This program introduces the student to the physical, chemical and ecological characteristics of two wetland environments. Participants will learn about the interactions, adaptations, limitations, and strategies for survival by plants and animals in the estuarine habitat complex.
Sample physical parameters of water (temperature, salinity, pH) and investigate their impact on organisms of the salt and freshwater marsh
Identify local resident and migratory birds to evaluate their niche,
Identify and learn the life history of three to five marsh plants
Sample and identify common marsh invertebrates
Collect soil samples for microscopic analysis of benthic flora and fauna.
The program is intended for students in 4th through 12th grades.
The program lasts four hours.
The program includes a 15 minute introduction, 2 hours and 45 minutes in the field, 30 minutes dip-netting, and a 30 minute mud lab.