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Teen Marine Science Institute
We are excited to announce that this year’s Teen Marine Science Institute (TMSI) will be available as either an in-person experience at Adventure Aquarium or a virtual experience from your living room! In-person programs will be offered one Saturday each month. Virtual Institute programs will also be offered monthly, on a different Saturday from the in-person program. The June Teen Marine Science Institute will be offered in-person only.

Are you looking for a way for your high school student to gain practical experience in Marine Science? The Teen Marine Science Institute not only gives students hands-on experiences, advanced marine science content and opportunities to discover biology related careers, but will set them apart from their peers when applying for college.     
Teens will have opportunities to: 

  • Gain animal handling experience:
    • Work with our education animal collection.  Take measurements, weights, and learn exhibit maintenance and recordkeeping.  
  • Explore behind-the-scenes areas
    • Participate in animal feedings.
    • Use technology and professional lab instruments.
  • Conduct research experiments
    • How does artemia react to light?  Does dissolved oxygen affect underwater animals?  Build a better fish by experimenting with tail shapes. 
  • Build professional relationships
    • Visit and network with marine biologists and other scientists at the aquarium. 
    • Explore marine science careers.  
  • Develop public speaking skills
    • Review and discuss current events
  • Develop field work and laboratory practices
    • Keep lab notebooks and participate in dissections
    • Use quadrats, refractometers, seines, and other professional scientific equipment.

The Teen Marine Science Institute meets one Saturday of each month from September to June.

Current Teen Institute Sessions and Availability

Registration Policy

Due to the changing nature of the Covid-19 response, the Center thanks you for your understanding and flexibility as we try to provide you with a safe, fun, experience.  To ensure this, the following policies will be in place for the In-Person Teen Marine Institute:

  • No deposit is due to register your teen.
  • The balance for each class must be paid in full 2 weeks prior to the program. You will not be required to pay for all classes prior to the first class.
  • We reserve the right to cancel unpaid reservations within 2 weeks of the program date.
  • If you need to reschedule, please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the program 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. Stay tuned to the website for any changes.
  • Due to current guidelines, transportation to filed site locations, will not be provided. If changes occur, we will update you.

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 class is due at time of registration.
  • The balance for each class must be paid in full 2 weeks prior to the program.
  • We reserve the right to cancel unpaid reservations within 2 weeks of the program date.
  • If you need to reschedule, please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the program date. Cancellation made prior to 2 weeks in advance will receive a refund minus the non-refundable 50% deposit.

For questions, please email teeninstitute@aquaticsciences.org.

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

Live TMSI Registration

Virtual TMSI Registration

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