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Your NMEA membership opens the door for you to network with like-minded professionals all over the world, working to advance marine science education. In addition, you can enjoy these benefits:

  • Opportunity to apply for scholarships to attend the annual conference
  • Subscription to Current: The Journal of Marine Education
  • Access to the "Members Only" section of our website
  • Discounts at aquariums and science centers around the country (see below)
  • Opportunity to be nominated for member awards
  • Develop leadership skills by serving on the Board of Directors
  • Opportunity to join over 15 working committees within NMEA
  • Connect with a wide variety of experts in the field through private networking on our website

Just show your current NMEA membership card to receive these discounts. Policies and limitations vary, so please contact the facilities directly if you have questions.

View our corporate, government, and nonprofit organization benefits here > 


East & Gulf Coasts West Coast & Pacific

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Manteo, North Carolina
10% off admission

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina
10% off admission

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Kure Beach, North Carolina
10% off admission

Jenettes Pier
Nags Head, North Carolina
10% off admission

Project Oceanology
Groton, Connecticut
Free admission, once per year

Audubon Nature Institute Gift Stores
New Orleans, Louisiana
15% discount in gift shop

Mystic Aquarium
Mystic, Connecticut
$4 off adult/senior and $3 off child admission for up to two adults and two children per visit

Lucky Catch Cruises
Portland, Maine
15% discount in gift shop

Seacoast Science Center
Rye, New Hampshire
Half-price admission

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies-Center for Marine Education and Research
Gulfport, Mississippi
Half-price admission and 10% discount in the gift shop through 2014

Under the Sea
Sterling, Virginia
15% off school presentations

New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Buy one, get one free admission (similar to ½ price)

Brandywine Zoo
Wilmington, Delaware
Free child admission with paid adult admission

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
La Jolla, California
Half-price admission

Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
Las Vegas, Nevada
$3 off per ticket

Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Santa Monica, California
Free admission

Aquarium of the Bay
San Francisco, California
Half-price admission for up to six general admission tickets for adults or children. The discount does not apply to theater tickets, behind the scenes tour tickets, or combination tickets.

Community Education Program
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at Moku o Lo’e (Coconut Island)

SOEST University of Hawai’I, Manoa,Kane’ohe, Hawaii
Half-price admission for HIMB Community Education Program Walking Tour fees. Walking tours must be booked in advance, tours can fill one or two months ahead.

Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center
Newport, Oregon
Free admission for one visitor

Lawrence Hall of Science
Berkeley, California
Free admission for 2 individuals/year
$1 off all other admissions
10% discount in store

San Francisco, California
Half-price admission

Seattle Aquarium
Seattle, Washington
Free admission through 2017

If you represent an education facility, marine-related organization or business that is not already an NMEA partner, we invite you to contact us to discuss participating in our NMEA Member Benefits program. We would be honored to have you join us.

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