Explore underwater ecosystems and marine life at the NSLC on Marine Biology.

Are you fascinated by marine ecosystems? Do you want to work with marine life? At the NSLC on Marine Biology, you will learn about the relations between humans and our marine ecosystems and take an active role in developing solutions to the issues facing marine biologists today.

While at the NSLC you will visit labs and national parks as you meet with and learn from professionals and researchers in a variety of fields including marine mammals, marine biotechnology, aquaculture, environmental biology and toxicology. You and your peers will learn about the fields that come together to make marine biology and take a deep dive into the career path open to you!

Program Highlights

Marine conservation action plan
You and your team will research an issue that is impacting marine ecosystems and create an action plan to develop and implement a sustainable solution.

Hands-on workshops
Experience marine biology during hands-on workshops such as sea life dissections, plankton analysis, and a water filtration design project.

Meet researchers and professionals
Meet various professors, researchers and leading professionals in the field. Learn about their day to day lives and the reasons they chose this exciting career!

Hands-On Simulations

During your program, you and your peers will work on a marine conservation project and take part in a marine issues debate series. Through these projects, you will analyze the relations between humans and marine ecosystems and present solutions for a more sustainable future.

Workshops include:

  • Sea life dissections
  • Coastal Cleanup
  • Coral analysis
  • Natural selection lab

Exclusive Guest Speakers

While at the NSLC’s summer high school marine biology program, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the marine biology community.

In past years, guest speakers have included:

Dr. Jone Corrales
Research Assistant Professor, Southeast Environmental Research Center

Dr. Rosanna Milligan
Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University, Lead of Seascape Ecology Lab

Dr. Danielle McDonald
Associate Professor of Marine Biology and Ecology, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Dr. Andrew Carter
Research Director, Miami Waterkeeper

Dr. Andrew Hoffman
Dean of Veterinary Medicine, PennVet

Mr. Sean Schmidt
Sustainability Specialist, University of Washington

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC summer high school marine biology program is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of marine biology.

These trips may include:

University of San Diego

Whale Watching Tour | Beach Clean Up | USD Lab Tours | Walter Munk Foundation Organization Labs and Tour / La Jolla Cove | Balboa Park | Seaport Village |

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the Marine Biology program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication

College Credit Option

American University (AU) and NSLC have a unique partnership that enables you to earn college credit by enrolling in a supplemental online course designed to correlate with your NSLC program’s area of study. By enrolling in this credit course, you will enjoy a stimulating, innovative, and personalized college-level learning experience that builds on your NSLC accomplishments. The course is for one credit and is taught in a self-paced, asynchronous format across six weeks, allowing ample time to complete assignments. The course is designed to work within the framework of NSLC; students are not expected to complete coursework while on campus. Students may register for college credit via their personal student portal (myNSLC) once they have enrolled in an NSLC session.

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Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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San Diego$3,595