Special Programs


The Marine Exploration Center invites you to dive deep and get involved with a wide variety of special programs and unique opportunities to inspire and educate throughout the year. 


In addition to visiting our exhibit, one of our (or our partner) events, or even volunteering with us, you can explore further and join us in activating a community that is making great strides in protecting our fragile marine habitats. 



You be the scientist. Visit your local beach with our MEC water testing kit and test for pH and nitrates. Share your results live on our website and with friends via social media. 


Did you know 85% of all sea turtles will be injured or even killed by plastic? Help us reduce and bring an end to this tragedy in our local waters and help us promote our reusable and beautiful tote bags designed by local St. Petersburg artists. 


As scientists, learning is central to our daily life. As such, educational opportunities at the Marine Exploration Center are abundant and as vibrant as the marine life we support. We'll even bring the mysteries of the sea to you!