Discovery Hall Programs

Discovery Hall Programs promote conservation through education, research, and outreach. By increasing public awareness and understanding of the ocean, people will respect and protect marine environments. Through hands-on activities in vibrant marine habitats, people can see the impact of science on their daily lives.

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The Back Story

Discovery Hall Programs, named for the early research vessel, "Discovery", began in 1975, opening the field of marine science to Alabama secondary school students through hands-on field and laboratory experience.  Since its initiation, Discovery Hall has expanded its marine education program to include K-12 students, teacher training/enhancement programs, and road scholar seminars. Easy access to beaches, coastal wetlands, Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico provides the Program with an ideal location for marine learning experiences.  

All Discovery Hall Programs are intended to increase understanding and appreciation for science and the marine environment by directly involving participants in that environment with dynamic, hands-on activities.  


More than 15,000 students a year participate in Discovery Hall Programs via academic year programs and summer camps. Our Marine Educators also offer professional development for educators on a variety of topics to broaden the scope of what is brought into the classroom.

MESC/ Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the Discovery Hall Programs provide equal educational opportunity to, and is open and accessible to, all qualified students, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex or disability with respect to all of its programs and activities. Students with disabilities will be provided reasonable accommodations.

Please contact our office to discuss accommodations and arrangements.  Confidentiality is maintained, unless authorization for release of information has been given in regards to disability. 

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