Summer Maritime Academies


Welcome to summer maritime academies, 2018!


Join us this summer for GulfQuest's Summer Maritime Academies! All rising 1st-6th graders are eligible! Academy activities related to each theme will be taught in the museum's classrooms. The curriculum for each Academy has strong STEM components, mixed in with art, music, and fun! During Academies cadets will also visit and experience GulfQuest exhibits related to the Academy's theme each day, and hear from special guest speakers. Our Academies are led by GulfQuest Educators in a safe and secure learning environment. A snack will be provided daily; campers will need to bring a lunch.

Ship's Log (Important info)

  • Weekly Academies run Monday-Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Rising 1st-6th graders are eligible.
  • Parent/guardian signs cadet in/out each day in GulfQuest lobby
  • Drop-off/pick-up details included in registration confirmation
  • Cadets bring own lunch; GulfQuest will provide a snack
  • Registration remains open until Academy is filled

Academy Choices:

June 25-29

  • "Rising Tides, Racing Fins: Movement & Motion on the Gulf of Mexico" (cadets will be divided into grade levels for age appropriate activities)
    •  Forget your fidget spinners, because GulfQuest has better ways to keep your mind in motion! During this week of Academy your hands will be busy while you experiment with propulsion and ship design. With other cadets you will explore wind and water currents, and become marine biologist observing how marine life moves through the water column. Step up to the challenge of navigiating our local waters using nautical charts and GPS. Design your verfy own exhibit to be displayed at GulfQuest. This Academy is perfect for the kid who loves action and variety!


July 9-13

  • "Signals, Sounds, & Stars: Communicating Above & Below the Waves" (cadets will be divided into grade levels for age appropriate activities)
    • Anyone can send a text message, so leave your phones behind! During this exciting Academy GulfQuest cadets will learn some of the unique and quirky ways humans and animals communicate on the Gulf of Mexico! Who needs Snapchat and Instagram when you can send secret messages using Morse code, nautical flags, and echolocation? Cadets will also meet and interview a biologist studying whale sounds in Alaska... through SKYPE! By the end of the week cadets will build and design their very own exhibt to be displayed at GulfQuest. This Academy is perfect for the kid who loves adventure and a challenge! 

July 16-20

  • "Scientists, Sailors, & Citizens: People Living & Working on the Gulf of Mexico" (cadets will be divided by grade level for age appropriate activities)
    • Calling all kids! Are you looking for adventure and fun this summer? This Academy at GulfQuest is perfect for you! As a cadet, you will meet a local scientist for a once in a lifetime learning experience in our exhibits! You will also take an amazing journey with experienced educators at GulfQuest who will introduce you to the exciting world of boat captains, bar pilots, fishermen, conservationist, and cartographers! Throughout the week you will work with a team of other cadets on your very own engineering project: building your own exhibit to be displayed at GulfQuest! Join us for these and other fun summer activities and projects! 

Academy Prices
$150.00/$130.00 for each additional child
$190.00/$170.00 for each additional child

Boarding Pass (Registration Information)

  • Maximum class size: 15
  • Minimum class size: 8 (If class registration does not meet minimum, class will be cancelled and you will be notified one week in advance.)
  • Register by phone: 251-436-8901 (If by phone, please have the following information ready):
    • Cadet name, age, current grade
    • Parent/guardian name
    • Address, phone number, email address
    • GulfQuest Membership number (if applicable)
    • Academy dates
    • Payment (full payment due at time of registration)
  • Register by email: download and complete the registration form (below) and return by email to
  • Register in person: download and complete the registration form (below) and bring to Visitor Services at GulfQuest. No postal mail, please.
  • Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation along with other important Academy details.
  • Cancellation policy: For a full refund, you must give one week's notice.
  • If you have specific questions about the Academies, email or call Amy Raley, Education Manager.

Summer Registration Form


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