Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation (DISLF) supports the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in its mission, “to provide wise stewardship of the marine environment through education and research”. The foundation provides funds to sustain the activities of the Sea Lab and promotes awareness of the Sea Lab and its environmental issues. The Foundation is also continuing to build the George C. Crozier Endowment as well as the DISLF Endowment for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

The Foundation, established in 2004, is overseen by a governing board, which currently has 29 members. An advisory board to the governing board was established in 2011 and consists of 28 non-voting members. Executive Director, Helene Hassell, has served as director since 2010. The Foundation raises funds and promotes the Sea Lab through various means.

Jenny Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship honors Jenny Cook, long time Discovery Hall Programs educator at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. 

Jenny was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama graduating from the University of South Alabama with a degree in secondary education and a Masters in Biology.  For more than 30 years, Jenny was active in teaching, developing new programs, and mentoring generations of K-12 students and teachers through Discovery Hall Programs.  She was known throughout the marine science education community as a generous, skilled and passionate educator and was renowned for her southern drawl and sayings. 

This scholarship fund will support a student’s full tuition to Discovery Hall’s month-long residential class in marine science for high school students, annually.

Click here to donate to Jenny's Scholarship Fund.

Friends of the Sea Lab

The Friends of the Sea Lab basic level memberships only cost:

$50 for individual, $30 for students and $100 for families, for this you will receive:

  • Free Estuarium admission for one full year
  • 15% discount in the Gift Shop
  • Subscription to Skimmer, the electronic newsletter of the Estuarium and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
  • Membership card and decal
  • Invitations to DISL special events

Friends of the Sea Lab Online Form

Download Friends of the Sea Lab Form

You might also want to consider giving gift memberships to Friends for your family and friends.  We will send them a letter acknowledging you along with their new decal and membership card letting them know you were thinking of them.

Gain more benefits with supporting levels such as:

Seahorse • $250

  • "Friend of the Sea Lab" benefits for family
  • 4 guest passes, good for one-time entry

Skate • $500

  • "Friend of the Sea Lab" benefits for family
  • 10 guest passes, good for one-time entry

Starfish • $1000

  • "Friend of the Sea Lab" benefits for family
  • Recognition in DISL Foundation Media

School of Fish • $2500+

  • Starfish Benefits and Recognition on the Donor Wall
  • Tickets to Special Events

All memberships last one year from the date of purchase.

Cocktails with the Critters

The primary fundraising event for DISLF is “Cocktails with the Critters” (CWC) which is held each year the first Thursday in May. It is an exciting band party with a wildly successful silent auction. Income for CWC is realized through sponsorships, ticket sales, and the silent auction. The event has grown in popularity over the years. 

The 2021 Cocktails with the Critters is set for May 6.

Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation hosts the Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon each year as a way to recognize the environmental stewardship of individuals and organizations in our community. The luncheon event, sponsored by Regions Bank the last four years, also features a keynote speaker. Award-winning bioluminescence scientist Dr. Edie Widder will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 event.

Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Excellence Award- Recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region.

2019: Jimbo Meador
2018: Ben Raines
2017: Don Bates
2016: Sam St. John
2015: Andrew Saunders
2014: Ann Bedsole
2013: Skipper Tonsmeire
2012: Russell Ladd, III

Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Leadership Award‐ Recognizes an organization whose efforts have resulted in the improvement of marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region. 

2019: Thompson Engineering Eco Group
2018: Leave Only Footprints -Initiative of City of Orange Beach and City of Gulf Shores
2017: Share the Beach
2016: Alabama Coastal Foundation
2015: John Borom Alabama Coastal Birdfest
2014: Mobile Big Game Fishing Club
2013: Dog River Clearwater Revival
2012: South Mobile County ExxonMobil

Contact DISL Foundation

Helene Hassell 
Executive Director
(251) 605-6624

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