Marine Education Center
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.
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.