Explore a Seashore

Love the beach? Want to know more? Come and Explore The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory's Marine Education Center is proud to announce a new series of workshops that will allow adult participants to explore the rich diversity and dynamic landscape of the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline. a Seashore.

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center is proud to announce the fall schedule of workshops for the public. In these exciting events, individuals and families can explore the rich diversity and dynamic landscape of the Northern Gulf of Mexico coast.  These workshops are like educational vacations for people who want a better understanding their coastal habitat. 

Participants in a GCRL workshop tag sharks aboard the R/V Tom McIlwain, 2011

We design our Explore a Seashore programs to stimulate scientific thinking and appreciation for the marine ecosystem. These programs help participants to see the complex beauty in our marine resources and understand the key role they play in our economy and our lifestyles.  We hope you will learn new ways to live in harmony with local habitats and natural processes.

Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant Consotrium

This series of family educational experiences is designed to address the four focus areas of Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium:

  • Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply
  • Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities
  • Healthy Coastal Ecosystems
  • Sustainable Coastal Development

Upcoming Programs

Learn more about your surroundings in our 2013 programs. Follow the links for details. CEU credits are available for teachers. You may download a flyer describing the current programs.

Date Rain Date* Topic Fee CEUs
April 26-27 May 3-4 Art and Science on Horn Island
In cooperation with the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Fee for museum members is discounted to $50.
$65 0.8
May 10-11 May 17-18 Sharks, Shores and a Whole Lot More $20 0.8

* Outdoor programs are dependent on weather and will be postponed if conditions are excessively uncomfortable or dangerous.  If a session must be cancelled, it will be rescheduled on the rain date. Please make sure you are available on the rain date.

Program fees are not refundable or transferable.  However, if GCRL must cancel a program and it cannot be held on the rain date, fees will be refunded.


To register, please submit your registration form with appropriate fees.  If you have questions, contact the Marine Education Center by email or call 228.818.8833. Space is limited so register early!

Participating teachers may receive CEUs by requesting them on the application.

Forms and Documents

Explore A Shore workshop participants collect a ray specimen.