students in marsh working on oyster study

Coastal Challengers: Ages 9 -10

Must have completed 3rd grade and turn 9 by June 1st

Hey campers, are you ready to rise to the challenge? Our coastal habitats are under pressure and need your help.  Water quality is being threatened, toxic algae are taking over, and our barrier islands aren’t able to migrate.  Even that annoying, but very important biofouling community is being challenged!  Not to mention some of our favorite marine organisms like Sea Turtles who have their own hurdles to overcome.  Join us for a week of environmental fun as you learn how to help protect our important coastal habitats from these challenges.

Field excursions include:

  • Going to the beach, an undeveloped barrier island, marsh, fouling station, Center for Marine Science, kayaking, Greenfield Lake, and Topsail Sea Turtle Hospital

Highlights include:

  • Investigating environmental challenges including water quality, coastal erosion, toxic algal blooms, and the challenges that your favorite marine organisms have to deal with; kayaking and boat trip to undeveloped barrier island

Program Dates and Tuition

Day of Week:

Monday - Friday


8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Friday pick-up/final presentation at 12:00 p.m.

Staff / Student Ratio:

Location: UNCW Campus - drop off at Isaac Bear Early College
Summer 2017 Dates:

Session 1: June 12-16

Session 2: June 26-30

Session 3: July 17-21

Tuition: $340
Gender: Co-ed

Program Registration

You must register by 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday before your program is to begin.

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• 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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