SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — After a year-long pause caused by the pandemic, children will be able to gain in-person knowledge again about sea turtles and the environment during this interactive event.

Sea Turtle, Inc. opened registration this week for its 2021 summer camp sessions that will be held in June through early August.

“We’re excited to get kids back in our facility learning about sea turtles, the ocean and things that they can do to help protect our planet,” education director Khrystyne Jamerson said.

Camp sessions will be offered for children ages seven through nine on June 14 and 28 and July 12 and 26.

For children ages 10 through 13, camp sessions will be offered on June 21, July 5 and 19 and Aug. 2.

Campers will learn about threats sea turtles face in the ocean, what they can do to make a positive impact on the environment and what it takes to work in a sea turtle hospital.

Jamerson said for some children it’s their first time seeing a turtle up close or even visiting the facility so she really enjoys seeing kids’ faces light up when they learn something new and talk about it.

“Whenever the parents come at the end of the day to pick their kids up from camp, they’re always telling them stories about the fun activities that we did so we’re excited to be able to offer this opportunity to them now that things are starting to return to normal,” Jamerson added.

To register for a camp session, visit www.seaturtleinc.org.

Prices are $125 per camper and include — a camp T-shirt, water bottle and backpack.

According to personnel, the summer camp schedule will offer a COVID-conscious experience with social distancing, face coverings and more time spent outdoors.

All camps cover the same topics and will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A parent packet will be emailed once registration is complete.

A cancellation notice must be received in writing at least 30 days prior to the camp start date for a 50 percent refund. A $10 rescheduling fee will be assessed for those who want to reschedule.

Jamerson said space is limited so parents who are interested in having their children attend the camp are advised to get registered early to secure their desired date because spaces are filling quickly.

“There’s going to be lots of fun activities the kids will be doing to learn all about sea turtles and ways that they can help our planet,” Jamerson said. “Our goals for the camp are for the campers to leave and emerge as stewards for our environment.”

For questions regarding the camp, contact Jamerson at khrystyne.jamerson@seaturtleinc.org