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Registration Now Open for Fall Sea GEMS and Teen Skill Building Workshop!

UNCW MarineQuest Recieves NOAA Funding for Marine Debris Outreach Program

Beginning Fall 2014, Project TECHNOcean brought MarineQuest into public schools.

MarineQuest Event Calendar

October 17 - Fall Sea GEMS and Teen Skill Building Workshop

November 14 - Fall Sea GEMS

December 18 - Fall Sea GEMS

Marine Science Summer Camps and Summer Programs – UNC Wilmington MarineQuest

Welcome to MarineQuest!

MarineQuest is the official marine science outreach program for the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Watson College of Education, and the Center for Marine Science providing young people with opportunities to explore, discover and value our marine habitats. Whether you experience MarineQuest as a summer camper exploring the ocean or as a student on a school field trip discovering the marsh, the outcome is the same: MarineQuest is more than just another day at the beach; MarineQuest is making waves in environmental education!

My daughter Tess loved everything about her experience at MarineQuest... It was clear not only that she enjoyed your program, but that she learned an extraordinary amount. -Deborah Berke, parent

Sea GEMS: Fall 2015 Series

Registration Now Open!

Join MarineQuest for our first year round Sea GEMS (Girls Exploring Marine Science) leadership program. Meet, learn, and serve with some truly inspirational female marine science faculty, associates, and students at UNCW. Girls who participate in this program will have the opportunity to explore the four fields of marine science, learn about current issues, develop technical skills and engage in community service that benefits coastal habitats and organisms.

Fall Teen Skill Building Workshop: Microscopy

Registration Now Open!

Join MarineQuest for the start of our Teen Skills Building Workshop Series as we focus on one of the most essential scientific tools: the MICROSCOPE. This comprehensive workshop on microscopy techniques will introduce students to both the theory and practical use of modern microscopes. During the workshop students will gain hands-on training in fundamental microscope techniques, apply learned skills to explore the marine microcosmos, and interact with UNCW professors in UNCW laboratories as they are introduced to skills in advanced microscopy including fluorescence, digital imagining, confocal microscopy, and electron microscopy. This exclusive workshop is open to current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

MarineQuest School Programs

Experience the wonders of the coast with your students through hands-on inquiry-based 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. We offer three academic enrichment programs focusing on the marine science of our coastal environments:Ocean Explorers, Coastal Encounters and Coast-to-Classroom.

MarineQuest Summer Academic Enrichment Programs

Have you ever wanted to spend a week learning about Marine Biology... Are you interested in exploring what careers await you as a Marine Scientist... Would you be interested in scuba diving into places that SCUBA magazine has called a “world-class collection of wrecks”... If so, then MarineQuest Summer Camps are for YOU! 

Have you ever wanted the chance to operate a real underwater remotely operated vehicle... Are you interested in working with professional research scientists exploring the fields of Marine Biology, Marine Geology, Ocean Chemistry, Physical Oceanography and Marine Biotechnology... Would you be interested in cruising the ocean on a university operated research vessel... If so, then MarineQuest Summer Camps are for YOU!

MarineQuest summer camps are designed to make the learning process fun and engaging while providing real hands-on, field-based opportunities for students ages 4 to 17. MarineQuest offers over 30 unique curriculum programs that are age appropriate and include a variety of topics that are sure to please. For a complete listing of our summer enrichment programs visit our summer camps page.

Spring Saturday Morning Marine Explorers

UNCW will not be offering Marine Explorers this fall

Join our MarineQuest staff this spring for Saturday mornings filled with exciting scientific fun at the UNCW Center for Marine Science. Each month, we focus on a different theme as we get hands-on to explore sea creatures, marine habitats and ocean phenomena through lab experiments, field activities, games, art and more! Experience first-hand what it's like to be a true Marine Explorer!

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