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Dauphin Island Sea Lab

The Discovery Hall Programs offers a course in marine science to high school students. The length of the course is four weeks, during which time the students live on campus and participate in over 150 hours of supervised academic activities. Classes are taught in an academic setting and are designed to give the student a better understanding and appreciation of the various fields in marine science.  The Alabama State Department of Education approves the Discovery Hall Summer Programs and recommends that local systems grant participating students credit toward either an Advanced or Standard High School Diploma.

 Students participating in this course spend much of their time in the field exploring and examining different marine communities.  A few of the field activities include the exploration of a salt marsh community, beach profiling, reef fishing and trawling aboard the Sea Lab's 65 foot research vessel, the A. E. Verrill.  Students will observe and work with such gear as a shrimp trawl, bottom dredges, plankton nets, seine nets, water sampling bottles, refractometers and water quality test kits.  Other activities include set-up and maintenance of a marine aquarium, collection and identification of marine species from various habitats, lab and field dissections, an individual research project and a panel discussion with professionals in marine science. 

Special field trips include an overnight snorkeling trip to St. Andrews State Park in Panama City, Florida.  Being a highly academic course, students participate in lectures, individual and group assignments, laboratory investigations, field projects, oral presentations and written and practical examinations.

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  • Street: 101 Bienville Blvd
  • City: Dauphin Island
  • State: AL
  • Postcode: 36528
  • Country: United States


  • Telephone: (251) 861-7515
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