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Contact Marinequest

MarineQuest Office




Will be available Fall 2014 for Summer 2015

Program Information

Cancellation Policy | PDF

Coast trek Brochure

Coast Trek | PDF


 residential information

MarineQuest Airline Information

The MarineQuest staff is more than happy to pick-up and drop-off students at Wilmington International Airport at no cost. An airline request form is required (see above link for more details).

Residential FAQ's

• Linens are provided - DO NOT bring sheets, pillows, and blankets. 

• Laundry facilities are available at no cost - bring detergent

• No electronic equipment (other than cell phones) is allowed.

What to Bring/Wear | PDF


Students on vessel

students kayaking

Coast Trek: Ages 10-12

Must have completed 4th grade and turn 10 by June 1st

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 our coastline for sustainable fisheries.

Field excursions include:

  • Going to the beach, marsh, fouling station, coquina outcrop, Cape Fear River, fossil quarry, NOAA weather station, local TV station, Snow’s Cut, and Center for Marine Science.

Highlights include:

  • 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; build a model wind turbine and wave machine; try surf fishing; each week will focus on a different marine species including whales, sea turtles, sharks, flounder, etc... and their interaction with the physical environment.

What a great time William had at camp! He was in Coast Trek and it was his first time away from home. From his excitement, I believe that he had a wonderful time. Not only that - he learned a great deal and it sparked his already great interest in marine biology/geology." -Richard H., parent

 Program Dates and Tuition

Day of Week:

Sunday / Monday - Friday


8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Pick up on Friday is at 12:30 p.m.

Staff / Child Ratio:

Location: UNCW Campus - drop off at Isaac Bear parking lot
Summer 2015 Dates: TBD, Will be posted Fall 2014
Residential students must arrive on Sunday at 3 p.m. while commuting students join the program Monday at 8 a.m.
Commuter Tuition: TBD, Will be posted Fall 2014
Residential Tuition: TBD, Will be posted Fall 2014
Gender: Co-ed

Click here for tuition payment plan information

Program Application & Registration

You must register by 5:00pm the Tuesday before your program is to begin.

Before completing your application, please review the Cancellation Policy | PDFand the expected MarineQuest Student Code of Conduct | PDF.

To complete the teacher recommendation, please have your teacher click here to submit their teacher recommendation (link will be available Fall 2014 for Summer 2015).

Please Note: A completed application does not register you for your program. All applications will first be reviewed by the MarineQuest Staff and upon acceptance, you will receive an e-mail explaining the next step in the registration process.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page.
• Note that prices, content, dates, and times are subject to change without notice.
• Questions? Call 910.962.2640 or send an e-mail to
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