Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation


Mailing Address:

PO Box 82151

Mobile, AL  36689


Office Located at 4513 Old Shell Road Suite 2





Cocktails with the Critters 





Signature Sponsor


Ingalls Shipbuilding 


Event Sponsor



Auburn University Foundation

University of Alabama System




Cunningham DeLaney Construction LLC

Lisa and Travis Goodloe

Greer's Markets 

Lexus of Mobile 




Clark Personnel

Angus R Cooper III

Cowles, Murphy, Glover and Associates 

Cunningham Bounds, LLC

Dr. John and Charlene Dindo

Hand Arendall Harrison Sale

Master Boat Builders, Inc.


Mobile Big Game Fishing

Riley and Tammy Smith

Thompson Cat

UJ Chevrolet

WB Shedd & Co LLC

Xante Corporation




Anders, Boyett, Brady & Smith PC

Beard Equipment Company

Bluewater Yacht Sales

CenterState Bank

Feather Your Nest

Drs. Ed and Laura Greer

Greer Enterprises, LLC

Hargrove Engineers

McKinney Petroleum Equipment

Mobile Ship Chandlery, Inc

Pischek Industries Inc.

Rayford & Associates

Rebound Disinfection

Sophiella Gallery

Stillman College

Taco Mama




The DISLF is seeking sponsors for Cocktails with the Critters.  For sponsorship  information for Cocktails with the Critters please click on the CWC Sponsorship Tab at the top of the page.


To sponsor now Click here to access the online form.






If you would like to contribute to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Annual fund:


Click Here >>> Feed the Fish



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Click here to make an online donation now or click the donate tab for more options to donate. 


When you shop on Amazon Smile did you know that Amazon will  donate .05% of your purchase to DISL Foundation.  It does not cost you anything except taking the extra step to log into Amazon Smile.  Thank you for taking the time to support the Sea Lab.


Purchase Cocktails with Critters Tickets

To purchase tickets to Cocktails with the Critters please click HERE 

Join us Thursday May 6, 2021 6:00 - 9:00pm for an exciting evening overlooking the Mobile River Delta

featuring delicious hor d'oeuvres from our Gulf, beer, wine and Live entertainment! Our Silent Auction will

be Virtual this year from April 28 - May 5, 2021. Please go to admit.cause4auction.com/cocktailswiththecritters2021

to sign up and become a Bidder


Become a Cocktails with the Critters 2021 Sponsor

Mark your calendar for May 6, 2021 for the sixteenth annual Cocktails with the Critter.  The current plan is to hold a safe in person event at the Bluegill Restaurant.  If it becomes clear that we cannot meet in person safely then we will hold a lively virtual auction from June 30 - May 7, 2021.  We at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab greatly appreciates all of our supporters!!  To become a sponsor please click Here



Honor Roll of Donors 2019-2020

 Honor Roll

Building Spaces for a Brighter Future

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation Capital Campaign

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab provides spaces necessary to meet today's demand for wide range of teaching environments.  To meet this demand, an outdoor classroom is critical to achieve the educational mission of the Sea Lab.


An outdoor classroom and a larger, deeper pool complex at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will enable both the Discovery Hall and University Programs ability to provide modern, experiential marine skill training for students of all ages.


Click the Capital Campaign tab above to learn more!

Saving America's Amazon

A longtime environmental reporter, Ben Raines has won more than two dozen awards for his coverage of environmental issues and natural wonders in Alabama and on the Gulf Coast and coauthored several peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals. Raines—filmmaker, aquatic explorer, and discoverer of the wreck of the Clotilda, the last ship to bring enslaved Africans to the U.S.—wrote and produced the documentary America’s Amazon, which has aired on PBS stations around the country. He wrote and directed The Underwater Forest, an award-winning film about the exploration of a seventy thousand-year-old cypress forest found off the Alabama coast. Ben Raines is a licensed charter captain who leads adventure tours in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and to Alabama’s barrier islands.

Saving America’s Amazon will be available in December 2020 through your favorite local or online retailer.

Support Education


"The course style influenced me in the college that I eventually attended. I am very thankful for the Marine Science Course and the Sea Lab.  It was my first step into a field of study which I still find very interesting."


Autumn, Marine Science Course for High School Students.

Support Research


"The diversity of these experiences and being exposed to different lab techniques and a variety of field work has really helped me as a young scientist."


Ph.D. Student Jesse Gwinn

Support Campus


"I wanted to come to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab because of the researchers and the resources", Rodriguez explained.  "It's a close environment with easy access to faculty and everyone is excited to help you."


Masters Graduate, Alex Rodriguez

Why Donate


A young child's trip to the Estuarium, the DISL's Aquarium, sparks the imagination.  Time spent with our Discovery Hall Program's educators grows the desire to study marine science leading many to pursue college degrees.  University Programs create focus on research.



Every reason for supporting and donating is different, but every donation matters. Your donation enhances the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's educational, research and service programs.


Campus Naming Campaign

The DISL Foundation is supporting the DISL campus through a program of naming opportunities.  The entire campus is up for grabs!  Opportunities start as little as $1000 and span up to $100,000. Almost any size gift within this range has a room just waiting for you to claim it. 


 To find out more contact Helene Hassell, hhassell@disl.org or call 251-605-6624.

DISL Priorites Needs List

To support the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, click here to learn all the ways you can donate.  To view the Sea Lab's most current priority needs list click on the link below to view the pdf.



Sea Lab Priority Needs List

Jenny Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund



Please help us send under privileged high school students to the Summer Marine Science Course at the Sea Lab by donating to the Jenny Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund. This has been recognized as one of the most important needs for the Discovery Hall Programs.  A donation to the fund can make it possible for a child attend the month long program and gain high school credit.   Hep us reach our goal so we can make this an annual gift to the Sea Lab.