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Frequently Asked Questions

Coast Kids Membership

Can a child of any age join?

Yes. The program targets children 3-13 years of age, but children of any age under 18 are welcome. Younger children may require the help of an adult to enjoy some of the events.

Can more than one child join under one membership?

Yes, the membership is designed for the whole family. A membership for a family with one child costs $35, each additional child costs $20.

Is there the possibility of a scholarship?

Yes, if you can't afford the membership fee, we can usually find a way to pay for a scholarship. Please contact Coast Kids Program Director at (410) 629-1538 or Verena Chase's email to discuss.

Will there be a fee for the events?

The events are free for Coast Kids members. If you would like to bring a non-member along, we charge a small fee, usually $3 to $5 per child depending on the event.

Do we need to sign up for events in advance?

Yes, sign up is required for most events, especailly for events with limited spaces, such as building bird houses. Some events will be open to all who wish to attend and don't require registration.

How long does the membership last?

One year. You can sign up at any time in a year.

Can I send a membership to a child as a gift?

Absolutely. We can include a birthday (or other) card along with the membership package, with a message of your choosing.

Is Coast Kids a fundraising program for Assateague Coastal Trust?

No. The membership fee covers only about 25% of the cost to ACT. We subsidize the program with donations and grants so that we can keep the membership fee as low as possible. If you are interested in making a donation to help us cover our costs and provide more free events for kids, your donation would be put to very good use.

Is membership limited to children in a certain geographic area?

No. Even though the geographic focus of most of the Coast Cards and events is the coastal bays of Worcester County, MD (and adjacent Wicomico County, MD, Sussex County, DE, and Accomack County, VA) the participants need not reside in this relatively small area to benefit from the program. Children from other counties and indeed other states who visit the area during weekends and summer vacations are encouraged to participate.

Nature Explorers Summer Enrichment Program

Where is the Nature Explorers summer camp being held?

Each day the Nature Explorers go to a new place in Worcester or Wicomico County. Participants will learn abut many interesting and beautiful places across Delmarva.

How long is the summer camp?

The summer camp runs for two weeks Monday through Thursday from 10am to 2:30pm. It is not an overnight camp.

What ages can participate in the summer camp?

Coast Kids welcomes boys and girls ages 5 to 10.

How much is the summer camp? Is there a possibility for a scholarship?

The summer camp costs $150 per week (Monday thru Thursday). A $10 discount will be given for eary registration and sibling. Some scholarships are available for certain members of the community. Please contact Coast Kids Program Director at (410) 629-1538 or Verena Chase's email to discuss.

School Programs

What kind of school programs do you offer?

Coast Kids offers in-school programs for grades K to 8 and a weekly Little Scientist class. Please see In-School Programs and Little Scientists Classes for more information.

What is the cost for a school program?

The service fee for in-school programs is $2.00 per student. The Little Scientist class costs $25 to $30 per session, depending on the number of classes.

Can I bring my class to Coast Kids?

Unfortunately, we don't offer field trips for classes.