USM Marine Education Center offering summer camps and teacher development workshops


Courtesy of USM

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WHLT) – The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Education Center (MEC) will offer in-person summer camps and teacher professional development workshops for 2021.

“All of us at the MEC have missed having people on campus while everyone has been working remotely,” said MEC Director Dr. Jessica Kastler. “After a great deal of planning we really are thrilled to welcome people to the MEC, and excited to be starting off with summer camps for kids. Campers will have so many opportunities to learn while they spend time outdoors fishing and working with researchers.” 

Each camp will house 12 students for a field environment learning experience and will be divided up into 4 groups. During the five-day camps, a total of 72 children are exposed to hands-on, immersive learning activities in a coastal setting. Both the Sharkheads shark fest camp and Angular camp are available at $595. The center will also host a Art of Marine Science Virtual Camp sponsored by the Walter Anderson Museum at $125.

The Teacher Professional Development workshops will have 15 to 30 spots for each workshop. The center is located at the University’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs. To learn more about the Marine Education Center

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