Fisheries and Aquaculture Camp: June 18-23, 2023
Rising 9th – 12th Grade

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) and Auburn University Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures Department are offering Fish Camp—five days of intense fun and hands-on activities blended into a creative learning experience that provides the broadest possible exposure to natural resource careers with an emphasis on aquaculture, fisheries, and aquatic ecology. This camp involves a lot of field/outdoor activity and is a great opportunity to learn from Auburn's renowned fisheries, aquaculture, and aquatic ecology professionals.

The camp is open to high school students in grades 9th-12th. Students will have the opportunity to make their own lures, fish for a trophy size bass in the AU fisheries research ponds, kayak in the Coosa River, seine a fish pond, see flying carp, and much more.

Camp participants will experience campus-life while residing in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Campers will have 24/7 counselor supervision.


Campers will reside in the Hill Dormitories. They are designed in suites consisting of two double-occupancy rooms connected by a bathroom.


Meals will be provided at The Edge at Central Dining. All dietary restrictions and allergies are taken into consideration for each meal.


The School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences is housed in Swingle Hall as well as the 1,600 acre East Shell Fisheries Center. East Shell Fisheries Center includes infrastructure and natural habitats for interdisciplinary research, education and outreach.

David Cline
David Cline, ACES

David is an aquaculture specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Science. He specializes in aquaculture education, freshwater fish production, small-scale marketing and recreational and ornamental pond management. He has been actively involved in both the commercial and educational sectors of aquaculture for over 25 years and has a broad perspective of the issues and opportunities facing the aquaculture industry.

David received an A.B. from Colgate University in New York, a Master of Aquaculture and a Ph.D. from Auburn University. A large portion of David’s time is spent working with aquaculture education, training educators how to use aquaculture as a teaching platform. He serves on the National Aquaculture Extension Steering Committee and is nationally recognized for his contributions to aquaculture education and the foundation of the National Aquaculture Educators Network.

David has been a member of the World Aquaculture Society and the USAS since 1993. He currently serves as the president elect of the United States Aquaculture Society and has served as chair of the ad hoc WAS aquaculture education committee. He is very interested in using his knowledge and experience to help develop aquaculture curriculum and connect producers, researchers and the public in the development of a more aquaculture literate society.


Registration begins December 1st, 2022 at 9AM.

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Camp Fees are $890 and include the following items:
  • On campus housing
  • All meals, snacks and drinks while at camp
  • Program instruction, materials and equipment
  • Transportation to and from off-campus field-trip sites
  • Recreational activities

Cancellation Procedure:

All cancellation requests must be submitted via email. Please send your request to

Cancellation Procedure:

  1. Cancellation request received at least 4 week prior to the start date of the program: Full refund, less $50.
  2. Cancellation request received less than 4 weeks prior but at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date: Refund of 50%
  3. Cancellation request received less than 2 weeks prior to the program start date or “no show”: No refund.

Note: Refunds will be issued to the individual/organization who made the original payment.

This application has closed. Check back in early December for information about Summer 2023.

What to Bring to Camp:

Please pack lightly – but do not forget to bring bedding, a towel, and toiletries.

Campers should refrain from bringing no more than one (1) suitcase and one (1) personal sized bag to camp.

Dorm Room:
  • XL twin sheets/thick blanket or sleeping bag and pillow
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone Charger
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Bath Towel
  • Hairbrush
Clothing & Shoes:

Please note: Bring clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting extremely dirty/wet. Please also provide a large plastic trash bag for repacking purposes.

  • T-shirts: Loose fitting, tank tops must have straps three fingers wide and cover all undergarments
  • Shorts: At least 3.5” inseam
  • One (1) pair of jeans/long pants
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Tennis Shoes: We walk up to 6 miles daily!
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Swimsuit: For girls, a modest one piece swimsuit. For boys, no speedos or jammers.
  • Flip-flops or Water Shoes: For the pool
  • Sweatshirt or Jacket
  • Dress up Outfit: Dressy casual (modest) outfit (e.g.: modest sundress, polo & khakis, pants & blouse)
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho
  • Laundry Bag
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach Towel: For the pool
  • Bug spray/Sunscreen
  • $50 key/meal card deposit: Make check payable to Auburn University
  • Fishing Pole and Tackle Box
  • Spending Money

Last Updated: March 29, 2023