"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 investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."

– Rockland County, NY, camp director

Teachers & Groups

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Look closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).

2016 17 Ed Bro coverClick on the image at left for a pdf of our entire 2016-17 Educational Programs brochure.

 

Field Programs

These exciting outings are conducted at local beaches, only around low tide. Students will get their feet wet! Wear boots or shoes that can get soggy, and dress for the weather! The 1:7 chaperone-to-student ratio applies.

 

New! Shoreline Investigators (PK-Grade 2)

The seashore provides endless opportunities for investigation to young scientists. Equipped with their own age- appropriate collecting equipment, students will explore different beach habitats and identify the shells, animals and features that make each one unique. They’ll use their eyes, ears, hands and noses to gather information and learn new vocabulary to share their discoveries with classmates. 90 minutes.

Cost: $225 for first, $200 each additional (simultaneous or sequential). We have beach locations in CT and NY – ask us! Extra travel, parking and layover fees may apply. School must supply beach-entry pass, if necessary.

Standards:
K: Next Gen., LS1.C, ESS2.D, ESS2.E, ESS3.A; Common Core, W.K.7, MP.2, K.CC, K.MD.A.2
Grade 1: Next Gen., LS1.A, LS1.D; Common Core, W.1.7, MP.2
Grade 2: Next Gen., LS4.D, ESS2.A, ESS2.C; Common Core, W.2.7, W.2.8, MP.2

 

Shoreline Scientists (Grades 3-5)

What better place for a first experience of field science than at a local beach or salt marsh? Students use scientific tools to collect data on air and water temperature and record weather observations. They learn about the components of a coastal ecosystem and create a food web featuring the animals they find in seine nets. Evidence observed of erosion, invasive species and other human impact on the shoreline will be used by students to create a plan for protecting threatened coastal habitats. 2 hours. Includes a 45-minute pre-visit session at your school, where we’ll introduce students to the activities they’ll be doing at the beach and the field equipment they’ll be using. Students will practice using field guides to identify, quantify and measure a variety of specimens. The pre-visit will ensure your students get the most out of their shoreline experience. Price includes field and pre-visit sessions.

Cost: $325 for first, $275 each additional (simultaneous or sequential). We have beach locations in Connecticut and New York – ask us! Extra travel, parking and layover fees may apply. School must supply beach-entry pass, if necessary.

Standards:
Grade 3: Next Gen., LS2.D, LS4.C, LS4.D, ESS2.D; CT Science, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4; CT Core Scientific, A INQ: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9.
Grade 4: Next Gen., LS1.A; CT Science, 4.2, 4.3; Common Core, SL.4.1, SL.5.1; CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 4, 5, 9.
Grade 5: Next Gen., ESS2.A; CT Science, 5.2; CT Core Scientific, B INQ: 1, 4, 5, 9.

 

Shoreline Ecologists (Grades 6-8)

Equipped with the tools of an ecologist, students explore a coastal ecosystem of Long Island Sound. They use scientific equipment to collect data on abiotic factors, such as air and water temperature, salinity, pH and dissolved oxygen. They help Aquarium educators gather and identify fish, jellies, shrimp, crabs and other animals. Through these hands on-activities, they learn about interdependent relationships, invasive species, and conservation of the Sound. 2 hours. Includes a 45-minute pre-visit session at your school, where we’ll introduce students to the activities they’ll be doing at the beach and the field equipment they’ll be using. Students will practice using field guides to identify, quantify and measure a variety of specimens. The pre-visit will ensure your students get the most out of their shoreline experience. Price includes field and pre-visit sessions.

Cost: $325 for first, $275 each additional (simultaneous or sequential). We’ll find the closest beach to you in Connecticut or New York. Extra travel, parking and layover fees may apply. School must supply beach-entry pass, if necessary.

Standards:
Grade 6: Next Gen., LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C, LS4.D; Common Core, SL.6.1; CT Science, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 10.
Grade 7: Next Gen., LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C, LS4.D; Common Core, SL.7.1; CT Science, 7.3; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 10.
Grade 8: Next Gen., LS2.A, LS2.B, LS2.C, LS4.D; Common Core, SL.8.1; CT Core Scientific, C INQ: 1, 3, 10.