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- Program Description -                                                                                                                  

Youth Ocean Explorers is a 4 week, hands-on marine science program for middle to high school-aged students interested in studying coastal, marine & environmental science, natural resource management, and conservation. The program involves a combination of short presentations and lectures daily from UVI faculty, staff, and community partners along with field activities utilizing scientific tools to supplement those presentations. Participants report to the UVI Center for Marine & Environmental Studies but can expect to travel with staff to other on-island locations for field work and activities. Snorkel gear and other instructional materials are provided for student use during the program. 

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- Eligibility Criteria / Important Information -   

  • The Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program is open to students in junior high to high school with an interest in marine biology / science (Grades 7-12). 
  • The maximum capacity of the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program is 20 students (Not including interns/mentors).
  • At this time, housing is not provided for this summer program. 
  • The Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program is currently only available on St. Thomas. Students from St. Croix and St. John are eligible to apply though we do not provide housing. 
  • The 2017 Program will begin on July 10th through to August 4th
  • There will be a mandatory orientation meeting (July 1st) for both parents and accepted students prior to the start date of the program.
  • Students should be in attendance daily (9AM - 4PM). 
  • There is a one-time program fee of $250 which covers all program materials and lunches. 
  • Applications should be submitted no later than June 1st
  • Complete the below application and submit all necessary documentation. All selected applicants will be notified by their provided E-mail address on the application form. 
  • Up to 6 scholarships are available! To be eligible for a scholarship, the student should be attending a local public school and submit the required video for the application.  


 - Program Materials -

Step 1: (REGISTRATION CLOSED): By clicking on this link, it will redirect you to the online application where you can register your child for the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program. The application does contain essay questions that the student should answer and a required video of the interested applicant explaining why they would like to participant in this program. The student's most recent report card is also required such that our program can track any in-class science improvements post program. All required materials can be uploaded during the completion of the application process.                 

Step 2: (REGISTRATION CLOSED): These documents are required for your child to participate in the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program. They detail specific language about assuming any known risks associated with any of the field activities covered during the program. The Consent Form provides details on the research study component of the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program which aims to better understand the effect of summer enrichment programs on youth learning.                                                                                                            

- Program Funding -

YOE Funding  
Our program relies mainly on donations from the community to operate. If you are interested in providing a donation or to sponsor a student to attend, contact us using any of the methods listed below. 

- Contact Us -        

Office Phone: St. Thomas (340) 693-1672
E-mail: St. Thomas (howard.forbes@live.uvi.edu)
Website: http://vimas.uvi.edu
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St. Thomas
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802