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Join MarineQuest as we travel back in time to the age of giant prehistoric sharks and discover how North Carolina's coast has changed over the years. While time traveling through our coastal habitats back to the future, Trekkies will use the tools of oceanography, meteorology and paleontology to experience first-hand how hurricanes and other forces of nature have created the coastline that we see today. Discover some of the key marine organisms inhabiting our coastal waters and learn about the importance of conserving our coastline.

Field excursions include:

  • Going to the beach, marsh, fouling station, coquina outcrop, Cape Fear River, NOAA weather station, local TV station, Snow's Cut, Center for Marine Science, NC Aquarium, and Cape Fear Museum.

Highlights include:

  • Species of focus: Whales!
  • Travel by boat to a barrier island
  • Go kayaking
  • Participate in boogie board oceanography
  • Use shallow water snorkeling to observe coastal erosion
  • Improve your map skills
  • Learn how to use GPS to make a beach profile and mapping marine debris
  • Take core samples for geologic analysis
  • Use weather instruments
  • Try surf fishing



Table Info

Day(s) of Week

Sunday/Monday - Friday


8:00 AM - 3:45 PM (Friday pick-up/final presentation at 12:30 PM)

Residential students must arrive on Sunday at 3:00 PM while commuting students join the program Monday at 8:00 AM.

Staff / Student Ratio



UNCW Campus

Summer 2020 Dates

Week 5: July 12 - 17, 2020

Week 8: August 3 - 7, 2020 *Commuter Only

Commuter Tuition


Residential Tuition



You must register by 5:00 PM the Wednesday before your program is to begin. *Commuter students should apply for the Sunday start day. You will be able to select whether you are commuter or residential in the application and the correct price will be applied to your account. You program will begin Monday morning.