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For detailed information, please review our School Programs Brochure!

Welcome to MarineQuest school programs, your classroom porthole to preK-12 marine and environmental education in coastal North Carolina. Experience the wonders of the coast with your students through hands-on 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.   

Marine Science School Programs - UNC Wilmington MarineQuestProgram Reservations

School programs are offered from September to May. To make a school reservation or to reserve a program date, please complete the Program Reservation Request Form (submission of form does not guarantee date is available). After submitting your program form, please follow-up with an e-mail or by phone to verify that it has been received or (910) 962-2640.

Note that prices, content, dates, and times are subject to change without notice. Questions? Call (910) 962-2640 or send an e-mail to

On-Site and Field Programs

Ocean Explorers: Grades K-12
Half-day classroom and laboratory activities and tours at the UNCW Center for Marine Science

Coastal Encounters: Grades 3 - 12
A full day of classroom, laboratory and field activities based out of the UNCW Center for Marine Science

Outreach - Bringing Marine Science into the Classroom

Coast-to-Classroom: Grades K - 8
Four hours of interactive presentations or science center rotations delivered at your school by our environmental educators

*Ask about our special Sea Squirts Coast to Classroom program for preschools

Learning Programs for Schools - UNC Wilmington MarineQuestTeacher Professional Development

Workshop Series
MarineQuest offers workshops throughout the year to give teachers new science skills, learn up-to-date marine science knowledge, and help teachers bring marine science into their classroom. Earn CEU credits and MarineQuest credentials.