Something Fishy is a free summer camp program now in its 10th year. The camp is produced by New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center in collaboration with New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Whaling History Alliance.
Campers try their hand at fish tagging during a workshop led by fisheries scientists from the UMASS Dartmouth School of Marine Science and Technology
Visiting ranger Marieke Slovin engages campers in a songwriting workshop.
The camp curriculum is designed to provide New Bedford children with an introduction to the history and culture of the working port from whaling days to the present. Camp activities are largely project-based and include hands-on marine science, arts and crafts, games, chantey singing, daily field trips to local maritime sites (Whaling Museum, Seamen’s Bethel, Buzzards Bay Coalition, Eastern Fisheries, Fisherman’s Wharf, etc.), and guest presenters (fishermen, marine scientists, maritime artists and musicians, etc.). The National Park’s Corson Maritime Learning Center at 33 William Street serves as home base. This location offers easy walking access to most of the field trips.
Campers take a guided tour of New Bedford Harbor with Whaling City Expeditions
Ron Enoksen, Vice President of Eastern Fisheries talks with campers ahead of their dockside tour of a working scallop vessel