Secondary School Programs

The Marine Biological Laboratory is launching a new educational offering tailored for secondary education students. The program expands on the successful model used in MBL’s world-renowned advanced training courses for pre- and postdoctoral trainees. These courses provide intensive, hands-on, discovery-based modules taught by MBL’s community of resident faculty, technical experts, and Whitman Center scientists.

Program Opportunities

  • Flexible and scalable: Adaptable to curriculum needs and academic calendar
  • Authentic and unique: Leading scientists engage students and expand their knowledge and hands-on experience
  • Interdisciplinary (STEAM) curriculum: Incorporates topical scientific problems and breakthrough research
  • Opportunities for teachers: Partnership opportunities for program and professional development

Course Flexibility and Evolution

  • Flexibility in pre- and post-course preparation, research, and activities
  • Didactic and Active course experiences
  • Hands-on research experiences based on interest

Portfolio of Modules

  • Variety of continuously updated topics
  • Immersion with school modules and teachers
  • Single or multiple module combinations
  • MBL provides personnel and infrastructure for hands-on immersive, knowledge-expansive experiences

Tuition Cost

$2,500 per student

Tuition cost includes:

  • Housing accommodations
  • Meals
  • Lab supplies and equipment
  • Intensive, hands-on lab and classroom instruction

MBL Open House for Teachers and Administrators

Teachers and administrators interested in visiting the MBL in Woods Hole, MA and learning more about this new program are invited to attend an Open House on October 26-27. Click here to register for the Open House. MBL will cover meal costs during the Open House.

Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Friday, October 26

  • 1:30 pm Arrival and registration check-in
  • 2:00 pm Welcome and introductions
  • 2:30 pm Gemma collection trip (weather permitting)
  • 4:00 pm History of the MBL and science in Woods Hole
  • 5:00 pm Meet and greet reception with researchers from the MBL community
  • 6:00 pm Dinner


Saturday, October 27

  • 8:00 am Breakfast
  • 9:00 am Guided tour of the Marine Resources Center, Cephalopod Husbandry and Culturing Operations, Central Microscopy Facility, MBL/WHOI Library and rare books collection, the National Xenopus Center.
  • 11:00 am Course activity demonstrations
  • 12:00 pm Closing lunch


Limited housing is available on the MBL campus and can be reserved during the registration process online. Here is a list of MBL housing rates. If you prefer to stay in a local hotel, the following hotels offer a 10% “science discount” when you mention the MBL.

Additional hotels in the area:

Points of Contact

Alison Crawford, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Marine Biological Laboratory

Peter Wilson, Deputy Dean of Admissions and Chief of Staff, The University of Chicago