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Teen Intermediate DolphinLab


Course Information

Teen Intermediate DolphinLab builds on the knowledge and experience gained in Teen Basic DolphinLab, while still incorporating plenty of fun along with quality educational information. This program not only features the advanced study of dolphins, but also explores other marine mammals, including sea lions, manatees, river dolphins, and more. 

  • For teens ages 15-17, must complete Teen Basic DolphinLab first
  • Program begins Sunday afternoon, and ends the following Friday afternoon

  • Students work together on a group project, which includes acquiring and/or improving public speaking skills

  • Opportunities to pursue personal interests 

  • Opportunities to explore careers in the marine mammal field through interaction with Dolphin Research Center staff

  • Blend of hour-long informative, discussion-based seminars, different from the Teen Basic course 

  • Observation time of DRC's dolphins and sea lions 

  • Hands-on activities

  • Additional information and required waivers and forms are provided in the Welcome Packet emailed to each teen and parent  

Seminars May Include:

  • Public Speaking and Animal Interpretation
  • Baleen Whales & Whaling

  • Manatees

  • Marine Mammals in the Military

  • Marine Mammals in the Media

  • Pinnipeds

  • River Dolphins

Interactive Programs May Include:

  • One trainer-guided Play with the Dolphin session, from the floating dock
  • Two trainer-guided Dolphin Encounter in-water sessions 

  • One trainer-guided signal session from the floating dock

Additional Hands-On Activities May Include:

  • Observation time

  • Career shadowing

  • Informal interviews with training staff

  • A group project to gain and/or improve public speaking skills


Accommodations During the Week of DolphinLab:

Lodging is available onsite at the DRC Residence for up to five (5) teens.

  • Teens are supervised by our DolphinLab Chaperone when at the Residence 
  • All meals are provided each day of the program 

  • The DRC Residence is available on a first-come, first-served basis for the first five (5) teens who indicate on their application that they want to stay at the Residence.

DolphinLab participants who do not stay in the residence and their parents must secure their own accommodations at one of the many local hotels or resorts in Marathon.

  • Lunch and snacks are provided each day of the program, but all other meals are the responsibility of the teen and parent.

Dolphin Research Center partners with local hotels in an effort to offer participants discounted rates on accommodations. Partner hotels are not available in advance as the hotels that choose to participate vary from year to year. A list of participating hotels, details, rates, and booking instructions are provided in the Welcome Packet emailed to each participant once a Lab is confirmed to run. Dolphin Research Center does not handle bookings or payments for any of the participating establishments. 



Tuition for Teen Intermediate DolphinLab is $1,600.00 (US) without lodging and meals, or $2,050.00 (US) including lodging and all meals during the program. 

Tuition also includes:

  • All seminars, activities, and interactive programs 
  • Digital photographs of the teen’s dolphin interactions throughout the week 

Tuition does not include:

  • Transportation to and from any airport, or to and from DRC each day if the teen is not staying in the DRC Residence. 
  • It is the parent and teen’s responsibility to secure transportation.

Students must successfully complete Teen Basic DolphinLab before participating in Teen Intermediate

  • These labs are offered consecutively 
  • The teen may enroll in both Labs within the same summer; however, Dolphin Research Center reserves the right to determine whether the student continues on to Teen Intermediate DolphinLab based on his/her performance in Teen Basic DolphinLab.


Scholarship Opportunities:

We know there are many teens whose interest and passion to pursue a career with marine mammals exceeds their bank account. We are excited to announce that, through the generous donation of a DRC Member, the Kibby Memorial Scholarship-Teen Intermediate DolphinLab scholarships were created. We are thrilled to offer one scholarship to cover the $1,600.00 tuition (tuition without lodging and meals), and one scholarship to cover the $2,050.00 tuition (including onsite lodging and meals). Please visit the Teen DolphinLab Scholarship Opportunities page to learn more and download the application, which is available when DolphinLab enrollment opens within the month of January each year.


2024 Teen Intermediate DolphinLab Schedule:

July 21 - 26, 2024

*The schedule above includes all Labs offered in 2024.



Enrollment for the 2024 Teen Intermediate DolphinLab is OPEN. Please complete and submit the online application to begin enrollment. 

Please note:

  • There is a $200.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit to secure your space in Teen Intermediate DolphinLab. This payment will be applied to your final balance. 

  • Once the application is submitted, you will receive an email from within 72 hours/3 days containing the link to complete payment of the deposit. Please check your Spam/Junk mail boxes in the event the email is rerouted. 

  • An outstanding deposit will result in the removal of your teen's application. 

  • You must successfully complete Teen Basic DolphinLab before participating in Teen Intermediate DolphinLab.

  • We require a minimum of eight (8) teens enroll before confirming the Lab to run. You will receive a confirmation email once we reach minimum enrollment.


Questions? Please email so the Education team can help!  

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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