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Registration Now Open for Summer 2016!

Registration Now Open for Spring ArtSea and Sea GEMS Series!

Bring your family to MarineQuest's fun-filled Cetacean Celebration Family Event!

Congratulations to Youth Programs Director, Dr. Sue Kezios, on her Outstanding Informal Educator Award!

UNCW MarineQuest Recieves NOAA Funding for Marine Debris Outreach Program.

MarineQuest Event Calendar

February 13: ArtSea

February 20: Cetacean Celebration Family Event

March 12: ArtSea

March 19: Sea GEMS

April 2: ArtSea

June 12 - August 5: Summer Enrichment Programs

Marine Science Summer Camps and Summer Programs – UNC Wilmington MarineQuest

Welcome to MarineQuest!

MarineQuest is the official marine science outreach program for the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Watson College of Education, and the Center for Marine Science providing young people with opportunities to explore, discover and value our marine habitats. Whether you experience MarineQuest as a summer camper exploring the ocean or as a student on a school field trip discovering the marsh, the outcome is the same: MarineQuest is more than just another day at the beach; MarineQuest is making waves in environmental education!

My daughter Tess loved everything about her experience at MarineQuest... It was clear not only that she enjoyed your program, but that she learned an extraordinary amount. -Deborah Berke, parent

Registration Now Open for Summer 2016!

MarineQuest Summer Academic Enrichment Programs

Have you ever wanted to spend a week learning about Marine Biology... Are you interested in exploring what careers await you as a Marine Scientist... Would you be interested in scuba diving into places that SCUBA magazine has called a “world-class collection of wrecks”... If so, then MarineQuest Summer Camps are for YOU! 

Have you ever wanted the chance to operate a real underwater remotely operated vehicle... Are you interested in working with professional research scientists exploring the fields of Marine Biology, Marine Geology, Ocean Chemistry, Physical Oceanography and Marine Biotechnology... Would you be interested in cruising the ocean on a university operated research vessel... If so, then MarineQuest Summer Camps are for YOU!

MarineQuest summer camps are designed to make the learning process fun and engaging while providing real hands-on, field-based opportunities for students ages 4 to 17. MarineQuest offers over 30 unique curriculum programs that are age appropriate and include a variety of topics that are sure to please. For a complete listing of our summer enrichment programs visit our summer camps page.

ArtSea: Spring 2016 Series

Registration Now Open!

Join MarineQuest this spring to express your inner artist in our fun filled Saturday Morning ArtSea Workshop series. Each month, we will focus on a different theme and art project as we learn about the marine environment.


Cetacean Celebration Family Event

Registration Now Open!

Join us for a whale of a good time as we celebrate all things cetacean. Come discover the different marine mammal species that can be found in our coastal waters. Explore their adaptation in our life size inflatable Right Whale and learn how they communicate and feed. Help us protect these wonderful creatures.

Spring 2016 Sea GEMS Leadership Academy

Registration Now Open!

Join MarineQuest this spring for a full day Sea GEMS (Girls Exploring Marine Science) leadership session. Meet, learn, and serve with some truly inspirational female marine science faculty, associates, and students at UNCW. Girls who participate in this program will have the opportunity to explore the four fields of marine science, learn about current issues, develop technical skills and engage in community service that benefits coastal habitats and organisms.

MarineQuest School Programs

Experience the wonders of the coast with your students through hands-on inquiry-based classroom, field, and lab activities. All of our lessons are based on state and national education standards, including Ocean Literacy Principles, and highlight the different fields of study that make up marine science. We offer three academic enrichment programs focusing on the marine science of our coastal environments:Ocean Explorers, Coastal Encounters and Coast-to-Classroom.

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