Session Details
Explore a Seashore     

You may download a flyer describing the fall 2012 sessions. Specific up-to-date schedule information for sessions is available here.

Have a suggestion for a new topic? Contact Jessie Kastler.


Art and Science on Horn Island

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art work together to provide an experience in classroom and field that illuminates both the natural beauty and the natural history of Horn Island.  This session invites us to use all of our senses and both sides of our brains to enhance our experience of Horn Island’s wild ecosystem.
Participants should bring any art supplies they would like to use on the island.

Participants should bring any art supplies they would like to use on the island.

Itinerary    Registration Form  [pdf files]

Attention teachers: 0.8 CEUs available upon request.


Debris Free Seas:  Small Steps, Huge Impact

Marine Debris - Adult education field programs in Ocean Springs, MississippiWhat is marine debris?  What does it have to do with me?  What can I do to go green?  Everyone asks themselves these questions, and our educators are here to help.  Come on out to the Gulf Coast Research Lab’s Marine Education Center for a two-day trash adventure on February 10 and 11, 2012.  Trash is our business and, unfortunately, business is good. Come out and do your part; small steps have a huge impact.     

Itinerary    Registration Form  [pdf files]

Attention teachers: 0.5 CEUs available upon request.


Human Diseases from the Coastal Ocean

Are there dangers in the coastal waters other than sharks and stingrays? Should we worry about the tiny creatures we can't even see? What are Vibrios and viruses? How can we determine that our seafood and beaches are safe?

Find the answers to these questions and ask your own questions at the GCRL Marine Education Center's two-day learning adventure. You'll move from the classroom, to the beach, and on to the Pathology Laboratory at Cedar Point.  Marine microbiologist Dr. Jay Grimes will help you explore the fascinating facts behind those sensational news stories and sort reality from rumor. As a bonus, you'll enjoy our fall weather during a walk on the beach while conducting hands-on water quality testing.

Itinerary    Registration Form  [pdf files]

Attention teachers: 0.6 CEUs available upon request.


Insights into Parasites of the Mississippi Sound

They creep, they crawl, they might eat us all!  Do you know what your food eats or what eats your food before it reaches your plate?  Explore the Mississippi Sound food web on a trawl trip aboard a research vessel with GCRL scientists to better understand the connections between people and the food they consume.  Dare to up the icky ante during this weekend devoted to identifying parasites in coastal critters and gaining insight into the top of the food web.

Itinerary    Registration Form  [pdf files]   Flyer

Attention teachers: 0.7 CEUs available upon request.   


Shark, Shores and a Whole Lot MoreAdult education field programs in Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Find your inner Chondrichthyes in this two-day program full of shark facts, anatomy, behavior, and exploration in the lab and on the water.  Participate in ongoing shark research at the GCRL!  Take a bite out of the mystery of the Sound.  Join us for an experience of a lifetime while making a contribution to science.

Itinerary    Registration Form  [pdf files]

Attention teachers: 0.8 CEUs available upon request.


Weathering the Storm

Prepare for the hurricane season by increasing your understanding of the coast of Mississippi during this Saturday program.  Consider how local habitats respond to seasonal storms and long term changes in sea level.  Explore the resilience of your community using internet simulations.  Visit a Biloxi community where professional architects and planners are helping residents live close to nature for the benefit of both.  Learn the answers to these questions:

Itinerary    Registration Form    Flyer   [pdf files]

Attention teachers: 0.5 CEUs available upon request.