The area's system of barrier islands, sounds, and estuaries is rich in flora and fauna, and diverse habitats, including rivers, creeks, mud flats, sand beaches, dunes, marshes, peat bogs, cypress swamps, bird islands, and coastal forests, making the area an excellent haven for those interested in the pursuit of marine science. Visit our webcam to see a live view looking from Pivers Island, over Taylor's Creek to the Beaufort Waterfront.


Prospective Students

The Marine Lab provides tours to prospective students who intend to enroll at the Duke Marine Lab for a summer or semester. If you are a high school or college-aged student and would like to schedule a tour, please complete our Tour Request Survey and a staff member will connect with you to schedule via email. Prospective Tours are generally available Monday – Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. We will be moving to a group tour schedule in the near future to help us consolidate our request for tours. We are a small staff and appreciate advanced notification of at least one week prior to the anticipated date of your visit.  


We do not provide tours to the visiting public. We have a small staff and unfortunately are unable to accommodate all the requests we receive for public tours. Pivers Island is open to the public during business hours Monday through Friday and visitors are free come onto campus to see our facility and browse the island. We are happy to send you a map and you could pick up a brochure if you are curious to know what we do here on Pivers Island.

Hours of Operation

The Duke Marine Lab administrative offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Most facilities at the Duke Marine Lab are open 7 days per week, 24 hours per day, including the auditorium, library and teaching labs. The Marguerite Kent Repass Ocean Conservancy Center is open daily from 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.

All events and meetings are scheduled and booked through the Duke Marine Lab Campus Services.