marine science field tripsWhat other teachers say about MarineLab programs...

Many of our teachers and schools return year after year! We recognize schools that have been coming for ten years or more with a certificate and a photo on our cafeteria wall. We're almost running out of room on that wall! You can see our longest-attending schools here. We ask every group to complete an evaluation when they are done with their program, and below are some comments from the past three years' evaluations. This is only a small sampling, we can't fit all the nice things that people say about us on one page!



The whole program is great. The instructors are so knowledgeable and are friendly and effective teachers. Everything is very well organized and structured to run smoothly and efficiently. Laura Kitsleman, Loudoun Country Day School, VA.

I am so impressed with the enthusiasm and integrity of the staff. They really "sell" the program because their passion for marine ecology and conservation is clearly evident. Debra Adkins, Capital Day School, KY.

This is a great experience for our students. They learn so many different things that we do not have and cannot show them in the Panhandle of Florida. Instructors are well trained, knowledgeable, and interesting. When asked what my favorite part was I could not decide because all programs are implemented so well. Molly O'Connor, Washington HS, FL.

Staff was knowledgeable, friendly, courteous, on-time, and overall great! We learned a LOT about the local ecosystems and the ties between the powerpoints, labs, and field excursions were relevant and connected. Kim Fike & David Bair, The Bosque School, AZ.

Staff was encouraging, knowledgeable, but realistic. Attention to safety was great! Very pleased with program! Linda Berthelsen, Barron Collier HS, FL

The entire process is amazing! I love the organization that allows us to feel like we are the only people at MarineLab. Tina Manganello, Buckeye Valley HS, OH.

I did want to express that I have had students come back to me or contact me from years ago. One of the first things that is said is "I will NEVER forget that awesome trip to Key Largo thank you so much." You all truly touch the lives of many. By educating others you cause students to see the importance of being good stewards of our environment. George Crump, retired, W.T. Woodson HS, VA.

It’s one thing to learn about marine life in school, it’s another to actually see it. Snorkeling in crystal clear water with thousands of fish and beautiful coral has made me eager to help protect these incredible habitats so that people generations from now can enjoy them just as I did. Every discussion, lab, and field trip our group did was informative and fun. Student from Lake Braddock HS, VA.

Our seventh grade students look forward to this experience all year, and for some, many years. From the time we arrive and depart, we are led by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. Safety is a number one priority of our parents and the MarineLab meets all of these concerns. The accommodations and meals are excellent. Snorkeling in the coral reefs, seagrasses and mangroves with their classmates gives the students the ability to explore and learn the eco-system in a way that could not be experienced on a leisure family vacation. The evening activities and discussions enhance the student's knowledge of marine science as well as give our teachers an understanding of what their students learned during the school year. I highly recommend this once in a lifetime experience from a parent's perspective and as a chaperone. Sandy Downing, St Luke's Episcopal School, AL

We have been sending our sixth grade class to Marine Lab for many years and have always had an amazing time. The instructors are extremely knowledgable, prepared, friendly, patient, and work very well with our students. The facility, boats and snorkel equipment are top-rate and our students are constantly reminded about safety procedures. Marine Lab is by far the most looked forward to field trip for our students. We will continue to visit every year!  - Dan Bassett, St Mark's Episcopal School, FL

Our group had such a wonderful time this year. It was exceptional. We truly appreciate the enthusiasm of the staff. The curriculum was well executed by the staff. Diane McAllister, IN

Students can't stop talking about the trip. They had their eyes opened, learned much, and had fun doing all!! Thanks!!! Brent Reed, Hamilton HS, NJ

(My favorite thing was) the ability of your staff to have our students engaged from the moment we arrive to the time we leave. I am always amazed at how good they are with the students. Tyson McCormick, Academic Magnet HS, SC