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Marine Education Center at the University of Southern Mississippi

101 Sweetbay Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
(228) 818-8095

The Marine Education Center at Gulf Coast Research Laboratory features a visitors center with interactive digital displays including NOAA's Science on a Sphere and an augmented reality sandbox where people can shape a mountain or a river bed, then make it rain or flood. Visitors can also build a volcano and see lava pour down. Take a self-guided nature trail tour, walk along a 208 feet long-almost 5 feet wide pedestrian suspension bridge made of galvanized steel or use the dock to launch kayaks.

Open Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm. Researchers and staff are on hand to answer any questions during normal hours.