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Non-Snorkeling trips

MarineLab is expanding its offerings of non-snorkeling programs to encourage more groups to attend during our chillier winter months. These programs are offered during NOVEMBER, DECEMBER, JANUARY and FEBRUARY only! We have snorkeling programs year-round, though!

Some programs have a boat trip included, while others are strictly land-based. No swimming or snorkeling is required! Our vessels are all US Coast Guard inspected passenger vessels, operated by Coast Guard certified captains and crewed by our marine science instructors.

Call 305-451-1139 X 201 to ask about availability! Financial assistance is available for Title I schools through our Art Mitchell Fund. Please ask for an application when you call about availability!

One-Day Programs

Introduction to Invertebrates NO X X X   $40
Micro Matters NO     X X $40
Invertebrate Explorations YES X X X   $60
What's In The Water? YES   X X   $60
Mangroves & Marine Debris YES   X X   $60

 

UrchinINTRO TO INVERTEBRATES

9 AM - 3 PM, LAND BASED, GRADES 5 - 12, $40 PER STUDENT. On arrival, students will be given a brief orientation of the facility before a water quality lesson.  Students will understand the meaning of five water quality parameters, gain experience using tools to collect these measurements, be able to make sense of the data.  Students will also begin making connections between abiotic and biotic.  Next, students will explore invertebrates utilizing live rock from the inshore waters and discuss the meaning of invertebrate diversity fluctuations.  After lunch, students will conduct their own experiments to learn more about invertebrate behavior.  And finally, students will study the relationship of volume, mass and density in order to construct the slowest sinking plankton. ITINERARY

 

MICRO MATTERS

9 AM - 3 PM, LAND BASED, ADVANCED HS, $40 PER STUDENT. The labs are geared towards AP Environmental Science students and require intensive microscope work.  On arrival, students will be given a brief orientation of the facility before a water quality lesson.  Students will understand the meaning of 5 water quality parameters, gain experience using tools to collect these measurements, be able to make sense of the data and connect the importance of the abiotic with the biotic.  Next students will further make these ecological connections by discussing harmful algal blooms.  Students will analyze water samples to identify phytoplankton and make sense of their observations. After lunch, students will participate in the Diversity Indexing Lab.  During this lab each pair of students closely analyzes a live rock collected from nearby inshore waters.  Each species of invertebrate is identified and abundance is recorded in an effort to determine a diversity index.  The meaning behind the calculations are discussed as well as relation to real world situations.  After a brief break, students will return to the lab to analyze water samples in an effort to learn more about microplastic pollution.  Students will categorize and count microplastics; sources, impacts and solutions to the plastic issue will be discussed. ITINERARY 

INVERTEBRATE EXPLORATIONS

9 AM - 4 PM, INCLUDES BOAT TRIP, GRADES 5 - 12, $60 PER STUDENT. On arrival, students will be given a brief orientation of the facility before a water quality lesson.  Students will understand the meaning of five water quality parameters, gain experience using tools to collect these measurements, be able to make sense of the data and connect the importance of the abiotic with the biotic.  Students will continue to make this connection with the invertebrate diversity lab; they will “shake” a live rock to find and identify invertebrates.  Impacts on diversity and meaning of a healthy invertebrate community will be discussed. After lunch, students will board the boats for a field excursion to FL Bay. They will learn about the mangrove habitat and collect water quality data along the way.  Lastly, students will participate in the Invertebrate Behavior Lab.  The lab will allow the students to see and learn about invertebrates that inhabit mangroves by conducting their own experiments. ITINERARY

WHAT’S IN THE WATER?

9 AM - 4 PM, INCLUDES BOAT TRIP, GRADES 7 - 12, $60 PER STUDENT. On arrival, students will be given a brief orientation of the facility before a water quality lesson.  After the lab, students will understand the meaning of five water quality parameters, know how to operate tools to collect these measurements, be able to make sense of the data and connect the importance of the abiotic with the biotic.  These are important skills because students will board the boats for a field excursion to FL Bay.  On the boats, students will be taught a mangrove ecology lesson and will be testing the water quality at various sites throughout the trip.  Students will collect 1 L water samples to be analyzed in the afternoon. After lunch, students will analyze the data the water quality.  Then they will learn about and see firsthand a detrimental human impact on water quality, microplastics.  During the microplastics lab, students will filter their water samples to determine the types and abundance of microplastics.  All data is submitted to the Florida Microplastics Awareness Project. ITINERARY 

MangroveTripMANGROVES & MARINE DEBRIS

9 AM - 4 PM, INCLUDES BOAT TRIP, GRADES 7 - 12, $60 PER STUDENT. On arrival, students will be given a brief orientation of the facility before departing on a boat excursion to Florida Bay.  During the trip, students will learn about the unique adaptations of the mangrove habitat, the ecosystem services the habitat provides and the threats to the habitat.  Upon return to the dock, students till participate in the Invertebrate Behavior Lab.  The lab will allow the students to see inhabitants of the mangrove habitat and conduct their own behavioral experiments to understand the role of these invertebrates. After lunch, students will discuss threats and solutions to the marine debris issue before participating in a waterfront land-based cleanup.  Students will pick up trash and collect data for local scientists.  Lastly, students will investigate a marine threat is not quite as visible during the Microplastics lab.  Students will analyze 1 L water samples collected during their trip to the Bay to determine the types and abundance of microplastics.  The lab data is submitted to the Florida Microplastics Awareness Project.  ITINERARY

Two Day, One Night Programs

Micro and Macro Invertebrates of the Florida Keys

INCLUDES BOAT TRIP, GRADES 7 - 12, $150 PER STUDENT. ARRIVE 1 PM, DEPART 12:30 PM FOLLOWING DAY. This trip is a two day, one night program focusing on the invertebrates of the Upper Keys. On arrival, students will be given a brief orientation of the facility before a water quality lesson.  Students will understand the meaning of 5 water quality parameters, gain experience using tools to collect these measurements, be able to make sense of the data and connect the importance of the abiotic with the biotic.  These are important skills because students will board the boats for a field excursion to FL Bay to implement what they have learned.  On the boats, students will be taught a mangrove ecology lesson and will be testing and discussing the water quality. After supper, students will continue to make this connection with the invertebrate diversity lab; they will “shake” a live rock to find and identify invertebrates.  Impacts on diversity and meaning of a healthy invertebrate community will be discussed. During the Microplastics lab, they will investigate a marine threat is not quite as visible.  Students will analyze 1 L water samples collected during their trip to the Bay to determine the types and abundance of microplastics.  The lab data is submitted to the Florida Microplastics Awareness Project. 

The following morning, students will go back on the boats to collect water samples to examine for phytoplankton that could be responsible for harmful algae blooms.  Students will analyze water samples to identify phytoplankton and make sense of their observations.

Price per student: $150, includes overnight accommodations and two meals. CUSTOMIZABLE:  This program is customizable to replace a boat trip with a land-based marine debris component, or to replace the phytoplankton boat trip with a phytoplankton lab and additional lab. ITINERARY