Junior Marine Explorers

Instructor: Blue Earth Research Group

Ages: 6-8

$90 + $20 Materials

Blue Earth Research Group brings the wonder of the marine environment to you through exciting activities and labs to stimulate appreciation of marine organisms and how our world interacts with their world. We will focus on the coral reef ecosystem and highlight the life cycles and biology of sea turtles and dolphins. Interactive activities will bring an understanding of anatomy, food webs, survival, and threats to these ecosystems and animals. Optional field trips offered to enhance course at an additional cost. These include excursions to Mote Marine Aquarium and a dolphin watch guided by your instructor. The class curriculum includes:
• Introduction and ice breaker: group matching sea turtle external anatomy activity to learn about sea turtles found in Florida’s waters .
• Sea turtle adaptations and diets: identify skulls belonging to each species based on size and diet .
• Sea turtle nesting behavior and survival rates: ping pong ball activity and turtle relay race .
• Human interactions and threats: examine sea turtle models with injuries, entanglement with fishing gear, or tumors .
• Introduction of tropical coral reef ecosystems and their importance to our oceans: coral construction activity .
• Common reef animals in Florida, interrelationships between organisms, and food webs: bubble coral spawning activity and string food web activity .
• Special adaptations in reef animals: reef animal scavenger hunt .
• Adaptation and science: paper squid and buoyancy experiments .
• Survey of different marine mammals around the world: comparison activity of mammal models .
• Lesson on dolphin behavior and social groups: activity to identify individual animals by markings on dorsal fins .
• Dolphin adaptations activities: blubber lab activity, model echolocation using tuning forks and group activity to find prey .

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