Shore to Sea Patch Program
Cost per Scout: $20
Cost per Chaperone: $8
Minimum number of participants: 10
Maximum number of participants: 25
Scouts who complete the day of programs will have met the requirements for a From the Shore to Sea patch. Scouts receive an Aquarium patch to recognize their accomplishments in water education.
The southeastern coastline is dominated by sandy beaches, but just east of the Aquarium is a hard rock jetty protecting Radio Island where a host of unusual animals can be found. Scouts snorkel the submerged artificial reef and discover what types of animals it attracts. While at the reef, scouts also learn about the Rachel Carson Estuarine Research Reserve, and discuss the importance of habitat protection.
Scouts return to the Aquarium and go behind the scenes to see how our Aquarists take care of the thousands of Aquarium animals.
Then it’s back outside for a kayak or canoe paddle through a maritime forest and salt marsh, to compare and contrast the flora and fauna found on the rocky reef and sea grass beds and sandy soils. Scouts pull a seine net to sample some of the life found here in nature’s nursery, and learn how plants help to purify the water. Scouts learn how the natural environment repairs itself after disasters such as hurricanes, and what we as humans do to either help or hinder the process.
Scouts then go back inside to watch a marine careers discussion. They learn about how to select and apply for colleges, where to gain work experience and how to get on the right path for a career working with water.
1 hour, 15 minutes – Orientation and Self Guided Tour
2 hours – Salt Marsh Paddle Exploration
1 hour – Lunch (not provided)
*2 hours – Artificial Reef Snorkel Trip (tide and weather dependent)
30 minutes – Marine Career Discussion
The schedule for this program is tide-dependent. These are the time lengths for each segment, but not necessarily the order in which they occur.
* The Artificial Reef program is tide-dependent. In the case that the tide is not high during the time of your program, we will substitute a live animal program