Active Learning

Topsail Island, North Carolina


SumMer 2017 Classes

Here at EMA we believe that hands-on learning is the best kind of learning! We offer classes for both kids and adults. Our summer program consists of a variety of shorter (1 day or 3 day) programs and are designed to be fun and encourage children to explore the outdoors. 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 $130

Our multi-day camps meet three times (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Each class will provide an in-depth exploration of our unique marine environment. Children will have the opportunity to explore the outdoors and learn about our ocean through experiments, specimen collection and other activities. 

Single Day Camps $45

Our single day camps are three hours long and are great for vacationing and local kids who want to explore our marine world. Children will have the opportunity to learn about a unique animal group from the marine world through experiments, specimen collection and other activities. 

ghost crab hunts $20

Our ghost crab hunt will get your kids off the couch and onto the beach hunt the mysterious critters that come out at night .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 $55-$80

Our surf and S,U.P. classes feature a mix of adventure and learning about our marine environment. Our surfing classes are designed for beginners and we now have sunrise and sunset S.U.P. classes that are fun for the entire family. 

E.M.A. Island Adventure



Jump on 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 we will be able to see! We will take the boat to our very own island and bring out the gear and get our science on! Here, you will be equipped with all types of equipment to catch, examine and learn about the local critters that call the Topsail Island Intracoastal Waterway home!


Available every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00am starting on July 13th. Minimum of 20 passengers.

fall '17 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 FALL program consists of a variety of long term (5 to 8 week) 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 week? No Problem! Feel free to join in on one of our classes. Please call 910-328-1951 to register your child for their fall adventure! 

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Home School Classes $140- $225

Our home school science classes meet once a week for three hours and are offered in 5 and 8 week sessions. 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 $105- $150

Our after school science programs meet once a week for two hours and are offered in 5 and 8 week sessions. 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. 


toddler science classes $105- $160

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! 



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 ocean life in our classroom through fun, hands-on activities. They will discover local marine species by seine netting in the surf and studying them in touch tanks to get a closer look at what makes each creature so amazing! 

Meets Tuesday on the beach at the Kinston St. Access from 1:00-2:00 pm. 




We offer classes in various length at a variety of price points including free community marine science classes, 3 day classes, 1 day classes and several different special classes.

What do you do if the weather is bad?

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?

Please arrive 5 minutes early as classes will begin promptly. Our address is 116 South Topsail Dr, Surf City, NC 28445. 


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

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!

What to Bring?

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

About us



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.


Savannah Shingleton

Savannah is our youngest team member here at EMA, but don't let that fool you, she is one of the best instructors around. She is a true beach bum, wanting to spend every minute of a nice day on a blanket at the beach. We don't think there is another person in the world more positive than Savannah and she is always excited to share her love for the beach with our students. 

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Sarah Taylor 

Sarah is a Director and Marine Biology expert for EMA. If it has to do with the ocean, she's heard about it in some way. Not only is she smart, but she is a ton of fun. You can always catch her out playing in the ocean along side our campers or running around while playing predator and prey. Sarah enjoys Paddleboarding, eating other people's food, and hanging out 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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