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Coast Trek: Ages 10-12

Must have completed 4th grade and turn 10 by June 1st

Join MarineQuest as we travel back in time to the age of giant prehistoric sharks and discover how North Carolina's coast has changed over the years. While time traveling through our coastal habitats back to the future, Trekkies will use the tools of oceanography, meteorology and paleontology to experience first-hand how hurricanes and other forces of nature have created the coastline that we see today. Discover some of the key marine organisms inhabiting our coastal waters and learn about the importance of conserving our coastline.

Field excursions include:

  • Going to the beach, marsh, fouling station, coquina outcrop, Cape Fear River, NOAA weather station, local TV station, Snow's Cut, Center for Marine Science, NC Aquarium, and Cape Fear Museum.

Highlights include:

  • Travel by boat to a barrier island; go kayaking; participate in boogie board oceanography; use shallow water snorkeling to observe coastal erosion; improve your map skills; learn how to use GPS to make a beach profile and mapping marine debris; take core samples for geologic analysis; use weather instruments; try surf fishing.

What a great time William had at camp! He was in Coast Trek and it was his first time away from home. From his excitement, I believe that he had a wonderful time. Not only that - he learned a great deal and it sparked his already great interest in marine biology/geology." -Richard H., parent

Program Dates and Tuition

Day of Week:

Sunday / Monday - Friday


8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Friday pick up/final presentation at 12:30 p.m.

Residential students must arrive on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. while commuting students join the program Monday at 8:00 a.m.

Staff / Student Ratio:

Location: UNCW Campus
Summer 2017 Dates:

June 11-16, June 18-23, June 25-30, July 9-14, July 16-21

Commuter Tuition: $400
Residential Tuition: $760
Gender: Co-ed

Program Application & Registration

You must register by 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday before your program is to begin.

Before completing your application, please review the Cancellation Policy | PDF and the expected MarineQuest Student Code of Conduct | PDF.

To complete the teacher recommendation, please have your teacher click here (link coming Fall 2016) to submit their recommendation.

Please Note: A completed application does not register you for your program. All applications will first be reviewed by the MarineQuest Staff and upon acceptance, you will receive an e-mail explaining the next step in the registration process.

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