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Sea Mates: Ages 9-10

Must have completed 3rd grade and turn 9 by June 1st

Hey, Sea Mates - get ready to journey through time and space as we analyze how the forces of nature have created the coastal habitats we see today. You and your mates will use the tools of meteorologists, oceanographers and paleontologists to explore our coastline and document how it has changed over time. Investigate the effects of the Sun and Moon on ocean water movement and weather. Discover how water, wind and waves change our landscape. Examine fossils and cores to find out what they can tell us about past environmental conditions. Identify adaptations that helped some of our key species survive coastal changes and learn how climate change is challenging their future. Along the way, you will solve some history mysteries like, "How did the seashell get inside a mountain?" and "Where did the barrier island go?"

Field excursions include:

  • Going to the beach, marsh, coquina outcrop, Sea Turtle Hospital, and Center for Marine Science.

Highlights include:

  • Travel by boat to a barrier island and kayak to a fossil hot spot; participate in boogie board oceanography; take core samples for geologic analysis; analyze water samples; monitor and interpret weather data.

Program Dates and Tuition

Day of Week:

Monday - Friday


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

Friday pick-up/final presentation at 12:00 p.m.

Staff / Student Ratio:

Location: UNCW Campus - drop off at Isaac Bear Early College
Summer 2018 Dates: TBD



Gender: Co-ed

Program Registration

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

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