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Field Trip Questions and Answers
Why should I
bring my class to the Marine Science Center?
The Marine Science Center offers ten field trip
options which will provide your class with an exciting
educational adventure. Observing rehabilitating Sea Turtles and birds,
bird field trips, Exhibit Gallery, and
educational beach activities are a unique and fun way to educate all
ages about the fragile environment in Florida.
What is the
field trip fee at the Marine Science Center?
Fees are based on the program chosen.
Teachers are Free and Chaperons are $5.00 whichever program chosen.
should be made upon the arrival to the Marine Science Center. Please
make checks payable to: County of Volusia Marine Science Center.
All programs are Tax Exempt.
school field trips offered?
Field Trips are offered while school is in session; Tuesday
through Friday and may start as early as 9:00 am or as late as 11:00
am. Start and finish times can be modified if time is a problem because of
your school's distance to the Marine Science Center.
How do I
book a field trip to the Marine Science Center?
Call the Field Trip Coordinator, Michelle Webster at (386)
304-5529, to reserve a date for your field trip.
What do we
do about lunch?
Lunches are not provided by the Marine Science Center and
must be brought by individuals attending programs. Weather permitting,
lunch will be eaten under the beach pavilion at Lighthouse Point Park, on the back porch of the science center,
or in the park between the Marine Science Center and the Lighthouse.
if it rains?
Programs will be modified if inclement weather occurs. The
beach activities will be replaced with activities at the Marine
students can the Marine Science Center accommodate for such field
The program numbers vary
depending on which field trip is chosen. See the field trip
program option pages.
Where is the
Marine Science Center located?
The Marine Science Center is located at 100 Lighthouse
Drive in Ponce Inlet. Drive south on South Atlantic Avenue, until it
ends at the tollbooth for Lighthouse Point Park. Turn right at
Lighthouse Drive. The main entry for the Marine Science Center is
located on the right side of Lighthouse Drive.
Where do the
students get dropped off?
If arriving by bus, please stop the bus on the north
(right) side of Lighthouse Drive directly in front of the Marine
Science Center entrance sign. Students will be escorted up the main
sidewalk to the front entrance of the Marine Science Center. If
arriving by separate cars, please park in the main parking lot to the
right on Lighthouse Drive. Take the boardwalk to the Marine Science
Where do we
park the bus?
After safely dropping off the students, proceed west
(straight) down Lighthouse Drive to the stop sign; turn right, park at
the boat trailer parking on the right.
Most programs will finish walking the students out through our bird
sanctuary and we will escort you out of the back gate to where the
bus is parked.
When else is
the bus needed during the school field trips?
The bus must be available to take students to and from the
Marine Science Center and Lighthouse Point Park during the field trip
for beach activities. Upon arrival the driver will get specific
instructions on your program schedule.
Is there a
gift shop at the Marine Science Center?
There is a wonderful gift shop at the Marine Science Center
that features unique marine themed gifts and educational materials at
affordable prices. Everything from informative books to beautiful
jewelry can be purchased during a scheduled time for the gift shop.
Proceeds help pay for the operation of the facility and care for the
Please make sure you let the MSC know that you would like gift shop
time and make sure the children have their money with them when they
are dropped off. Sometimes children have their money in their lunch
box and these are left on the bus. Our gift shop only has one
register so we need to send small groups throughout your visit and
so we will include this as a center.
How should I
prepare my students for a day at the Marine Science Center?
If you choose an outside
- Make sure they are ready for
outside beach activities. They should dress appropriately; wear
sunscreen, and a hat. For some field trips close toed shoes
and bathing suits are necessary.
- Even though water fountains are
available, students should be encouraged to bring a portable water