Summer Science Program

The North Carolina Maritime Museum, in partnership with the North Carolina Coastal Reserve/National Estuarine Research Reserve, plans to give students an opportunity to learn about the natural and maritime history of coastal North Carolina through creative, hands-on experiences.

For over 50 years, the Summer Science Program has taught children the wonders of the maritime environment, offering students the opportunity to learn about the natural and maritime history of coastal North Carolina during the school break. These courses are offered from June through August.

Registration is required. Call 252-504-7758 or email for information or to register.

Courses offered for the 2021 Summer Science Program

PLEASE NOTE: Schedule is tentative, pending lifting of COVID-19 restrictions by the governor’s office. Sessions may be changed or canceled with little notice. Full refunds will be issued if classes are canceled.

Entering Preschool

Preschool Storytime and Crafts

July 7, Aug. 11 • 9–10 a.m.

Includes a story, estuarine critter observation and a related craft. Advance registration is required. Free.

Entering Grades 1 and 2


July 29–30 (FILLED), Aug. 19–20 • 9 a.m.–noon

Pirate food, clothes, and treasure! Ten young pirates and their fearless captain will work together to learn how pirates like Blackbeard lived, dressed, ate and worked. The pirate crew will work together to set the rules of the ship, learn some battle skills with their wooden weapons and, at the end, go on a pirate-worthy hunt through the Museum to locate hidden treasure. Advance registration is required. Fee: $65.

Seashore Life 1

Aug. 2–3 • 9 a.m.–noon

Investigate coastal marine life of the tidal flats, salt marshes and sounds on local islands during this two-day class. The field-based classes include ferry ride, barrier island hiking and animal identification. Fee: $60.

Entering Grade 3

Fish & Fishing

July 15–16 • 9 a.m.–noon

This course is an introduction to coastal fish and fishing methods. Cane poles, bait, and tackle are provided for dock fishing for this two-day class. Students also use nets to catch and identify marine life in near-shore waters. Fee: $75.

Entering Grade 4

*SESSION FILLED* Boats & Models (Sportfishing Boat)

July 27–29 • 9 a.m.–noon

Build a model of a sportfishing boat at the museum’s Watercraft Center. Use museum exhibits and field trips to learn about boats used for offshore charter fishing and some of the fish targeted by fishermen aboard these uniquely designed vessels. Fee: $95.

Entering Grades 5 & 6


Aug. 4–6 • 9 a.m.–noon

Investigate estuarine habitats, plants, and animals through field and lab studies. This three-day course includes a field trip to the Rachel Carson National Estuarine Research Reserve, water quality testing, using microscopes for plankton identification, and many more activities. Fee: $60.

Entering Grades 7-10

*SESSION FILLED* Maritime Adventures

July 19–23 • 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Staff of the N.C. Maritime Museum and the Rachel Carson Reserve pair up for this unique camp that uses history and science to teach about the maritime environment and culture of the Crystal Coast. Topics covered include sea monsters, plankton, cetaceans, pirates, and more! Students will participate in field trips to local sites such as Beaufort’s Old Burying Ground and the Rachel Carson Reserve. Activities include creature dissections and chocolate chip excavations. Fee: $100.