Marine and Fresh Water Ecology June 22-26, 2015
Day One - June 22: Fresh Water Ecology
Campers will discuss the week ahead as they plan a week of learning and adventure! Learners will complete some quick research about native plants and animals in the fresh water habitat Campers will travel to a nearby Arcadia Plantation where they will explore a fresh water lake, ponds and a sink hole. Paul Massey of Arcadia and Greenwood Plantation will lead a tour and discuss resource management. Students will collect fresh water samples from four sites and take back to TU for testing. Campers will meet with science faculty at TU to discuss proper use of a microscope for viewing their water samples.
Day Two - June 23: FSU Coastal and Marine Life
Campers will travel to the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory. After arrival students will be placed in dorms and eat lunch. In the afternoon students will work with FSU Biologists as they explore the coastal environment on a walk in the marshes. Participants will spend the night in the dorms at the Laboratory. Campers will have opportunities to use cast nets and collect specimens of sea life for research the following day.
1:00pm: Arrive at FSU Coastal Marine Lab in St. Teresa, FL
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Welcome and slide show in the auditorium
2:00pm - 6:00pm: Campers will then travel to Bald Point State Park, located about 16 miles from the lab, for two hours to conduct a beach walk along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Then return to the lab for a marsh walk for about 2 hours, which will lead into the evening. By doing the beach and marsh walk, campers will learn about the two different coastal environments.
6:30pm: Dinner and a Movie - “Dolphin Tales” or basketball or volleyball.
9:00pm: All campers go to their dorms.
10:00pm: Lights Out, so that everyone is well rested for the next fun filled day!
Day Three - June 24: FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory
- Group of 18 to 2 boats – 9 per boat, 2 instructors, and 2 Boat Captains
- Group of 18 for a tour of the lab and laboratory work – 2 instructors
10:30am-12:30pm: Groups switch
12:30pm: Lunch and depart for Thomasville
Campers will meet in the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory using scientific tools to identify as well as compare and contrast features of the sea life they encounter on their boating experience. Campers will take notes in their journals while reviewing and refining information during the travel back to TU.
Day Four - June 25: Fresh Water and Marine Ecology
Campers will use microscopes in the TU Science Laboratory to discover organisms and determine the PH Balance present in the four fresh water samples collected Monday, June 22nd. Campers will work in pairs, take notes and draw illustrations of what is seen. Research about the plants, debris or organisms observed will be conducted and shared.
Campers will use technology to create posters developed with photos and information from their first four days of “hands on” research. They will write rough drafts for the thank you notes to the camp’s sponsors.
Day Five - June 26: A visit from the Sea Mobile of the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab
9:00am - 9:30am: Complete “Thank you” letters and discuss the lessons learned while at the Marine Laboratory and Arcadia Plantation.
9:30am - 11:30pm: -“The Gulf Specimen Marine Lab’s Sea Mobile Marine Life Educational Traveling Exhibit” is a mobile aquarium self-sustained complete with state of the art filtration system and able to house a wide variety of live marine life.
It holds 450 gallons of saltwater aquariums including 5 touch tanks with starfish, sea urchins, conchs, crabs, sponges and a variety of other interesting and colorful sea life from the Gulf of Mexico that are safe for children to pick up and handle. Also, 7 acrylic aquariums filled with octopus, stone crab, filefish, gorgonians, shrimp, and a variety of fish and invertebrates from the Gulf of Mexico. The Sea Mobile also has 2 Light microscopes with video camera adapters hooked to 2 LCD 46 inch flat screen televisions that allow visitors to see the intricate details of a sponge or tiny creatures such as amphipods swimming across the screen.
11:30am - 12:00pm: Campers will set up their displays in the Campus Center
12:00pm - 12:30pm: Lunch
12:30pm - 2:30pm: Two topics will be discussed- “Coastal Watersheds” and “Amazing and Weird Animals.” Students will work with and learn from the instructors in the Sea Mobile.
2:30pm - 3:30pm: All campers will go to the Campus Center to display their posters and share their knowledge gained from the week’s experiences. Parents, caregivers and other guests are invited to come to the Campus Center for a reception and a tour of the posters. Each young scientist will stand beside their poster and elaborate on the content.