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Marine Science is a multidisciplinary field that encompasses biology, chemistry, geology, and ecology. The Bayside Adventures Marine Camp allows students to explore these fields through team learning and individual observation. Through hands-on activities, students acquire the skills needed to study the marine environment. They learn how to formulate scientific questions, safely collect and care for live animals, measure parameters such as temperature and water quality, and use microscopes to view things up close and personal. Using these skills, students explore in detail all of the marine habitats that surround Tiana Bayside Facility and the unique species that inhabit each ecosystem. Activities include seining for local fish and invertebrates, hiking through the salt marsh, bird watching on the Atlantic ocean beach, shell collection and species identification, and even optional dissections of local fish. Students also participate in CCE’s major restoration initiatives, including oyster aquaculture, marsh grass and eelgrass planting, and horseshoe crab and seahorse population monitoring. By the end of the week students come away with a deep appreciation for marine environment, as well as an understanding of how we can use our scientific knowledge to be better stewards of planet Earth.
Hazel E. Wodehouse
Back to the Bays Volunteer Coordinator / Marine Educator
Last updated February 13, 2023