Darling Marine Center
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573

207-563-3119 (fax)

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Interested in marine science?
From summer day camps to college accredited semester programs, there are many great opportunities to get wet and salty and hooked on marine science! Here are few to get you started.

Programs marked with a * have connections to the DMC/UMaine. Links to other programs do not represent DMC endorsements. Be sure to screen each program to be sure it serves your interests and meets your needs.

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For Tweens & Teens

Tanglewood 4-H Summer Camp in Lincolnville, ME, offers a variety of day-camps, overnight camps and leadership programs for kids ages 8-17. All focus on enjoying the great outdoors and the natural history of Maine.

Acadia Institute of Oceanography offers week-long summer camp programs for budding marine scientists ages 10-19 in Seal Harbor, Maine.

Sustainable Ocean Studies (SOS), sponsored by Waynflete School, is a month-long summer program focused on promoting ocean health and sustainability. The program is open to rising 11th and 12th graders and recent high school graduates. Several days of this exciting program will be held on site at the Darling Marine Center.

Careers in marine science. One of the most comprehensive portals to the field of marine science in marinecareers.net. Whether you're interested in marine biology, oceanography or ocean engineering, marine policy or law, aquaculture or education, marinecareers.net offers professional profiles of people with these careers. It also offers information on academic institutions granting marine degrees and links to internships and jobs nations wide.

Academics. CollegeBoard.com offers a wide range of information for high school students looking to further their education. Pick a major and learn more about college preparatory courses, colleges and universities offer degrees in that subject and possible career paths. Here's what CollegeBoard.com has to offer for students interested in marine biology.

Of course, we're partial the the University of Maine's School of Marine Science!
The School of Marine Sciences offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Rising high school seniors are encouraged to a learn more about what UMaine has to offer marine science enthusiasts. Dive In* to Marine Sciencesis a three-day immersion program designed to give college bound students a taste of one of the most popular scientific majors. Dive In participants will spend their days in residence at the DMC exploring the marine realm on foot, by kayak and aboard the R/V Ira C., and be exposed to marine biology, oceanography, scientific diving, remote ocean sensing, aquaculture, and more. Parents are invited to join us on the last afternoon for seminars on career options and UMaine’s academic program in marine science. A final BBQ provides opportunities for students and parents to meet and mingle with UMaine marine science faculty and staff.

Semester by the Sea* (SBS) is total immersion in the marine realm for undergraduate juniors and seniors. Students spend a fall semester in residence at the DMC taking hands-on, field-oriented courses that prepare them for careers or advanced degrees in marine science. You can expect to work hard, learn a lot about marine science, and have fun. SBS is open to students from UMaine and other academic institutions.

SEAmester* is the original 10 week college semester at sea. Fully accredited by the University of Maine, you can earn 12 university credits all while sailing over 3,000 nautical miles as part of the crew aboard a traditional wooden schooner. The courses are fully integrated into the voyage and focus on the diverse environments, both cultural and natural, we will visit along the way.