It's just a reality - it's hard to get kids out into nature as often as teachers would like. Whether due to cost or time constraints, it is hard. But that shouldn't keep children from hands-on learning experiences about the ocean. The Sea Scholars program uses the ocean as the theme to teach a variety of different topics. Bringing live animals along adds wonder and fun to the experience!
Programs with a crab picture beside the title include live animals.
This touch tank program is part fact-based, part hands-on and all AWESOME! A favorite for all ages, this program brings a selection of animals to your class for an interactive look at what lives on the shores of Long Island Sound. While a small group is working with the touch tank, another group is working with their teacher on an age-appropriate activity or craft so that we can keep the touch tank fun for students and safe for the animals. As with any natural, hand-collected group of animals, the selection varies seasonally - but there are always animals and it is always a great time!
Storytime is a great part of every child's day - especially if it is a story about an awesome fish that goes on an adventure right here in Long Island Sound! Students will get to know Marina and some cool facts about the Sound PLUS meet some of the animals that she encounters on her journey home. This program includes a touchtank where students get a chance to meet the animals for themselves and learn about these amazing creatures! (Note: for younger groups, it may make sense to modify the program slightly for 15-20 minute sessions that accommodate shorter attention spans - call for more details)
What is that thing you found on the beach? Can you take it home? How did it get there? Through a fun story and some hands-on activities, students will see the path of a piece of litter as it travels from a storm drain to the ocean. With a clear view of what happens when litter or other pollution gets into our water system, we will also talk about the difference between being a bad person and not having all the information you need to make good choices. At the end, students will make their own signs to help teach the world the difference between 'Trash and Treasure'.
We have all heard about the amazing lifecycle of a frog... or a butterfly... but what about a Blue Crab? Tapping into that innate ability to learn through movement, students will first listen to a short story about a crab's life and then get a chance to act it out on their own! Starting as plankton, they will need to get enough food to grow claws, hibernate, eat some more and then migrate. By the end of the program, students will have learned about metamorphosis, life cycles and ocean life... plus burned off some energy in the process! This program includes a short touchtank session where students learn about other animal and their unique lifecycles in the Sound.
Using their own model of a watershed, small groups of students will see first hand the dynamics of water moving in a watershed, the path of litter and other pollutants in a watershed and the effects of a vegetative buffer on the health of the water. This is a great activity to reinforce topics including watercycle and waste management as well as how human choices affect the larger environment.
Time for students to use their powers of observation and deduction. On the way to the presentation, I must have hit a pothole and the animals got sloshed into different containers. Luckily I know who is who, but what if you had just found an animal and DIDN'T know what it was? Using dichotomous keys created for this activity (and age appropriate), students will learn to use the information at hand to make their own discovery - what kind of animal do they have in front of them? Once they have successfully learned the identity of their creature, they will get to present to the rest of the class in a mini Creature-Feature session. At the end of the program, students will all get a chance to see all of the animals up close!
"And always you comfort yourself with the thought that yours will be the perfect boat..." - Sailing, Seamanship, and Yacht Construction By Uffa Fox 1936. It seems so easy - building boats. But more goes into it than just a few boards and a big sail/engine! Learning through a little trial and error, students will learn a little about bouyancy, hull shapes, and water dynamics. Then with their knowledge at the ready, small groups will learn that they have been stranded on a deserted island - they must now design and build their own tin foil boat in order to escape with the maximum amount of coconuts for their journey back to civilization. Engineering at it's best, the group will get to test their boat in a final sink-off.
Each 45-minute program is $95 which includes all supplies, educator, and up to 50 miles travel (roundtrip). For each additional mile (round-trip), there will be an additional charge of $0.40.
Scheduling multiple programs in the same day? Programs can be scheduled up to 6 per day with 5 minute breaks between each group and one 30 minute break for the educator. The price will be reduced by $10 for each additional program (i.e. For a 3-program day, the cost would be $255 - Program 1=$95, Program 2=$85, Program 3=$75). Multiple programs can be scheduled in the same day, but time must be allotted between groups for set-up. Best bet - if you'd like to do multiple programs at your school, call us and we can work out options that get the maximum programs at the maximum quality for the best price!
Contact Kristen at 203-450-3689 to discuss program details, ask questions or even schedule your date.