students on beach using seine net

Contact Marinequest

MarineQuest Office




Apply for Ocean Trek

By Phone: 910/962.3195


Program Information

Summer Confirmation Packet

What to Bring / Wear  | PDF

MarineQuest Code of Conduct | PDF

Cancellation Policy | PDF


Ocean Trek Brochure

Ocean Trek | PDF


 residential information

MarineQuest Airline Information

The MarineQuest staff is more than happy to pick-up and drop-off students at Wilmington International Airport at no cost. An airline request form is required (see above link for more details).

Residential FAQ's

• Linens are provided - DO NOT bring sheets, pillows, and blankets. 

• Laundry facilities are available at no cost - bring detergent

• No electronic equipment (other than cell phones) is allowed.

What to Bring/Wear | PDF


students pulling up a trawl net

Ocean Trek: Ages 11-14

Must have completed 5th grade and turn 11 by June 1st    

Join MarineQuest as we journey through the ocean to reveal the importance of its chemistry, geology and physics to the many biological species that inhabit our coastal waters. Ocean Trekkies will use the tools of oceanographers, meteorologists and paleontologists to analyze how the forces of nature have created the coastal habitats that we see today. Discover some of the key marine organisms living in our coastal waters and learn about the importance of sustainable fisheries from UNCW research scientists.

Field excursions include:

  • Going to the beach, marsh, fouling station, coquina outcrop, Cape Fear River, fossil quarry, and Center for Marine Science.

Highlights include:

  • Half day research cruise with trawl; comparative fish dissections; kayaking; boogie board oceanography; shallow water snorkeling; study wave dynamics and build a wave energy machine; take core samples for geologic analysis; analyze water samples; monitor and interpret weather data.

 Program Dates and Tuition

Day of Week:

Sunday / Monday - Thursday


8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. p/u
Pick up on Thursday is at 12:30 p.m.

Staff / Child Ratio:

Location: UNCW Campus - Commuter drop off at Isaac Bear parking lot
Summer 2014 Dates:


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

TBA by November 2013

Residential Tuition:

TBA by November 2013

Tuition payment plan information will be made available when registration opens.

Program Application & Registration

You must register by 5:00pm the Tuesday 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 apply for Ocean Trek, you must complete the MarineQuest Summer Program Application. See the links below to begin your application process.

2014 Application coming soon!

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 final step in the registration process.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page.
• Note that prices, content, dates, and times are subject to change without notice.
• Questions? Call 910.962.2640 or send an e-mail to
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