Marine Education Program

The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) has been providing award winning marine education programs since 1976, to promote stewardship, raise awareness and increase understanding of marine and coastal environments through educational programs.

CCS education adheres to the seven principles of ocean literacy:

1. the Earth has one big ocean;
2. the ocean shapes the Earth;
3. the ocean is a major influence on weather and climate;
4. the ocean makes Earth livable;
5. the ocean supports a diversity of life and ecosystems;
6. the ocean is connected to us and we are connected to it;
7. the ocean is largely unexplored.

CCS marine education offers a schedule of programs designed for a broad spectrum of audiences and ages, including students and the general public. Programs incorporate cutting edge research of CCS scientists, as well as an introduction to the natural history of coastal and marine environments of Cape Cod.

CCS’s SEA SPACE: Marine Discovery Center will be in a new location this year.  Check back in spring for details.   Join us every week for our programs, Marine Discovery Hour and, “Get to the Bottom of It”, a chance for kids ages 5-12 to explore like marine biologists.

In July, CCS will host the 8th Annual Whale Week: A Celebration of the Sea July 29th-Aug 5th. A week-long schedule of events includes the famous home-made boat race, sponsored by Venture Athletics, Thursday August 2nd, whale games, the Amazing Race 4, and 5k Run the Trails for Whales.

CCS marine education seeks to develop partnerships with local schools to develop hands-on classroom activities and field visits. CCS welcomes visiting students, classes, teachers and entire schools. A visiting school may be interested in our new scientific and natural history exploration programs, as well as other unique field experiences. CCS will design an educational program using our scientific expertise. Please contact us for pricing information.

For more information, please contact:

Jesse S. Mechling
Marine Education Director
508-487-3623; ext. 114

The Marine Education program is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, CARE for the Cape and Islands and other private individuals and foundations.