Sharkheads Shark Fest


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.

It’s a shark eat shark world out there. Come take a bite! 

Why watch shark week on TV when you can live it?

Spend a week learning all about one of the ocean’s apex predators. Shark Fest participants may encounter Atlantic sharpnose, bonnethead, blacktip, spinner, hammerhead and bull sharks. Board vessels to long line for sharks and participate in shark research with our USM scientists by catching, tagging and releasing sharks.

Grades 7-12 — $450

June 8-12,

June 22-26 (Gulf Park Campus, Residential Camp Option add $500)

July 13-17

As a participant, you will:

Downloadable 2020 Summer Camps flyer

WLOX News Story


Sharkheads Shark Fest sessions are held on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Currently scheduled sessions are listed below.


The fee is $450 per person. A $50 deposit is required with registration. For more information, contact the Marine Education Center by email or call 228.818.8095. University faculty, staff and students receive 20% Discount on camp tuition!

Shark Fest participants prepare to tag a recently caught shark.

Sharkheads Shark Fest participants prepare to tag a recently caught shark.