K-12 Student Development

Student Marine Science Programs by State

In addition to the specific opportunities listed below, many of WhaleNet's Affiliates seek volunteers and interns or offer other opportunities for individuals interested in marine science. A number of Aquariums and marine education organizations, that offer programs for students, along with career information web sites are linked on our educational resources page. And there are volunteer opportunities through some of the Marine Mammal Stranding Networks.


Discovery Hall Programs
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Box 369-370, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Contact: Denise Keaton, (334)861-2141

Four week marine science summer immersion courses for high school students (grades 10-12).


Point Reyes Education Programs
Reyes National Seashore, Pt. Reyes, CA 94956
Contact: Adrienne Olmstead, (415)663-1200

Focus of summer camp is discovery and appreciation of coastal habitats.
Internships and Naturalists positions for undergraduates in the summer camp and during the academic year.

Marine Biology Program at Santa Catalina School Summer Camp
1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, CA 93940
Contact: (408)655-9386

June 22-July 26, for girls entering grades 7,8,or 9, this five week course examines the marine life of Monterey Bay. Also available, 2 1/2 week course in Marine Biology (afternoon class) for girls grades 3-9.

Summer Oceanology Program
Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA 90041
Contact: Dr. G. Martin, Dept. of Biology

Program for high school seniors. Intro to marine biology (five week course).

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
9500 Gilman Dr. UCSD-0207, La Jolla, CA 92093-0207
Contact: Liz Hadridge (619) 534-7523

Summer Learning Adventures for K-12 students: One day to one week classes in the field and in the lab; on marine science and other ocean topics.
Internships are available as Instructor Aides working with aquarium instructors.

Sea World
500 Sea World Dr.
San Diego, CA 92119
Contact: Laura Slanec (619)225-4258

Summer camp for 4th - 6th graders.
Counselor positions for undergraduates in marine biology or education.


Mystic Aquarium and University of Connecticut
Contact: (860)572-5955 ext. 204

Seminar on Marine Mammals is an introduction to marine mammals and current research
Coastal Ecology includes a week-long study cruise aboard a schooner.

Project Oceanology
Contact: 800.364.8472
Email: oceanology@aol.com

Explore the Ocean from a SHIP. Project Oceanology provides boats, oceanographic equipment, a waterfront laboratory, instructional materials and staff to enable more than 20,000 students and adults each year to learn about the ocean through first-hand, on-the-water experiences.


Dolphin Research Center
PO Box 522875, Marathon Shores, FL 33052-2875
Contact: Peggy Sloan, (305)289-1121 x231

Volunteer and Intern opportunities to experience DRC's unique work.


Marine Science/Scuba Camp, 1300 Big Pine Ave., Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Contact: (305)872-2331

May 26-Aug. 26, 1997
Field oriented marine science and scuba camp, for teens (12-17 yrs.)

National Audubon Society Everglades Conservation Office
Education Department
444 Brickwell Ave., Suite 850, Miami, FL 33131
Contact: Marielise Arana, Senior Educator, (305)371-6399

Field Instructor internships for upperclassmen with major in environmental studies or related field.

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
The J. Seward Johnson Marine Education and Conference Center (JSJMECC) is the educational arm of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution.

Mote Marine Laboratory
Chicago Zoological Society, c/o Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
Contact: Dr. Randy Wells

Resident Summer Camps in the Florida Keys:
Students in grades 7 - 12 travel to Mote's Tropical Research
Laboratory on Summerland Key for an incredible week of marine
exploration, including opportunities to snorkel, SCUBA, and kayak.
For more information, please visit: www.mote.org/summerprograms,
e-mail educate@mote.org, or call 941.388.4441, ext. 229.

Volunteer opportunities in Earthwatch's bottlenose dolphin research.

Coastal Marine Ecology of the Florida Keys
Marine Resources Development Foundation, P.O. Box 787, Key Largo, FL 33037
Contact: (800) 741-1139

Summer programs including Coastal Marine Ecology and the Scott Carpenter Man in the Sea Aquanaut Adventure Program and more.


Caretta Research Project

PO Box 9841, Savannah, GA 31412
Contact: Kris Carroll, 912-447-8655

Internships in their conservation and tagging program for loggerhead sea turtles.


Waikiki Aquarium Education Department
2777 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815
Contact:Carol Hooper (808) 923-9741

Summer Ocean Studies for high school students: 2 week marine science/skills program.
Community Enrichment Program for adults, families, children and parents with toddlers.


Our World
Underwater Scholarship Society, PO Box 4428, Chicago, IL 60680
Contact: Delbert Bowden, (312) 666-6525

One year scholarships and shorter internships to promote the educational activities related to underwater world.


Field Studies by the Sea
College of the Atlantic
105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Contact: Jean Boddy (800)597-9500

Family programs in environmental science including extensive field or lab work.
Graduate courses for 1.5 and 3 credits in the summer.

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells, ME 04090
Contact: Stephie Hunt, (207) 646-1555

Internships in education program developing, scheduling and managing Researchers Program.
Junior and Advanced Junior Researchers summer programs for students ages 9-11 and 11-13.

Maine Conservation School
Contact: (207) 665-2068

Aquatic and Habitat Studies for students ages 10-14.


Boat Camp, Newburyport, MA
Programs for students ages 2 to 17.
Our curriculum explores the unique natural history and ecology of the Merrimack River, Ipswich Bay and the Gulf of Maine watershed in the context of the seven essential principles of Ocean Literacy developed in 2006 by a collaborative of national marine science and education professionals and sponsored by the National Geographic Society and NOAA. We endeavor to lay the foundation for all of our participants to become ocean literate individuals–someone who understands the ocean’s influence on them and their influence on the ocean.

New England Aquarium
Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110-3399
Contact: Maureen Crawford, (617)973-5235

The Aquarium offers over 27 different volunteer & internship experiences, both in the summer and year-round. Volunteers must be at least 16.

Caribbean Marine Biology and Scuba
Ocean Matters
Contact: Laura Parker Roerden, Director, Ocean Matters, 535 Albany Street, Boston MA 02118, voice: (617)426-1221

Students entering grades 10-13 become scuba certified and spend five weeks in the Caribbean studying the life of the coral reef.

Marine Science Field Experience
Museum of Science, Boston 02114
Contact: Erica Oransky (617) 589-0300

For grades 7-9 one-week summer marine science program in and around the Bay of Fundy in northern Maine.

QLF/Atlantic Center for the Environment
55 S. Main Street, Ipswich, MA 01938
Contact: Intern Coordinator

Internships, employment and volunteer opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

680 Mt. Auburn St., P.O. Box 403, Watertown, MA 02272
Email: info@earthwatch.org

Earthwatch offers a variety of volunteer opportunities working in a variety of marine mammal projects i.e. manatees, orcas and dolphins.

School for Field Studies
16 Broadway
Beverly , MA 01915-4499
Phone 978-927-7777, Fax 978-927-5127, Email: sfs@fieldstudies.org

SFS is the country's oldest and largest educational institution exclusively dedicated to teaching and engaging undergraduates in environmental problem solving. Since our founding in 1980, over 8,000 college and high school students, with a variety of academic interests, have conducted hands-on field work in SFS programs around the world.

Sea Education Association
P.O. Box 6
Woods Hole, MA 02543

At SEA, you encounter the magical world of life at sea, a wholly different experience from life ashore. Working with the crew and fellow students, you sail, navigate, and conduct research in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea and become a vital, contributing member of the ship's company.


University of Southern Mississippi's Institute of Marine Sciences
J.L. Scott Marine Education Center & Aquarium
115 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39530
Contact: Johnette Bosarge, (228)374-5550 ext. 135

Project Marine Discovery (PMD) Student Mini-camps: groups age 11 & older and summer sea camp for children 4-14.

New Hampshire

Exeter Summer School
Exeter Academy, 20 Main Street, Exeter, NH, 03833-2460
Contact: Richard A. Hardej (603)778-4385

Extensive six week science curriculum includes marine biology for students entering grades 9-12. Call or write for more details.

Mathematics & Marine Science Program
Sea Grant
Kingman Farm, University of NH, Durham, NH 03824
Contact: Sharon Meeker (603)749-1565

The M&M Program is a NSF funded 3-week residential program for 9th graders in Maine and New Hampshire, focused on field and laboratory marine science, statistics and computer technology.

Project Smart, UNH
Rudman Hall, UNH, Durham, NH 03824
Contact: Subhash Minocha (603) 862-3840

High School Students study Freshwater & Marine Science for 4 weeks on campus.

New Mexico

Aquarium Day Camp
Albuquerque Aquarium/BioPark, 2061 Central NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87104
Contact: Catharine Hubbard, (505) 848-7181

Day Camp for children introducing ocean life to desert dwellers.

New York

Schooner Programs from the Caribbean Sea to the Coast of New England
Schooner Harvey Gamage Foundation, PO Box 446, Cornwall, NY 12518
Contact: Bert Rogers, (800) 724-7245

Ocean Classroom a fully accredited semester at sea for high school students. Seafaring Camp for teens off the coast of Maine.
Research/study opportunities for college credit.

North Carolina

Public Service, UNCW, 601 South College Rd., Wilmington, NC, 28403
Contact: Tammy Rogers, (901) 962-3578

Coast Trek for ages 11-13; Ocean Lab for ages 14-15.

North Carolina Maritime Museum
Summer Science School & Sailing Program

NCMM, 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC 28516
Contact: JoAnne Powell, (919) 728-7317

One and two week programs for children entering grades 1-9, on seashore life, coastal ecology and underwater archaeology


Stone Laboratory
The Ohio State University, 1314 Kinnear Rd., Columbus, OH 53212
Contact: Arleen Pineda, (614) 292-8949

Summer college courses for selected high school and college students in natural resources and biological and environmental sciences.
Internships at Ohio's biological field station located on South Bass and Gibraltar Islands in Lake Erie.


Texas A&M University at Galveston Summer Programs
PO Box 1675, Galveston, TX 77553
Contact: Sylvia Turrubiate, (409) 740-4525

Sea Camp: A hands-on marine adventure program for kids 10 to 16 years old. Talented and Gifted program: Multi-discipline curriculum for students 8th grade through 12th.


Contact: Lise Ayers Lawrence (804)684-7608

An on-line resource center on the National Marine Educator's home page of marine related summer and academic year programs for students and teachers.

The Marine Science Consortium
7278 enterprise St., Wallops Island, VA 23337

Summer residential programs for 7th - 12th grade and college students.
Internships, Chaperones and Residential Coordinator positions


Oceans Tropical Expedition
Contact: Susan Wertz (360)456-1854

Undergraduate and graduate level summer courses include tropical reef ecology and tropical fish biology in Trinidad and Tobago off the coast of Venezuela.


Youth Summer Program
University of Wisconsin Superior, 1800 Grand Ave., Superior, WI 54880
Contact: Cheri Boreen (715)394-8173

Pre-college exploration program for youth ages 13 through 17 including freshwater ecology.

World Wide

Ocean Matters Summer Caribbean Marine Biology Program
Laura Parkre Roerden
535 Albany St., Floor 2
Boston, MA 02118
phone (617)426-1221
e-mail admissions@oceanmatters.org

For students entering grades 10-13 who have completed high school biology.

Environmental Programs- Museum of Science
Course Registrar, Science Park, Boston, MA 02114
Contact: (617)589-0300

Marine science field experience, Bay of Fundy, for students ages 13-15, in grades 7-9


An on-line resource center on the National Marine Educator's homepage of marine related summer and academic year programs for students and teachers.

Summer Internships

A list of summer internships for college students majoring in science, math and engineering.


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