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Ocean Lab

Program Dates, Tuition & Registration

Ocean Lab Program Dates, Tuition & Registration

12 - 14 (must complete 6th grade and turn 12 by the start of the program)

Staff/Student Ratio 1:10

Commuter: Monday - Friday

Residential: Sunday - Friday 


Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday 8:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Residential Check-in/out

Sunday 3:00 PM

Friday 12:30 PM

Summer Sessions

Week 1: June 9 - 14, 2024 FULL

Week 4: June 30 - July 5, 2024 FULL

Week 6: July 14 - 19, 2024 FULL

Week 7: July 21 - 26, 2024 FULL

Week 8: July 29 - August 2, 2024 COMMUTER ONLY**

Academic Fee $560
Optional Overnight Fee


Total Cost: Academic + Overnight = $1330

Location UNCW Campus - TBD
Registration Deadline You must register two weeks prior to the start of the program. 

*Note that prices, content, dates, and times are subject to change without notice.

**Week 8 session is Commuter ONLY

Frequently Asked Program Questions

MarineQuest's overnight option gives students a full summer program experience.  During our overnight programs, students will build community and develop leadership skills that are important for scientists and engineers. 

After the day's activities, students will have about an hour of free time before dinner to call home, clean up, or just rest.  MarineQuest overnight students will eat dinner in one of UNCW's cafeteria locations.  Following dinner, there are about 2 hours of scheduled group activities.  

Stay Overnight with marineQuest

The MarineQuest staff is more than happy to pick up and drop off students at ILM. An airline request form is required.  In some instances, we do have an additional charge

More Airport transportation info

Most MarineQuest program educators are marine scientists pursuing or have recently completed their undergraduate or graduate degree in a marine science discipline. Also, we hire teachers who have a passion for marine science education. We search through 100+ staff candidates to identify a summer team with experience working with youth, marine science and hold safety certifications including first aid, lifeguard, and more.

We are proud to have a team that is highly trained in both safety and marine science. Each staff member passes a criminal background check before hiring, is First Aid certified, passes a DMV check if they are driving, and is lifeguard certified if required by their position.

Contact Us


Main Office: 626 MacMillan Ave. 
MarineQuest Lab: Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane 

Registration Office:
Phone: 910.962.2939

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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