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DolphinLab Teen Basic

Course Information

Teen Basic DolphinLab is a seven-day program that surveys a wide range of knowledge, theories and ongoing research concerning dolphins, the marine environment and related issues.  In this terrific introductory course, students meet DRC's resident dolphin population, learning to respect each dolphin as an individual through observation of their unique behavioral and physical characteristics.  In Teen Basic DolphinLab, ages 15-17 learn from the best teachers of all - the dolphins themselves!

The course includes a unique blend of seminars, observation time, and hands-on activities and proves that learning can be fun! Class sizes average twelve to fourteen students to ensure individualized instruction.

Seminars Include:

  • Acoustics, Conservation
  • Coral Reef Ecology
  • Dolphin Intelligence
  • Dolphin Physiology
  • Husbandry
  • Marine Mammal Law
  • Marine Mammal Strandings
  • Maternity
  • Research at DRC
  • Training

Hands-On Activities Include:

  • One Dolphin Splash session
  • Two Dolphin Encounter sessions
  • One signal session from the dock.

Additional Activities Include:

  • Field Trip
  • Medical Demonstration
  • Observation Time
  • Research Workshop
  • Signal Workshop
  • Training Demonstration
  • Training Workshop


The cost of Teen Basic DolphinLab is $1600.00 (US). Tuition includes all seminars, activities, meals, lodging, a field trip and photographs of your dolphin interactions throughout the week. The cost of Teen Basic DolphinLab also includes transportation to and from the Key West Airport at pre-established times that you will be provided after you are a confirmed student.  Teen Basic DolphinLab tuition also includes the cost of our chaperone, a DRC staff member who resides at the dorm and supervises evening activities.


Although there are no prerequisites for attending Basic DolphinLab, applicants should have a strong desire to experience and learn about dolphins and the marine world. Teen Basic DolphinLab is available to individuals aged 15-17.


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Our Mission - Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment we share with the well being of DRC's animals taking precedence.
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