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Marine Conservation (December Session)
December 2019 Session (3 Wednesdays in this session): Dec. 4, Dec. 11, and Dec. 18 ($45 for all 3 dates in December)
In our Marine Conservation class, children ages 9-14 will focus on Marine Biology through a diverse array of activities, in both a lab and field setting. Activities include water based seagrass surveys, kayaking, canoeing, trips to Chicken key, and other explorations into our marine ecosystems. Please wear closed-toe shoes (no crocs or sandals). Bring change of clothes, towel, water bottle, snacks, sunblock, bug spray, and a pencil/pen.
Ages 9-14. Parent Participation is not required.
10 am – 1 pm
December Activities: “Everglades Restoration” (The schedule has changed slightly):
Date: December 4, 2019 Activity: Cutler Creek Hike Description: We will hike through the upper half of Cutler Creek to see how freshwater enters Biscayne Bay. Deering Estate is a part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), in which we are helping to restore historic freshwater flow from the Everglades to the bay. (OLD SHOES RECOMMENDED-WE WILL BE GETTING WET)
Date: December 11, 2019 Activity: Kayak through Cutler Creek Description: We will kayak through the lower half of Cutler creek to see where freshwater meets saltwater in Biscayne Bay. As we kayak through the mangroves, the students will learn about mangrove resilience and how the introduction of freshwater has changed the system. (WATER CLOTHES/SHOES-SUN PROTECTION-WATER)
Date: December 18, 2019 Activity: UM Shark Lab Tour @ UM RSMAS (FIELD TRIP) Description: We will learn about the University of Miami’s shark research team by visiting their lab on campus. We will be guided by their graduate students who will explain the many methods they use for shark tagging and shark identification. If time allows, we will visit other labs/on site museums. (OUTDOORS-SUN PROTECTION)