Teen Marine Science Institute


Calling all high school students!
 Do you love animals? Do you dream of a career in science? Did you try our High School Shadow Program and find yourself wanting more? Then the Teen Marine Science Institute (TMSI) is just what you’re looking for! 
Join your peers one Saturday each month from September to June in our TMSI series. Each workshop will feature a different science topic. Throughout the year, you will study various ecosystems in-depth as well as the animal communities they serve. You will gain hands-on experience caring for animals, collecting data for citizen science projects, and addressing some of the world’s greatest environmental issues of our time. 
Students will have opportunities to: 

  • Gain animal handling experience 
  • Explore a variety of marine and environmental science careers 
  • Meet professional scientists 
  • Develop field work and laboratory skills 
  • Participate in dissections 
  • Visit behind-the-scenes area of the aquarium 
  • Kayak on the Delaware River back channel 
  • Seine at the beach in Corson’s Inlet State Park 

Can’t make it in-person? Don’t worry, we also offer a virtual mini-series! Using ZOOM as our video conference platform, we will be able to go behind-the-scenes, meet animals, and talk to professional scientists. See below for dates and times. 

Current Teen Institute Sessions and Availability

Registration Policy 

  • A 25% non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration. Reservations made without submitting payment will not be valid and may be forfeit.  
  • The balance for each TMSI workshop must be paid in full 3 weeks prior to the program. 
  • We reserve the right to cancel reservations not paid in full within 3 weeks of the workshop date. 
  • If you need to reschedule, please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the workshop date. Cancellation made prior to 2 weeks in advance will receive a refund minus the non-refundable 25% deposit. 
  • No refunds will be issued for any cancellation request made within 2 weeks of the workshop start date. 

Continued Observance of Health and Safety for In-Person Programs 

  • All in-person programs will follow strict health, sanitation, and safety protocols outlined by national, state, and local guidelines. 
  • In-person programs have participation limits as per state and local guidelines.  
  • Due to animal safety, exhibit maintenance, and animal health, the Center reserves the right to provide alternative behind-the-scenes access. 
  • Students must complete a waiver prior to attending each program.  
  • Participants must wear closed toes shoes for behind-the-scenes access. 

For questions, please email teeninstitute@aquaticsciences.org.

To register,click the "Live TMSI Registration" button below

Current Virtual Teen Institute Sessions and Availability

Registration Policy 

  • A 50% non-refundable deposit per virtual workshop is due at the time of registration. Reservations made without submitting payment will not be valid and may be forfeit.  
  • The balance for each virtual workshop must be paid in full 3 weeks prior to the program. 
  • We reserve the right to cancel reservations not paid in full within 3 weeks of the workshop date. 
  • If you need to reschedule, please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the workshop date. Cancellation made prior to 2 weeks in advance will receive a refund minus the non-refundable 50% deposit. 
  • No refunds will be issued for any cancellation request made within 2 weeks of the workshop start date. 

For questions, please email teeninstitute@aquaticsciences.org.

To register,click the appropriate registration button below

Live TMSI Registration

Virtual TMSI Registration

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