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Marine Education Center

Marine Education Center


The Marine Education Center works across The University of Southern Mississippi’s Coastal Operations as Partners in STEM to engage members of diverse communities in ocean sciences, promoting careers and fostering community involvement through formal and informal education programs that provide participants with a better understanding of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Innovative, Field-Based Educational Experience

Bayou Tours at the Marine Education Center
Programs at the MEC include tours on Davis Bayou aboard the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory's Educational Vessel, the Miss Peetsy B. Participants explore the estuarine environment on a unique excursion into rich marsh habitat. 


The center promotes 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. A visit to the Marine Education Center takes visitors through different coastal habitats including the sensitive transition from forested bayhead to tidal marsh as seen from the pedestrian suspension bridge on campus.

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

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