July 21, 2011

UNCW Marine Quest Particpants Learn to Surf on Carolina Beach

Participants in the UNCW Marine Quest program spent the other day at the Hamlet Avenue beach access on Carolina Beach learning to surf. Instructors from Odysea Surf and Kiteboard School were on hand to show them the ropes and introduce them to the incredible world of surfing.

UNCW Marine Quest if part of the Division for Public Service and Continuing Studies at UNCW and their aim is to be one of the most unique marine and environmental education programs in the country.

For more than 30 years UNCW MarineQuest, in conjunction with the Center for Marine Science and the Watson School of Education, has provided exciting academic enrichment opportunities for young people interested in the marine environment.

MarineQuest’s mission is to offer programming that:
•provides young people with opportunities to explore, discover and value our marine habitats
•and encourages them to develop into environmentally responsible adults.

To achieve this they offer summer academic enrichment programs and school programs for all ages, from pre-school through pre-college. All of their lessons and activities are designed to make the learning process fun and engaging and many are based on the research of UNCW scientists.

Whether young people experience MarineQuest as summer campers exploring the ocean or as students on a field trip discovering a marsh, the outcome is the same: MarineQuest is more than just another day at the beach; MarineQuest is making waves in environmental education.

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