Housing: Dormitory beds are available on the Island. The rooms are furnished and linens are available. All housing is dorm style with common bath (separated by gender).
Meals: The Marine Lab Dining Hall serves three meals a day, seven days a week. The cost for this is included in the dormitory package shown above. À la carte pricing is also available. Boxed meals are available for taking into the field. Three meals per day are provided and can be scheduled based on arrival and departure time. We can provide bag lunches for field trips away from the Lab for boat trips or to local attractions. Meal times are 8 - 9 a.m. (Breakfast), Noon - 1 p.m. (Lunch) and 5 - 6 p.m. (Dinner). There can be some flexibility in meal schedules to allow for earlier starts to the day.
Orientation: Students participate in a one day orientation in which students learn about lab safety, campus policies and co-curricular opportunities. Also, students verify course schedule, buy books, go on a canoe orientation, and attend a library orientation and then some fun to wrap up the long day: volleyball! (content/activities subject to change)
Life at the Marine Lab: The Marine Laboratory is situated on Pivers Island within the Outer Banks of North Carolina, only 150 yards across the channel from the historic town of Beaufort. A bridge connects the island with US Highway 70, making the laboratory readily accessible by automobile. Other transportation to the laboratory consists of bus service to Morehead City, about 2 miles distant from Beaufort, and airline service to regional airports (New Bern, Kinston, and Jacksonville). The area's system of barrier islands, sounds, and estuaries is rich in flora and fauna, and diverse habitats, including rivers, creeks, mud flats, unspoiled sand beaches, dunes, marshes, peat bogs, cypress swamps, bird islands, and coastal forests, making the area an excellent haven for both nature lovers and those interested in the pursuit of marine science. The laboratory is within range of both the temperate and tropical species of biota. The edge of the Gulf Stream oscillates between 30 and 40 miles offshore, with reefs on the wide continental shelf. A great variety of phytoplankton, seaweeds, seagrasses, and marshgrasses may be found in the area. Common animals include the blue crab, squid, shrimps, snails, clams, ctenophores, jellyfish, hydroids, sponges, polychaetes, sea urchins, starfish, brittle stars, sand dollars, skimmers, terns, gulls, herons, sea turtles, dolphins, and many species of fish. All provide ample opportunity for study and research and are readily accessible on foot, by car, or by boat.