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For more than 40 years UNCW MarineQuest, in conjunction with the Center for Marine Science and the Watson College of Education, has provided enriching academic opportunities for young people interested in the marine environment.

MarineQuest serves as a pipeline for engaged learning between the university and the preK-12 community. By building on the strengths of UNCW faculty, staff, students and facilities, we create

  • Academically enriching programs that provide youth with relevant university experiences
  • UNCW students with experiential and service-learning engagement opportunities
  • Faculty and staff with outreach partnerships

MarineQuest's Mission is to provide young people with opportunities to explore, discover and value our marine habitats and encourage them to develop into environmentally responsible adults.

To achieve this we offer summer academic enrichment programs and school programs for all ages, from pre-school through pre-college. All of our lessons and activities are designed to make the learning process fun and engaging and many are based on the research of UNCW scientists.

Whether young people experience MarineQuest as summer campers exploring the ocean or students on a field trip discovering a marsh, the outcome is the same: MarineQuest is more than just another day at the beach; MarineQuest is making waves in environmental education!


Our programs are critically reviewed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as part of the University's accreditation process. This accreditation confirms that we are following our mission and achieving our goals and those of the university. As part of the accreditation process, we engage in a rigorous evaluation program, collecting data that is used to inform our decisions and improve programming.

Working with Minors

Please review our UNCW Minor's Policy for more information.

My experience with MarineQuest Summer Camp further confirmed my desire and interest to pursue a career in marine biology. My time at UNCW was a positive and memorable one and I hope to enroll as a college student once I graduate from high school. -Kendra

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