Sea Camp


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.

Summer 2020 marks the 33rd year for Sea Camp -

1-2 — $235
3-4 — $260
5-6 — $285

2020 Summer Camps Flyer

Marine educators provide students with a rich educational experience wrapped up in lots of fun, games and hands-on activities.

Participants explore coastal salt marshes with educators aboard the university research vessel, the Miss Peetsy B. Activities include live animal encounters with coastal wildlife and opportunities to fish, crab, seine and sieve. Students will participate in field trips appropriate for their ages, such as exploring beach habitats or a day at Ship Island.



Fees are $235 for 1st and 2nd grades, $260 for 3rd and 4th grades and $285 for 5th and 6th grades. Sea Camp registration requires a $50.00 non-refundable deposit.

Registration for Sea Camp is offered only online. Paper forms are no longer used. University faculty, staff and students receive 20% Discount on camp tuition!

For questions, please contact the Marine Education Center at 228.818.8095.


2020 Sea Camp Schedule During Shark Fest, sharks are caught, tagged, and released as part of an ongoing research program at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.

Drop-off 7:45-8:00 a.m. and pick-up is between 2:45-3:00 p.m.

Note: For GCRL, Ocean Springs campers, 3rd-6th graders, drop-off on Thursdays is 8:00 a.m. and pick-up is at 5:00 p.m. to accommodate the trip to Ship Island.

Sea Camp participants are put into one of three groups that include activities age appropriate for each of the groups. 

Sea Camp Dates for 2020