seas program

This one-day immersive marine science education experience for 6-12 grade students will introduce students to their local habitats while allowing them to conduct hands-on marine science data collection.

Accessibility: Students will need to be able to spend the day in the sun and heat while using sampling equipment on Horn Island.

Program includes:

  • A day aboard a historic Biloxi Schooner
  • Equipment and supplies
  • Lunch
  • MSU, NGI and MSAQ educators and staff


  •  Introduce participating students to fundamental concepts of marine and atmospheric science in the context of the Mississippi Sound coastal environments and ecosystems.
  • Demonstrate ongoing research being conducted in the Mississippi Sound by MSU and Mississippi Aquarium scientists.
  • Guide participating students in hands-on activities that demonstrate the collection of marine and atmospheric science data.
  • Introduce students to career paths in marine and atmospheric science.


  • 9:00 AM: Introductory Remarks from Scientists and Safety Briefing by Schooner Captain and Crew.
  • 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Sail to Horn Island and anchor. Conduct marine scientific data collection and demonstration modules on marine species, coastal weather and storms, water quality, seafloor sediment/benthic habitat.
  • 12:00 - 12:30 PM: Lunch on board the vessel
  • 12:30 – 2:30 PM: Shore excursion to Horn Island. Conduct marine scientific data collection and demonstration modules on barrier island geological processes and wetland ecosystems.
  • 2:30-4:00 PM: Return sail to pier complex. Demonstration modules on waves, currents, and future of Mississippi Sound coastal environments and ecosystems. Presentation of career pathways in marine science, technology, and engineering.
  •  4:30 PM: Wrap-up and concluding remarks.

*Itinerary is subject to change without notice.


9AM - 4:30PM


Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum Schooner Pier Complex
367 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39530



Per Student

Registration form

To register for MSU SEAS, please complete the form below.  Within 48 hours, you will receive an email with a link to process your payment and complete the registration forms and waivers. Your registration is not complete until payment is received and all required documents have been received. For questions regarding registration, please  email

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