We are more than a marine science program- we are a movement! Our mission is to provide a platform that enables youths to gain both an appreciation for and understanding of their local marine environments. Our hands-on feet-wet methodology introduces our attendees to real-life scientific experiments, methods and practices. We promote the concepts of and living sustainably and preserving various marine ecosystems.
We provide attendees with a mixture of dynamic hands-on activities that may include but not be limited to: hands on field sampling, interactive games, scientific demonstrations and experiments, dissections, and special guest presentations. A large component of our program is the scientific field sampling and water quality testing. These activities enable attendees to obtain daily hands-on experience with marine life and observe variances in our natural world.
Our general core curriculum includes: Sharks, Whales, Oceans of the World, Plate Tectonics and Continental Drift, Pelagic Fish, Dolphin Echolocation and more! Examples of interactive games include our Mock Marine Mammal Rescue Drills, Sea Turtle Nesting, and Microplastics Lab. An introduction to Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and our Crab and Critter Cams allow attendees to observe what is happening in our traps underneath the water. Our various dissections also allow attendees to learn fun, interesting facts about our local marine life’s anatomy.
We strive to be an engaging and inspiring science program. All of our Lead Scientists are degreed scientists who are CPR and First Aid certified. Many of our support staff are also degreed or are currently working towards a degree in the marine sciences and/or a closely related field. For additional information, or to join our team, please check out our Employment Page here.
The small scale of our outdoor programs allows us to maintain an engaging hands-on experience. Our attendee to staff ratio combined with our smaller program size allows us to create a safe atmosphere where all are encouraged to enjoy our dynamic activities. This open-classroom setting allows attendees to learn and experience the marine world free from the constraints that a typical classroom may present.
Full Day: Available 9:00am-2:00pm at most full-day locations. Attendees must be prepared with their own lunch, snacks, and additional materials (see below).
Half Day: Available 9:00 am- 12:00pm at most half-day locations. Attendees must be prepared with their own snacks and additional materials (see below).
This program is designed for attendees who are truly interested in delving more deeply into the world of marine science. Attendees are exposed to more hands-on activities and demonstrations that demand a higher level of critical thinking and problem solving. In addition to potential activities previously listed above, current events and cutting-edge research in the marine science field are also examined in this program.
We do offer day trips and field trips for local schools and organizations. Please inquire within for additional information and to negotiate pricing.
After School Programs
We do run several after school fall and winter enrichment programs. Our hands-on presentations occur once a week for approximately one hour. Please inquire within for additional information and to negotiate pricing.
Age and Development Requirements
Attendees at our K-8th programs must be a minimum age of five years old at the start of program in order to attend. Attendees at our Teen Program programs must be a minimum of thirteen years old at the start of program in order to be eligible for enrollment. Additional terms and conditions apply.
What to Bring
Your attendee will need to come prepared with:
- Water: At least two adult reusable bottles are recommended.
- Sunscreen: Attendees should arrive with applied sunscreen and have an extra bottle packed for re-applying.
- Swimsuit: Attendees will get wet during several activities such as field sampling.
- Water shoes: Any shoe with a closed back for water-based activities (old sneakers are a great option).
- Walking shoes: A pair of flip-flops, sandals, sneakers etc. for attendees to change into for non-aquatic activities.
- Food: As we are an active outdoor program snacks are recommended for all sessions. Attendees in our full day programs must also be prepared with their own packed lunch. Peanut and tree-nut free food items are preferred.
Please note that your Lead Scientist(s) will be sending their introductory emails approximately one week prior to the start of our program. All are encouraged to inquire within or communicate with Leads for additional information.