Marine Science Institute Visits St. Raymond School
The Marine Science Institute brought a field trip right to the St. Raymond School gym, complete with starfish and hermit crabs. Kindergarten through 3rd Grade were treated to a presentation by the Marine Science Institute instructors focusing on the rocky intertidal area of our local coastline. Students learned about the influences of tides on the rocky shore and the animals that survive in the harsh conditions of the tide pool habitat. The students were taught the proper way to "pet" a fish and rules for handling invertebrates. Then the fun began! Eight different tide pool animals were on hand for the students to touch and hold. The students got excited about being able to pet a Monkey Face Eel and hold a Dotted Hermit Crab. The hands on experience was an unusual and exciting way for the students to learn about ocean animals and how they are adapted to life in the rocky intertidal.
The Marine Science Institute's philosophy is based on the idea that putting students in direct physical contact with their local bay environment will help cultivate their natural sense of curiosity, enrich their understanding of science, and foster a responsibility to protect the environment.
As a follow up, the Kindergarten class will also take a field trip to the Marine Science Institute headquarters for more hands on learning.