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Ecological Marine Adventures


Ecological Marine Adventures (EMA) is a Marine Education Center that specializes in hands-on, in the field education adventures for children.

We believe the world we live in is an incredible place full of adventure; and by educating the children of today, we are shaping our world for the future. Our Vision: At EMA, we inspire the future generations.

We strive every day to convey the passion and stewardship we feel for the environment and our world, to the youth of today through our dynamic at the beach educational programs. We show the fun and exciting side of marine science education in a way that kids can understand and enjoy.

Programs Offered:

Ecological Marine Adventures offer fun and exciting Classes, Programs, and Adventures for children and families year round. Here at EMA we believe that hands-on learning is the best kind of learning! Our programs ignite children’s natural curiosity in the world around them while providing them with the knowledge and tools to preserve, protect, and enjoy our environment for the future!

Beach Adventure Walks (1 Hour) We will explore the tidal pools, collect sharks teeth, sift through the sand, use seine nets and bucket scopes, collect specimens and learn about the importance of water, and how animals thrive & survive in the ocean world!

Night Time Ghost Crab Monitoring (1 Hour) Along with our guide families will explore the beach at night searching for fun and exciting creatures that come out after dark. Families will learn about the unique and interesting life of ghost crabs. You and your kids will be key member of our EMA research team; helping us to collect and compile data about Ghost Crabs on Topsail Island. Together we will collect weather parameters, catch and release various sizes of crabs, identify them, measure them, we will also count and measure hole sizes.

Family Camp Fire Adventure (1 Hour) Families get the opportunity to spend an evening on the beach around our “campfire” listing to stories about the ocean, learning about the moon, stars, and the waves as we make memories and enjoy s'mores on the beach!

Kids Marine Science Classes (3 hours a day 3 days a week for 3 weeks (M/W/F) (T/T/S)) These classes are a fun and exciting part of kids summer adventures. Kids get to explorer the outdoors and learn about our amazing ocean world through hands-on activities, experiments, specimen collection, and adventures! These classes are designed to ignite a child's natural curiosity in the world around them and foster a love for learning and exploration!

  • Seashore Discovery
  • Ocean Explorers
  • Science of Behavior
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Photography

Marine Exploration Classes (5 Hours) Here at EMA we believe that hands-on learning is the best kind of learning! These classes ignite children’s natural curiosity in the world around them while providing them with the knowledge and tools to preserve, protect, and enjoy our environment for the future! Kids get to spend a fun filled day learning and exploring the marine world around them. Kids will collect specimens, conduct experiments, use various sampling equipment, and discovery why the creatures around us are so amazing and how they thrive and survive in our dynamic ocean environment.

  • Vertebrate Exploration
  • Invertebrate Exploration
  • Shark Exploration
  • Cephalopod Exploration
  • ROV Exploration
  • Kayak Salt Marsh Exploration

Free Community Marine Science Classes (1 Hour) Kids will learn about our amazing ocean world through fun hands-on activities. Kids will collect specimens with seine nets in the surf, discover local marine specimen in our touch tanks and get a closer look at why they are so amazing with microscopes along with other other fun and exciting activities!

Kids Surf Lessons (Little Buddy’s Surf School) Learning to surf is one of the best adventures a kid could ask for. The excitement and joy a kid feels when they catch a wave for the first time is an irreplaceable feeling. We provide kids with the opportunity to get a feel for the ocean, and to experience the thrill of riding waves for the first time. No matter your skill level, you will learn board handling, positioning, paddling, methods on getting to your feet, ocean knowledge, and water safety in a fun and exciting environment where safety in our #1 priority.

912 South Anderson Blvd, Topsail Beach, 28443
Distance from Jacksonville: 29.38 miles

Phone:(704)5783505
Email:ematopsail@gmail.com
Website:www.ematopsail.webs.com

Ecological Marine Adventures (EMA) is a Marine Education Center that specializes in hands-on, in the field education adventures for children. We offer Kids Marine Science Classes, Beach Adventures, Ghost Crab Hunts, and our own AQUARIUM / Research Lab!

 

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