Sea Jewels: Ages 12-14

Must have completed 6th grade and turn 12 by June 1st

Spend a week in a beachcomber’s paradise searching for jewels of the sea and creating masterpieces with MarineQuest.  Comb the wrack line in search of natural debris that Mother Nature shares.  Scan the sands for shark teeth and learn all about the biology of what you’ve found.  Learn how oysters make pearls and discover which types of corals jewelers use. Sweep the beach looking for sea glass and other not-so-natural debris.  Create an environmental statement piece with your finds.  Design marine inspired jewelry in the studio incorporating your beach treasures. Take a piece of the sea home with you!  

Field excursions include:

  • Going to the beach, marsh, Center for Marine Science, fouling dock, undeveloped barrier island, kayak excursion, shellfish hatchery, and NC Aquarium 

Highlights include:

  • Meet local artists; explore coastal habitats; create environmentally inspired art, jewelry and more

 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:

July 16-21 *Filling Fast

Commuter Tuition:


*Tuition includes studio fees for all supplies

Residential Tuition:


*Tuition includes studio fees for all supplies

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 | PDFand the expected MarineQuest Student Code of Conduct | PDF.

To complete the teacher recommendation, please have your teacher click here  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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