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Marine Education Center

Marine Education Center


Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) global health crisis, the Marine Education Center, by following policies set by The University of Southern Mississippi, is canceling all person-to-person educational programming through August 2020 including our summer camps. The University remains open, and our team at the MEC will use this time of disruption to conceive and execute innovative on-line programs that continue our mission of education and outreach for USM's School of Ocean Science and Engineering.

osprey trail
Osprey Point Interpretative Trail
During a trip to the MEC, plan to see the sights on the universally accessible Osprey Point Interpretative Trail. A walk on the quarter-mile trail guides visitors through different coastal habitats. Breaks in the native plant undergrowth and tree canopy offer framed views of Davis Bayou and tidal marsh habitats. Cross the pedestrian suspension bridge to observe the transition in habitats from forested bayhead to tidal marsh. The site is home to a large population of animals including resident osprey, raccoons, alligators and coastal birds.

Innovative Field-Based Educational Experience

The Marine Education Center (MEC) at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Cedar Point site in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, serves as the education and outreach arm of the School of Ocean Science and Engineering.

MEC programs reflect coastal science research conducted within the Gulf of Mexico and provide participants with a better understanding of the Gulf. This approach advances the understanding of coastal and marine science within the public sector and provides the tools coastal residents can use to become more effective stewards and advocates for the Gulf of Mexico through innovative, field-based educational experiences.

Plan Your Visit


Our Programs

Teachers bring their students to the MEC for an outdoor, immersive program knowing the experience can have a profound impact on a young person’s life, sparking an interest in a STEM career.

10KStem students from Minnesota to Mississippi
100Acres of outdoor and floating classrooms
1Suspension bridge with treetop views of coastal marshes 

Contact Us

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

GCRL - Cedar Point

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Connecting People with Coastal Sciences and Research