Oceanography Merit Badge

Scouts learn the basics of oceanography including the importance of studying marine environments. Scouts get hands-on experience doing lab activities and exploring the salt marsh. They also learn about different careers in marine science.


Minimum number of participants: 10
Maximum number of participants: 25
Program length: 4 hours

Oceanography Merit Badge Program Agenda

Oceanography Discussion

Basics of oceanography through a guided discussion and problem-solving activities.

Marine Careers

Overview of marine careers from Aquarium Staff. Staff discuss their educational backgrounds and experiences on the job.

Water Wonders

Lab activities include water testing, (pH and salinity), and microscopic studies of freshwater animals. Field activities include a guided tour of the Fort Fisher salt marsh where participants have the opportunity to explore plant communities and sample the waters for marsh inhabitants.

*Program start times can be adjusted to fit your group’s needs.
The Aquarium does not issue a badge for this program.

Please click here to review the Outdoor Exploration Guidelines to be prepared for you trip.

To schedule this program please contact the Special Activities Coordinator at 910-458-8257 x 206.