We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and got a chance to investigate, interact with and, of course, learn about."
– Rockland County, NY, camp director
Brine Shrimp Inquiry (for Grades 5-6)
Available only as a 90-minute program. Through a guided inquiry experiment, students investigate how brine shrimp respond to different stimuli while implementing the basics of the scientific method. Students work in groups for formulate a hypothesis, note observations, change variables and state results.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7; NY: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6; NJ: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6.
For Grades 5-6: one hour. For Grades 7-8: 90 minutes. Students will be guided through the Aquarium's permanent galleries to gain an increased awareness of the plants, animals and habitats of Long Island Sound. NOTE: In October, April, May and June, tours are available only at 9 a.m. and after 1 p.m. Also, because of the time needed to give you a great and complete tour, the Aquarium's Touch Tank is NOT included on tours. Please plan to enjoy the Touch Tank before or after your tour. For the 90-minute program: $200 for the first program, $185 for others on the same day.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10; NY: all; NJ: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9.
The intertidal zone is a unique ecosystem in which organisms have different adaptations to sense and respond to information about their environment as the tides rise and fall. Students learn about the moon's effect on tides, as they read a tide chart for the day of their visit and discuss challenges for animals living in the intertidal zone and the physical factors with which they interact. Students share observations and ask questions as they notice and handle a variety of intertidal invertebrates.
Standards: CT: 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9; NY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; NJ: 1, 5.
Marine World Magnified
The unseen marine world opens up to students as they learn to use hand lenses and microscopes to observe a variety of live animals. Students compare the structure of the eye to a microscope. They then use books and charts to identify the creatures they have seen. Food chains and human impacts are discussed.
Standards: CT: 1, 4, 5, 6, 10; NY: all; NJ: 1, 2, 4, 5, 9.
Through dissection, students explore how squid sense and respond to their environment by examining a squid's unique physical adaptations, including the exceptionally large eyes. Students also compare and contrast squid to other mollusks such as clams and snails.
Standards: CT: 1, 4, 5, 6, 10; NY: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6; NJ: 1, 2, 5.
These 45-minute programs introduce students to some of the environmental issues facing the world today/ Students learn about many of the impacts these issues have on our climate, wildlife, ecosystems, everyday living and Long Island Sound. Solutions to current issues are discussed. (Many activities relate to state Social Studies standards too.)
Through an interactive presentation, students learn the differences between climate and weather, the basic of the greenhouse effect, and how carbon cycles through the environment. Through discussion and hands-on activities, students discover how climate change impacts our weather, wildlife and everyday living. They'll also brainstorm for solutions that can be implemented in their own lives and communities.
Standards: CT: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10; NY: 1, 5, 6, 7; NJ: 1, 2, 4, 8, 9.
An ecosystem is composed of all populations that are living in a certain space and the physical factors with which they interact. The introduction of non-native plants or animals can have a negative impact on an ecosystem. Students will take part in fun hands-on activities while exploring the environmental impacts of invasive species that can now be found in Long Island Sound. Students also will learn what they can do to prevent further spreading of exotic species.
Standards: CT: 1, 3, 5, 6, 10; NY: 1, 7; NJ: 1, 2, 4, 5, 9.
Most precipitation that falls in Connecticut eventually reaches Long Island Sound. This water moving across and through the earth carries with it the products of human activities. With Long Island Sound's extensive watershed as an example, discover the impact of humans on aquatic ecosystems. Students will share their observations as they "pollute" a watershed model, then look for ways to clean it up. Hands-on discovery of basic scientific and ecological concepts. Standards: CT: 1, 4, 8, 10; NY: 6, 7; NJ: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9.
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