The Marine Ecological Centre (MEC)

The MEC in Ostend can justly call itself a pioneer in the field of guided sea classes at the Belgian coast. Even before its official creation, schools organized sea classes with nature guides taking care of the beach walks. We are now still offering multi-day sea classes, which include accommodation and the supervision of indoor and outdoor activities. In addition, we also organize harbour walks and excursions to the beach, dunes, the Zwin nature reserve and Maritime Flanders (the so-called “Westhoek”). 

Furthermore, the MEC is co-founder and driving force behind the fully operational bird sanctuary. In addition to ECO lodging and earth preservation, coastwatch has been part of our programme since the very start of the MEC. 

Practical information

Free admission


Langestraat 99 8400 Ostend

Opening hours

Daily from 1.30 pm to 5 pm (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) Groups and schools: daily – booking in advance required

Reservations & bookings

For more information or bookings, please contact the Maritime Ecological Centre by telephone on 059 43 07 02 or by sending an e-mail to

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