Each Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from March through mid-November, twenty-four students and their teachers from Florida schools spend the day at the Florida State University Marine Laboratory participating in a Saturday-at-the-Sea. Through the Saturday-at-the-Sea program, the students are introduced to the rich variety of marine creatures of the Gulf of Mexico by hands-on experience and study. Saturday-at-the-Sea aims to initiate an understanding of the biological relationships these sea creatures have to each other and to their physical environment. Moreover, the program endeavors to awaken in the participants an awareness of the interdependency of people in this region with the sea life in our estuaries and bays. It is our special goal to stimulate in young minds a strong interest in science at this critical time in their educational development.
The Saturday-at-the-Sea program includes a slide presentation, a collecting trip to sample marine invertebrates and fishes by trawl net and beach seine, and a guided natural history field trip in the salt marsh. In addition, students perform experiments, collect data, observe animals and their behaviors, and examine displays and demonstrations in the laboratory illustrating some of the ways that marine animals carry on the processes of life despite the rigors of the sea. The students see an amazing diversity of creatures, from sea anemones to sea horses, and learn about how different species feed, how some drastically change form as they grow, how vulnerable animals defend themselves from predators, how very different kinds of animals fit into the sea's web of existence, and more.
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Marine Lab Outreach Programs
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Gulf Specimens Marine Lab: http://www.gulfspecimen.org/
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Dichotomous Key: http://oceanica.cofc.edu/shellguide/
Dichotomous Keys Activity.pdf
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