After School Marine Biologists spend one afternoon a week immersed in a learning environment with the scientists, researchers and educators of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and Marine Education Center participating in hands-on learning experiences in the field…on land….over water, even in our state-of-the-art laboratories. This is NOT for couch potatoes. There will be hiking, kayaking, fishing, dissections, chemistry, oh my! Our staff created this program to expose participants to the day-to-day activities of real life marine biologists. Your children will learn from our marine educators, scientists, and researchers gaining new skills, processes and experiences that will last a lifetime. Once a week, participants embark on a field study excursion by hiking, boating, or participating in a lab activity. The adventure continues even in cold or inclement weather. Participants will have hands-on adventures for shark biology and cephalopod dissections for example in our state of the art laboratory facilities.