UNCW MarineQuest Spring and Summer Class Registration Now Open

Monday, February 26, 2018

Dive Hawks, Coastal Challengers, Sea Mates These aren’t the newest cinema superheroes, but just a few of the MarineQuest classes that will provide exciting academic enrichment opportunities for students of all ages – from pre-school through pre-college – who are interested in the marine environment.

Through these classes, “We want students to fall in love with marine science and encourage them to become environmentally responsible adults,” said MarineQuest Director Erin Moran.

Given UNCW’s prime coastal location, MarineQuest programs have tremendous access to beaches, marshes and the university’ research facilities. Many classes are based on research currently taking place at UNCW.

“Regardless of the age of our campers – whether 4 or 17 – we leverage the knowledge and talents of UNCW faculty, staff and students, along with access to university facilities and equipment, to develop marine science learning opportunities that are challenging, engaging and fun,” said Sue Kezios, Director of the STEM Learning Cooperative and Youth Programs.

MarineQuest offers fun for everyone, including:

  • Half-day programs for kids ages 4-9, including “Sea Squirts,” where campers explore different marine habitats, discover some of the shelly, spiny, crusty, squishy and scummy critters that live there, and learn about environmental issues that affect them.
  • Junior day programs for kids ages 7-10, including “ArtSea Jr.” Campers will sketch skates, paint puffers, carve crabs and much, much more!
  • Residential and commuter programs for kids ages 9-17, including “Surf-N-Service,” where campers will learn to surf while also completing 16 hours of community service. Projects include coastal restoration efforts, citizen science initiatives and sharing the wonders of the ocean with underserved kids.
  • Residential-only programs for kids ages 12-17, including “Dive Hawks,” a week-long, dive-intensive marine science experience that provides serious teen marine enthusiasts with an opportunity to earn their open-water dive certification and explore the ocean’s amazing aquatic life, beautiful artificial reefs and ship wrecks. (This class is for teens ages 14-17.)
  • The capstone Oceans-17 program, an intensive three-week experience for highly motivated teen marine scientists-in-training. Students will conduct relevant lab and field-based research alongside UNCW marine science faculty, staff and graduate students. To emphasize the connection between marine science research and environmental stewardship, students will participate in a community service project that benefits a local marine habitat.

For more information about summer camps and other programs or to register, visit the MarineQuest website.

-- Matt Stephenson ’20M