Camp Gray
Newport, Oregon

2022 Summer Camp Update: 

OMSI has successfully run day camps throughout the pandemic, and we will continue to apply this knowledge and expertise in summer 2022. Camps will be available in small stable groups and offer subjects like dinosaur hunting, astronomy, animation, science of soccer and more.

We are keeping the needs of our community top of mind and are closely monitoring how state guidelines will impact your students’ summer camp plans. 

Register Now!

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.

Drop off and pick up your overnight campers at OMSI’s Water Ave site in Portland.

A Few of Our Camps for Grades 2–12:

 

  • 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.
  • Design Naturalists
    Grades 6–8
    Let your creativity run wild! Be inspired by the sky, the surf and the weather-hardy plants, as you take on art and design projects during your fun-filled adventure at the coast.
  • Salt, Sand and Sea Foam
    Grades 6–8
    Take a surfing lesson, paddle a canoe, camp on sandy dunes, learn about local wildlife, create art projects, and hike rocky cliffs.

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!)

Location

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.

A Day in the Life

Eat
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.   
  2.  
  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. 
  4.  
  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.

Join us for all-in adventure. Where friendships are forged and memories are made!

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.

Learn More