Marine Science Explorer ProgramApril 15 - May 22, 2013
The goal of the Marine Science Explorer Program is to provide students with an exceptional learning environment, to help students understand and appreciate the marine ecosystem in the Gulf of Alaska, and inspire interest in Marine Science.
During the five-hour cruise, we explore beyond the surface of the water. Students are introduced to sampling techniques and lab activities as they investigate seawater and plankton. Students observe marine mammals and seabirds in their natural habitat and consider their adaptations. In this living laboratory, students are encouraged to examine how these pieces fit together into an ecosystem concept
One instructor staffs each thirty-minute station. We ask that each group be accompanied by a teacher or chaperone.
Information and Materials Presented:
- Investigate the fjord and estuary ecosystem in Resurrection Bay.
- Collect seawater, then use thermometers and hydrometers to determine the salinity of the sample.
- Use a Secchi disk to determine the turbidity of the water.
- Use a plankton net to collect phytoplankton and zooplankton for examination under microscopes.
- Observe interaction of Southcentral Alaska’s intertidal organisms in a saltwater aquarium.
- Examine mounts of Alaskan seabirds and discuss marine mammal and seabird adaptations to the subarctic marine environment.
- Observe mammals and seabirds in their natural habitat, and view the bustling spring activity at Cape Resurrection!
Length of Trip: 5 hours
Price: $50.00/person, plus the City of Seward port fee (currently $3.50/person).
Max. participants: 80 (will be divided into 4 groups)
Recommended ages: Grades 3 through 12
Departure Information: 10:00am–3:00pm
Please remember to:
- Bring brownbag lunch.
- Dress warmly.
- Provide us with a complete name list of everyone that will be on board, for the US Coast Guard.