Active Learning

Topsail Island, North Carolina


Spring '18 Classes

Here at EMA we believe that hands-on learning is the best kind of learning! We offer classes for kids ages 4-7 and ages 8-14. Our SPRING program consists of a variety of 8 week programs programs and are designed to supplement your child's education. We strive to ignite children's natural curiosity about the world around them while providing them with the knowledge and tools to preserve, protect, and enjoy our environment! Only here for a quick visit? No Problem! Feel free to join in on one of our classes.  

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Home School Classes - $225

Our home school science classes meet once a week for three hours during an 8 week semester.. These classes are designed to encourage friendships, fun and the development of a lifelong love of the ocean and science. Children will have the opportunity to learn about our world through hands-on activities and experiments.


After School Classes - $160

Our after school science programs meet once a week for two hours during an 8 week semester. These classes are a fun and exciting extension of the traditional school curriculum. Children will learn about our world through hands-on activities, experiments and adventures while exploring in our local beaches, marshes and our microscope lab. 



Our toddler science classes are designed to teach your toddler the basics of the ocean. We have developed a specific curriculum that will enable your child to learn about Vertebrates and Invertebrates and have them hold, touch, and use microscopes to study many different species of animals found around our beach!


EMA Spring Break Camp - $270

Spring Break is supposed to be fun...and that's exactly what this camp is! Our spring break camp is the only week long camp that EMA offers and we like to go big! During this week of camp, we will learn about poison vs venom, sea turtles, intracoastal waterway (while standup paddleboarding), scuba, ROVs, and last but not least the sharks of North Carolina! We will explore the beach, marsh and standup paddleboard!

Spring break camp '18


EMA is offering two, full day,  spring break camps this year!

(March 26th- March 30th and April 2nd- April 6th). 

Each camp will begin at 8:30 AM and last until 3:30 PM for seven whole hours of FUN (and learning.. but I bet they won't even know learning is happening!) Each day we will dive deep into a new and exciting topic! During this week, we will adventure to our beaches, pier, marsh and intracoastal waterway! 

Children will need to bring their own lunches, water, and snacks.

This camp is going to be full of adventure and will have your child learning about our incredible ocean in a way they have never done before!  

Ages 5 - 14+


DAy 1 : Poison Vs. Venom

Day 2 : Sea Turtles

Day 3 :  Intracoastal Waterway and Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Day 4 : SCUBA and ROVs

Day 5 : Sharks of North Carolina 


SumMer '18 Classes

Here at EMA, we believe that hands-on learning is the best kind of learning! We offer classes for both kids and really big kids (aka adults). Our summer program consists of a variety of multi-day or single-day camps with engaging (and fun) topics! Our camps are a blast and encourage children to explore the outdoors, go on adventures, and most importantly, to love and take care of the ocean. We strive to ignite children's natural curiosity about the world around them, while providing them with the knowledge and tools to preserve, protect, and enjoy our environment! 

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Multi Day Camps $135-$200

Our multi-day camps meet multiple days a week, hence the name. We meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for three hours of fun hands-on learning! Each class will dive into an adventure covering a topic of our unique marine environment. Campers will have the opportunity to explore the outdoors and learn about our amazing ocean through experiments, specimen collection, dissection, crafts, games and other awesome activities. 

Single Day Camps $45

Our single day camps are three hours of adventure! These camps are perfect for campers who are only visiting for a day, as well as campers who would like some more adventure in between their multi day camp days. From Sea Turtle 101 to SUP + Science camp, these classes ignite the adventure and wonder in campers- leading them to love what they are learning!

ghost crab hunts $20

The sun is down, but the beach is wide awake... with Ghost Crabs! Our ghost crab hunt will get your kids off the couch and onto the beach after dark to hunt the mysterious critters that come out to play .We will provide everything that you need for an action filled night that is guaranteed to bring some excitement into your vacation! 

surf and stand up paddle board classes $45-$80

Our Surf + S,U.P. classes are one of a kind! Classes will teach campers about the ocean, while exploring it from a SUP or Surf board! Class will start with ground school then we will set off on the water learning about exactly what we are exploring in. These classes are a mix of adventure and learning about our marine environment. We even have SUP classes open for the whole family! 

E.M.A. Island Adventure



Jump on the deck of The Belle of Topsail with Mr. Taylor for a breath-taking tour of Topsail Island!

Join us as we hop on the Belle of Topsail and set sail on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway! With Mr. Taylor as your very own guide, you are sure to learn tons about the history of the island, the swing bridge, why we even have an Intracoastal waterway, the local flora and flauna and, of course, the amazing creatures that call the ICW home! We will take a boat ride to an island, bring out the gear and get our science on! You will be equipped with all the information, skills and gear to catch, examine and learn about the local critters that call the Topsail Island Intracoastal Waterway home!

Adults : $30

Kids under 16 yrs: $35


Available every Thursday at 10:00am. Minimum of 20 passengers.

school trips and parties


Field trips

Our field trips provide students, near and far, to experience Topsail Island through hands-on experiences! 


In-class visits 

We know that it can be hard to leave the classroom to go to the beach, so we do the next best thing- We bring the beach to your classroom! 

We visit your classroom with our specimen and equipment in hand! 


Birthday parties

Birthday parties should be fun.. and educational! Our birthday parties will have your kids (and their friends) laughing, adventuring and making memories that will last a lifetime!  


FREE Community class

Ecological Marine Adventures offers FREE weekly community science classes to the local and vacationing families of Topsail Island. This class gives families the opportunity to learn about our marine environment and about our work here at Ecological Marine Adventures. 

Students will learn about our amazing world, especially ocean life, in our classroom through fun, hands-on activities. Our classes will vary from topic week-by-week including short experiments, outdoor activities and continuous hands-on activities! 

No registration required, just show up ready to learn!

WE Meet Tuesday at:

116 S. Topsail drive in surf city

from 1:00- 2:00 pm. 

Follow us on our social media pages for updates and cancellations of the Community Class! 



We offer fun classes, really fun classes, super fun classes, and extremely adventurous classes. We offer these classes in various lengths (1 hour - 3 hours) at a variety of price points, including free community marine science classes, 3 day classes, 1 day classes and several different special classes,                                                                  like birthday parties, field trips and family trips!

What do you do if the weather is bad?

"Rain, rain go away" doesn't always work As long as there is not severe weather (huricane, lightning, etc) we will hold class. We have numerous engaging and exciting activities planned should we need to be in the lab for an extended amount of time. 

When should i Drop my Child off?

We only need you to sign a waiver upon arrival if you haven't been to EMA in the calendar year, so we don't require you to arrive more than 5 minutes early! Our address is 116 South Topsail Dr, Surf City, NC 28445. 

Just a friendly reminder that the Surf City bridge does go up at the top of every hour! 

I need to contact EMA staff while my child is out exploring; what should I do?

We always have a phone with us while adventuring!

Call or text 910-515-9751


What to Wear?


Students should come to class each day dressed in a bathing suit and a t-shirt or cover up with sunscreen already applied. Students should wear CLOSED TOED shoes such as crocs, keens, sturdy water shoes or old sneakers. As a safety precaution, PLEASE NO FLIP FLOPS, unless you pack a pair of closed toed shoes in your bag! If your camper(s) like to wear sunglasses, hats, etc.                                                            while on the beach, please bring them with you! 

What to Bring?

  • A towel
  • Reef Safe Sunscreen (SPF that is appropriate for your child)
  • A bottle (or two) of water or a sports drink (Powerade, Gatorade)
  • A snack (granola bar, string cheese, fruit, etc.)
  • Closed-Toed shoes


Meet the crew



Taylor Maready

Taylor is the owner and lead instructor of EMA. He has been in love with the ocean his whole life. When he isn't surfing, he is swimming, snorkeling, or just playing on the beach. To him, life revolves around the ocean. 

Amber "Ling" Maready

Ling is our EMA "mom". She is the epitome of fun. Sometimes we wonder where she gets her energy, but it never runs out. She is a "whale" of knowledge and can answer any question that you have about EMA. If she's not in the lab you can catch her on the beach doing yoga, playing in the sand with little Indy, or singing karaoke.  


Nicole Maready

Have you ever met that one person who is always happy? Well, Nicole is that person. She is the kindest person in the world, and maybe even outer space, although we haven't met everyone from outer space. Nicole handles all of our finances here at EMA and is an organization whiz. She also enjoys homeschooling, traveling, and kicking it at the beach.


If you see a small rodent-like creature running around EMA, don't be alarmed, it's just Bitsy. I guess you could say she's our mascot. Bitsy loves Paddleboarding, Kayaking, and running up and down the beach like a lunatic. She is a small dog with a big love for the ocean. 

Physical Address:

116 South Topsail Dr.
Surf City, NC, 28445


Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We will try to be back in touch with you within 24 hrs. You can also read our FAQ page to find answers to your questions. 

Phone: 910-328-1951 or 910-515-9751

Email: info@EcologicalMarineAdventures.com

Mailing Address: PO box 907 Hampstead, NC, 28443

Due to high call volume email is our preferred method of contact

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