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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!

Summer 2021 Pre-registration is Now Open. Click here!


  • IF In-Person ...
    • With CDC, state and university guidance, we have permission to operate face-to-face in all programming spaces to include classrooms, labs, field sites and vehicles. We will implement best practices related to social distancing, hygiene and safety protocols.
  • IF Hybrid ...
    • The CDC, state and university have provided permission for us to program out-of-doors in small groups with social distancing protocols in place.  Hybrid programs will take place online with a morning out-of-doors option for participants who live within commuting distance.
  • IF Online Only ...
    • The CDC, state and university have not provided permission for any face-to-face programming due to safety concerns.

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 B, parent