Summer Community Science Fellowship

Grab your water shoes and reef-friendly sunscreen! This hands-on marine biology course focuses on coastal field survey methods and tools, coastal habitats, and local research studies. 

Summer on the shore!

Are you a high school sophomore, junior or senior? Come get your feet wet and hands dirty learning new skills, collecting data, and experiencing what it’s like to work in the field! 

As a Community Science Fellow, you will:

  • actively engage in ongoing community science projects

  • meet scientists working on local and regional investigations, such as seine netting,  snorkeling, and beach profiling

  • gain a greater understanding of the field of Marine Biology through inquiry and investigation

  • practice field data collection and different survey methods

  • discover how humans impact the ocean

  • learn about challenges facing our climate and discover how you can contribute to a sustainable and healthy ocean

  • engage in research, improve scientific skills and practices, and foster your special interests 

  • be part of a community of high school students interested in Marine Science

  • gain insight that will help you pursue a career in the marine sciences

Summer 2023 Details

*some meeting days and times may vary

You must have a 2 Star or Family Membership valid through the program to take advantage of the member rate.

Program Schedule

June 21: Beach profiling (surveying for coastal erosion) and beach clean up

June 29 (Thursday): Shoals Marine Laboratory trip

July 12: Invasive species survey

July 26: Snorkeling, seine netting, and eel grass surveys

August 9: UNH Coastal Laboratory

August 23: Kayaking, water quality testing, and plankton monitoring

Financial Aid

It is our goal to ensure this program is available to all. If you are in need of financial assistance, please reach out to Sean at to inquire about our Coastal Education Fund.

How to Apply

Students must submit an application and letter of interest to be considered for participation in the program. 

Please be advised that space is limited to 15 students.


If you have any questions or would like additional information, please email Sean McKenna at

Registration Confirmation

After you apply, you will receive an email confirmation regarding your application submission. Once your application has been accepted, you will receive instructions on how to register and pay for the program.

Program participant holding a baby lobster found in a tide pool.

CLOSED today.

Seacoast Science Center is closed today due to inclement weather.