gray, campers have many opportunities to meet new friends, explore new areas, and go on many adventures! Campfires, s'mores, all-camp games, and the coveted "Clean Bunk Award" are all part of the summer camp experience at Camp Gray. 
  5. Sleep
  6. Cabin life is essential to any memorable camp experience! Campers stay in cabins that are divided into separate bunk rooms; all connected to the bathroom, that have individual toilet and shower stalls, via a covered porch.  The bunk rooms sleep 5-7 campers and have 1-2 counselors in them as well. Each cabin has comfortable mattresses and provides a home away from home for all of the campers to sleep, rest, and make new friends.

Coastal Discovery Center Camp Gray in Newport, Oregon

Wondering what adventures await at camp? Here's your sneak peek.


Join us for all-in adventure!

Where friendships are forged and memories are made. 

Registration opens January 15, 2020

Site Information Packet

Our Camp Staff

At OMSI summer camp, you’re learning from the best. Our camp staff has decades of experience, a passion for all-areas of science and the outdoors, wilderness and survival certifications (and they’re fun, too!)


Nestled between the expansive dunes of South Beach and Yaquina Bay, The Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray offers unparalleled access to the unique ecosystems and wildlife of Oregon's coast.

At-a-Glance Schedule

So much to see and do, all summer long! With the help of this at-a-glance schedule, you won’t miss your chance to find your adventure friends. 

Outdoor School

During the fall and spring, The Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray is the coastal home to OMSI's outdoor education programs and Outdoor School. Students gain hands on outdoor experience while making new friends, creating new memories and exploring Oregon’s diverse ecosystems.