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.

The K-12 Field Classes at DISL are available through Discovery Hall with a variety of field trips, labs, and lectures designed especially for students of those ages. These programs are available September through May and are by reservation only.

Each program consists of a half-day field/lecture or a half-day lab/lecture experience. Programs may be incorporated into short day trips, or into 1 to 4-day field trips for groups staying overnight. Due to the availability of classroom space, the maximum number of participants allowed per activity is 35, unless otherwise stated.  

Reservations must be confirmed one month before arrival. Additional information on programs, nearby educational attractions, preparing your students for their trip, etc., available upon request by contacting Scheduling Coordinator Jennifer Latour at or by phone at (251) 861-2141 x7511. See our Academic Year Field Trip FAQs for more help planning your trip and download forms.