Outreach and Public Education

Facility Tours

The UNH marine program's facilities are open for tours to community groups and schools. Both the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory often host groups such as middle and high school students, Scouts and UNH alumni. For more information and to arrange a tour please contact:

NH Sea Grant Outreach

Through the far-reaching efforts of the UNH Marine Docents and the marine education and extension specialists from New Hampshire Sea Grant (NHSG) and the UNH Cooperative Extension program, approximately 175 Marine Docents volunteer their time to be trained in and deliver marine education experiences to students and the general public through a number of programs. These programs not only serve to teach and inform the broader community about the value of marine resources, but they offer numerous opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to obtain teaching experience in marine education as well.

The Sea-Trek Programs include a variety of in-school offerings, ranging from whales to lobsters to coastal wildflowers and the Great Bay Estuary. Additionally, NHSG offers Scientist for a Day and Appledore Walking Tour cruises, as well as Family Boat Building.

Ocean Exploration

The School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering is proud to be a collaborating partner as UNH launches the Ocean Exploration Trust program. The Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) works at the intersection of education and ocean exploration to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields using the excitement of exploration and technological innovation.


SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from low-cost, easily accessible materials, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme.

Shoals Marine Laboratory

Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island in the Isles of Shoals offers many programs to the public, from day trips to visit Celia Thaxter's historic garden to weekend-long stays themed around science, fine dining, marine education, and art, depending on the selected program.