At LUMCON, students become scientists. Through field and laboratory activities, students develop lasting impressions about making a positive impact on their environment and community. Overnight or day trips are designed to meet the needs of preK-12 school classes, school organizations, home schools, and scouting organizations.

Contact our Associate Director of Education and Outreach to apply for or book any of the following opportunities.


Summer is right around the corner! This coming summer LUMCON is offering LEAD and FMS camp at the Marine Center in Cocodrie.  We will also be offering two, soon to be announced, camps at our Houma Maritime Campus.  Find more information and application documents below.  Application materials for the 2024 camps ARE HERE!

LUMCON offers on-site residential summer camps for grade 8-12 students:

  • LUMCON’s Estuarine Awareness and Discovery (LEAD) Camp is a week-long residential camp designed to give high school science-minded students a chance to explore Louisiana’s coastal environments as scientists. Possible activities include a research cruise, a barrier island trip, paddling, dissection, microscope work, beach and marsh surveys, and more. CLICK HERE for the camp one-pager.   Download the 2024 LEAD Camp Application or use this online application. Cost/student: $400 (cost includes lodging, meals, and camp activities)
  • Field Marine Science (FMS) Camp is an opportunity for high school students to gain practical and real-world experience in conducting field research in the coastal marshes of south Louisiana. Students design, complete, and present the results from team research projects.  CLICK HERE for the camp one-pager.  Download the 2024 FMS Camp Application or use this online application. Cost/student: $400 (cost includes lodging, meals, and camp activities)
  • **NEW** Marine Technology and Engineering Camp, July 24-26 are designed to inspire students by introducing them to the technology and methods used to help answer research questions that are behind current scientific knowledge about our marine and coastal ecosystems. Camp activities will allow students to explore emerging methods and imagine the next generation of technology that expands our understanding of these vital ecosystems. The Marine Technology Camps will be offered at the Blue Works facility on the Houma Maritime Campus from 9AM -5 PM daily.  CLICK HERE for the camp one-pager. Contact education@lumcon.edu for application instructions.  Cost/student $50 (cost includes lunch each day and all camp activities)
  • Coastal Art and Science Camp challenges participants, engaging both their analytical and creative talents to learn about a locally relevant and nationally-important subject matter: Louisiana’s coast. Camp activities introduce art and science as allied subjects by asking students to explore coastal environments first as scientists and then as artists. Not currently being offered.


Field trips to LUMCON are for students in grades preK – 12 and are fully customizable and tailored to fit your needs. Field trips can take place from September to May and can last anywhere from 4 hours to several days. Activities could include microscope work, specimen comparison, a nature walk, paddling, an R/V Acadiana trip, and others by request. Click here to learn more about a field trip to LUMCON and click here for information on LUMCON fees and policies.


LUMCON is building a library of free downloadable and printable activities for students to complete at home.  Click this link to see what we currently have to offer.  More activities are being made available daily.


Want to become an official LUMCON White Boot Explorer? Soon we will launch a new training program so you can become a White Boot Explorer. Registration page and training courses coming soon.


Bayouside Classroom asks students to collect scientific data, either at LUMCON or from another location in the state, to learn about estuaries and watersheds. Students then enter their data into an online database accessible all year long so they can see how water quality changes with the seasons. Click here to access the Bayouside Classroom website. Contact our Associate Director of Education and Outreach about participation in this program.


LUMCON is here to support anyone interested in marine and coastal science.  That includes offering suggestions and support for student organizations, faculty, or teachers that want to start a Marine Science Club in their communities, at school, or on campus.  By clicking this link to our Marine Science Club page you will be redirected to our page that has suggested activities for existing clubs, as well as, things to consider if you decide to start a club.  These are only suggestions.  It is important to make your club your own.  Just remember we are here to help!