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Subject:  FYI Date:  2/11/2010  4:32 PM
Author:  Esconopeles Number:  5094 of 5113

Please Pass this field trip opportunity on to any interested homeschooling families

Marine Science Adventure Camp for Homeschoolers

This is a 2 day Marine Science Adventure course just for Homeschoolers held at the Marine Science Consortium. The consortium is located on Wallops Island, near the islands of Chincoteague and Assateague on Virginia Eastern Shore. It’s a gorgeous area and a fun science based camp for students and parents/teachers. The course is all inclusive; meals, lodging, supplies, activities and fieldtrips are all included in the cost. The attachments are informational flyers about the Homeschoolers Marine Science Workshop .

Marine Science Adventure Courses for Homeschoolers

Don't have a laboratory in your basement or an Oceanic Research
Vessel in your backyard? Don't worry, here at the Marine Science
Consortium we understand the challenges parents face when they teach
science in the home. The Marine Science Consortium is your resource
for bridging the gap between marine science curriculum and student
understanding. Our Homeschoolers Workshops are tailored for the
budding Marine Biologist in your home. Our workshops provide hands-on
observation of marine environments and life forms as well as time to
socialize with other young marine biologist.

The 2-day Coastal Ecology program includes the following field trips and classes:

Oceanography Research Cruise
We will take a research cruise through one of the most productive
ecosystems on earth! We will trawl to sample the myriad organisms
found in our estuary. Your naturalist will give you in-depth
background on the lifecycle and habits of the marine organisms
caught. You'll also learn about the salt marsh, one most productive
ecosystems on earth.

Intertidal Beaches
We will visit Tom's Cove and use seine nets and sieves for organism
collection. We will also spend time sampling for various
environmental parameters, species diversity, distribution, adaptation.

Organism Lab
In our exciting organism labs we will use Dichotomous keys, field
guides and microscopes to examine the various organisms, zooplankton
and phytoplankton collected in the field

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
During our visit to CNWR we will hear about the history of the
refuge, the successful population rehabilitation programs, and the
famous Wild Ponies of Assateague in a multimedia presentation from a
Fish and Wildlife Biologist and Educator! After that, tour the
visitor center's excellent exhibits before embarking on a journey
through the wilds of Assateague.

11/16/2010 -11/18/2010


Cost :
$95 per child /$65 Per Adult

Includes Meals, Lodging, Activities, Boat Trip, Materials, Take Home

Call 757-824-5636 to Register

Website :


Day 1
11:30 - 12:00 pm Check in with Special Programs Coordinator at MSC
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Orientation
Field Trip to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
5:30 - 6:30 pm Dinner in MSC's Cafeteria
7:00 - 9:00 pm Oceanographic equipment lecture

Day 2
7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast in MSC's Cafeteria
8:45 – 12:00 PM Oceanography Research Cruise
12:00- 1:00 PM Picnic Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 PM Intertidal Zone Lecture
5:30-6:30 PM Dinner in MSC's Cafeteria
7:00 - 8:30 PM Marco Organism Lab

Day 3
7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast in MSC's Cafeteria
9:30 Check out and Departure

(10:00 am for Families that would like to take the extra time - a last
day field trip to the NASA visitor center)

Since 1965 The Marine Science Consortium has educated and inspired
thousands of children, youth, and adults about the marine and coastal
ecosystems along the Mid-Atlantic Region through