Since 1968 The Marine Science Consortium has educated and inspired thousands of children, youth, and adults about the marine and coastal ecosystems along the Mid-Atlantic Region through place-based, hands-on experiences.
The bays, marshes, beaches, maritime forests, and off-shore waters of Virginia's Eastern Shore are The Marine Science Consortium's classroom. Whether you are an individual interested in learning more about coastal and marine systems or seeking to pursue a career in marine sciences, The Marine Science Consortium offers a wonderful variety of opportunities to meet your educational and/or research goals.
In 1968, The Marine Science Consortium was founded by a consortium of three Pensylvania state colleges as “The Marine Science Consortium of Pennsylvania
State Colleges and Universities”
First located in Cape May, NJ, and then Lewes, DE, the Consortium expanded to 14 member colleges and universities. In Spring 1971, the Consortium became a Corporation, changed its name to “The Marine Science Consortium, Inc.” and, in 1971, moved to its permanent site in the area of Wallops Island, VA. The campus, located next door to NASA’s Goddard Flight Facility was named “Wallops Island Marine Science Center”.
For the next few decades the Marine Science Consortium quietly taught thousands of school age, college, and adult students the wonders of what lies beneath the waters of the bays, marshes, and ocean surrounding Chincoteague and Assateague islands as well as coastal land communities such as maritime forests and dunes. The membership has changed over the years and now consists of 13 member universities and colleges. Current members are:
East Stroudsburg University
Lock Haven University
Saint Francis University
Slippery Rock University
West Virginia University
The Marine Science Consortium maintains two campuses. The main campus is located at Wallops Island and is adjacent to NASA’s Goddard Flight Facility. This campus consists of several dormitories, laboratory buildings, cafeteria, and classroom buildings that were originally part of a Naval housing complex. Today many of these buildings are being removed to make way for a new campus of energy efficient buildings that will better support The Marine Science Consortiums future endeavors. The second campus, named the Marine Science Consortium Research Center, provides limited lab space and housing for small groups. This small field station and its surrounding 30 acres of salt marsh are located directly on Chincoteague Bay at Greenbackville, VA.