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Program Description

Coral Reef Discovery Week is a fun and intense hands-on course for middle to high school-aged students seriously interested in studying coastal, marine & environmental science, natural resource management, and conservation, and in learning about careers in these topics. The week involves short presentations and lectures from UVI faculty, staff, and community partners, and will be focused on learning scientific techniques with tools in the field. 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 instructional materials are provided for the week. This is a FREE program. For pictures of past programs, visit: and visit our Facebook page.

Eligibility Criteria

Space is limited to 12 middle to high school-aged USVI students. Students must apply to the program to be considered for participation. Participants must be able to demonstrate that they can comfortably swim and snorkel. A certified lifeguard and swim instructor will be supervising during the course. This is not an overnight camp and students must provide their own transportation to and from the UVI Center for Marine & Environmental Studies.

Start and End Dates

This year's program will begin July 13th, 2015 and ends July 17th, 2015.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is June 1st.  Applications are no longer being accepted. Below lists all materials pertinent to the application. Please ensure that you fill out all materials. 


Should you have any questions regarding the application materials or the summer camp in general, do not hesitate to contact either:

  • Howard Forbes Jr., Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service Coordinator, (ph) 693-1672,

  • Dr. Marilyn Brandt, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Marine and Environmental Studies, (ph) 693-1376, (f) 693-1385,