Marine Conservation (December Session)
Wednesday, December 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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”
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: Plant Removal & Water Quality Analysis Description: We will drive across Old Cutler to the Power’s Property, aka the Pump Station. We will have a guest speaker who will talk about the creation of the pump station and its purpose in the Rehydration Project. Afterwards we will remove invasive plants and measure water quality. (OLD SHOES/CLOTHES RECOMMENDED-WE WILL BE GETTING MUDDY/WET)
Date: December 18, 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)