Marine Education Program

tidal_flats_provincetown_elementary_1The 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.

A Beach Cleanup in honor of World Oceans Day kicks-off summer programs (check back soon for the details). Throughout the summer months, CCS will begin a full array of programming from seal walks, to tidal flat explorations, to naturalist led kayak trips to an exciting new program: Whale Camp for kids ages 8-12.

In July, CCS will host the 5th Annual Whale Week: A Celebration of the Sea July 27th-Aug 1st. A week-long schedule of events includes a home-made boat race, whale games, arts and crafts, Meet Delilah, and much more.

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. 103

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

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