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Coastal Watershed Institute
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565

Phone: 239-590-7526

Mike Parsons


Marine Field Station



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Marine Science Summer Camp
for rising 6th-8th graders

Campers will spend five days in the classroom, laboratory, and field learning about one of the most diverse and productive ecosystems in the world!

Led by our qualified, cheerful, and friendly staff of FGCU graduate students, campers will track hurricanes, restore mangroves, and join the next generation of scientists!


 Outdoor Excursions
 Environmental Education

Daily boat outings and beach trips are a mainstay of this program, allowing the campers to immerse themselves in nature while conducting fieldwork.

Biology, chemistry, geology, and ecology are just a few facets of marine science that we will explore with the goal of inspiring a passion for the environment and its conservation.

Summer Camp Registration

Registration for Session A open through June 1st; Registration for Session B open through June 29th

Session Info

A completed Release Packet (.pdf 45.2KB) is required to participate. Please download and

return via email to prior to first day of camp session.


What to Bring to Camp?


  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Water shoes


Vester Marine & Environmenal Science Research Field Station

Located between the Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico, the field station sits on Little Hickory Island in Bonita Springs, Florida; just 14 miles from the main campus. It provides access to various sub-tropical habitats such as oyster reefs, mangroves and seagrasses in Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico through Wiggins Pass to the south or New Pass to the north.

 5164 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, Florida 34134

Vester Field Station

Latitude/ Longitude:  26°19’50”N/ 81°50’15”W

Vester Marine & Environmental Science Reserach Field Station webpage