SEA Semester, the leading off-campus Environmental Studies program focused on the ocean, offers summer programs, both on shore in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, MA, and at sea, for rising high school sophomore, juniors and seniors.
Whether participating in our shore program, SEAScape, or going to sea with SEA Expedition, you’ll learn about ocean science and the environment, forge lasting friendships, and grow as a person and as a scholar.
SEASCape: Sea Science on Cape Cod
This shore-based program at SEA Headquarters offers motivated high school students the opportunity to study the marine environment from a variety of perspectives – scientific, historical, literary, and nautical.
Participants live and study at our campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Academic programming is scheduled throughout each day, including on most weekend days. Coursework includes lectures, discussions, laboratory activities, and field trips; all introducing students to the study of oceanography, the history of humanity's relationship with the oceans, and modern maritime issues.
Teamwork, leadership, and sense of community are the underlying values of SEA’s academic curriculum. Participants not only grow as students, but as global citizens and individuals.
SEA EXPEDITION: Marine Science at Sea
SEA Expedition is a field-based program in which students participate in every aspect of a offshore sailing and oceanographic voyage. SEA Expedition takes place aboard the SSV Cor with Cramer, SEAs Atlantic sailing vessel. No sailing experience is required!
Guided by professional scientists and crew, students gain hands-on experience, conduct marine science and policy research, operate a tall ship, and develop lifelong leadership and teamwork skills.
Students stand watch as active crew members and are involved in all scientific and sailing operations on board. As busy as things are, there’s always time to make new friends, keep a journal, climb aloft to enjoy the view, and be inspired by the ocean environment!
Our scientific voyages focus on one or both of two protected offshore marine environments near Cape Cod, MA – Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument. Both are important habitats for rare and endangered species – whales, turtles, and seabirds – along with countless other marine organisms. For more information life board, including academics, field research, sail training and seamanship, and health and safety, visit our website.
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I am turning 17 soon, and I did SEASCape this past summer (2017), and it absolutely transformed my life. With the most amazing teachers (shout out Dan the man and Maia), down to earth RA's, and such a great close group of friends, I truly thrived. I learned more in 3 weeks about Marine Ecosystems, the world, and myself than I thought I ever would. And, of course, being in Woods Hole, neighboring WHOI, The MBL, NOAA, and so many more major research groups, and being on the Cape with access to beaches, marshes, and the ocean; it was truly the perfect ingredients for the most transformative 3 weeks! I really can never thank SEA, Dan and Maia, my friends, and everyone else we met for everything I learned. Thank you so so so much, I will never forget everything I learned, and I am now headed in the direction of pursuing a career in Marine Sciences!