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Join Mystic Aquarium on the coast for a field study! Mystic Aquarium has been bringing students to our coastlines for years, and we’d like to offer this experiential learning opportunity to all teachers of grades 3 to 12! We will bring the equipment and the expertise to help your students investigate and discover coastal phenomena through an NGSS-aligned, 90-minute program at various parks all along the Connecticut and Rhode Island coastline. Students will collaborate and collect evidence pertaining to the value and the importance of healthy watersheds and estuaries. While working in small groups, they will investigate rocky shore and salt marsh environments and collect data to develop a baseline understanding of the ecosystem’s biotic and abiotic factors and energy flow. In addition, participants will submit their findings into our partner citizen science databases. Students will also observe and identify species while discovering cause and effect of natural and man-made influences on their critical habitats. Join us and gain an understanding of the critical ecological role these coastal ecosystems play in fostering diversity and abundance of life in the Long Island Sound or Narragansett Bay. (Spanish-translated data sheets are also available.)

Coastal Field Studies are also a great field trip option for summer camps and programming!

Contact the Education & Conservation Department at Educationinfo@MysticAquarium.org to reserve this fantastic field experience.

Time: 90-minutes
Seasonal: Offered April – November

Location: various public access parks along CT and RI coastlines, tbd with you upon consultation
Seasonal pricing applies:

May - August

  • $425 per class of up to 25 students

September - November and April

  • $375 per class of up to 25 students

Note: discounts are available for additional classes.

Accommodations: maximum of 3 classes/75 students per program

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