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Coastal Science Camps

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Field and classroom experiences are tailored to the educational goals of the group through a wide variety of available topics and activities.

  • Beach and barrier island ecology and marine biology.
  • Shark and other fish identification, classification, and dissection
  • Water quality sampling and testing
  • Research Gulf of Mexico pelagic (offshore) species
  • Coastal ornithology
  • Marine aquaculture
  • Trawling for vertebrates and invertebrates
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing and cast net throwing
  • Marine artifacts & museum collections

The field trip of a lifetime in the ultimate outdoor classroom

Coastal Science Camp participants enjoy hands-on and field experience focused on dynamic coastal habitats, marine plants and animals, and current research at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL).

Camps are offered August - May

Grade 4 to Adult

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Organized groups of 15-100 participants, including public or private school groups, scout troops, church or community organizations, and corporate retreats.

GCRL's waterfront location offers direct access to coastal bayous and beaches, including Davis Bayou, Biloxi Bay, Mississippi Sound, Horn Island, Ship Island, Cat Island, Petit Bois Island, and the Gulf of Mexico.

With a dormitory, a fully functioning cafeteria, and access to primitive campgrounds for those who desire it, the MEC offers a day camp or an overnight experience that caters to your needs.

Check out these sample itineraries

Beach and Barrier Islands

Shark Camp


Gulf Coast Feature

What can happen in a single day?

The program at the GCRL is an exceptional opportunity that our 7th grade students look forward to every year! It brings the Gulf straight into the classroom! The hands on activities are not only in line with our curriculum, but they literally bring science alive with the variety of marine life the students get to identify and study!

Ava Fontenot, St. George's Episcopal School, New Orleans, Louisiana

Reserve your camp today and gain a memory that will last a lifetime!

Call us at 228.818.8095 or email marine.educationFREEMississippi.

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Marine Education Center
101 Sweet Bay Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

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