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Contact Marinequest

(910) 962-2640

Program Reservation

School programs are offered from September to May. To make a school reservation or to request a program date reservation, please complete the Program Reservation Request Form.

After submitting your program form, please follow-up with an e-mail or by phone to verify that it has been received or (910) 962-2640.

For more detailed program descriptions, please contact the MarineQuest office


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Coastal Encounters

Grades 3-12

Spend a full-day exploring the exciting study of marine science through classroom, laboratory and field activities. The Coastal Encounters program begins at the UNCW Center for Marine Science where students will participate in selected hands-on activities. After lunch, school groups will travel to their field locations where they will get "hands-on, feet-wet" learning opportunities in areas such as the marsh, beach or fouling community.

Sample Activities and Locations

All Coastal Encounter field activities are divided into two main geographical areas: Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach/Fort Fisher. View a MAP of the areas we explore (please give the map a few seconds to load). Click on an area to view a sample of the activities that are available or view our Field Activities | PDF and Field Activity Descriptions | PDF.

Customizing Your Program

Coastal Encounters can be either single or multiple day programs, but are designed
to run from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  All Coastal Encounter full day programs include lunch. Depending on the needs and goals for your trip, your school may elect to only
participate in field based experiences. MarineQuest can customize a field experience
to meet your needs ranging from 3 to 8 hours.

Program Agendas

MarineQuest agendas are based on state and national education standards, including ocean literacy principles, and many highlight UNCW faculty research. Lessons can be tailored to a variety of age groups. MarineQuest can work with schools to design a customized program for a particular area of study.

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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