Discovery Hall Programs

Hurricane Sally Recovery Update: (September 21, 2020) 

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s facilities were significantly impacted by Hurricane Sally. Most impacted were the main research building, graduate student housing, and the area around the aquarium. Parts of campus, including two of the four education buildings on the south side of campus, show less damage than these other areas. However, before field trips, camps, and public programs can resume, all areas of campus and resources need to be checked and verified as safe and habitable. This process, as well as repairs, has already begun.

We appreciate so many of you contacting us with your concern and support and ask that you bear with us as we determine a time table for hosting groups on campus again. We will let you know as soon as we have more information and a time for reopening.

Discovery Hall Programs promote conservation through education, research, and outreach. By increasing public awareness and understanding of the ocean, people will respect and protect marine environments. Through hands-on activities in vibrant marine habitats, people can see the impact of science on their daily lives.

The Back Story

Discovery Hall Programs, named for the early research vessel, "Discovery", began in 1975, opening the field of marine science to Alabama secondary school students through hands-on field and laboratory experience.  Since its initiation, Discovery Hall has expanded its marine education program to include K-12 students, teacher training/enhancement programs, and road scholar seminars. Easy access to beaches, coastal wetlands, Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico provides the Program with an ideal location for marine learning experiences.  

All Discovery Hall Programs are intended to increase understanding and appreciation for science and the marine environment by directly involving participants in that environment with dynamic, hands-on activities.  


More than 15,000 students a year participate in Discovery Hall Programs via academic year programs and summer camps. Our Marine Educators also offer professional development for educators on a variety of topics to broaden the scope of what is brought into the classroom.

MESC/ Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the Discovery Hall Programs provide equal educational opportunity to, and is open and accessible to, all qualified students, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex or disability with respect to all of its programs and activities. Students with disabilities will be provided reasonable accommodations.

Please contact our office to discuss accommodations and arrangements.  Confidentiality is maintained, unless authorization for release of information has been given in regards to disability. 

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