We have designed our education programs to be interactive to inspire the next generation of ocean stewards. Each program is two hours long and includes a discussion portion followed by hands-on activities which allows students to play an active role in the learning process. Hands-on activities include dissections, data collection, proper microscope use, beach cleanups with pollution analysis, and more. We end our programs with an observation of a sea turtle feeding, featuring our resident green sea turtle, Captain. During the feeding, students learn about Captain’s history and injuries as well as general sea turtle biology, ecology, and conservation.
The MEEC can accommodate groups up to 30 students on site, with one chaperone required for every ten students. The program costs $10 per student which includes one chaperone free for every ten students. Please note dissection programs cost $15 per student for materials and resources. If you are interested in a field trip to the MEEC, please fill out the Education Program Request Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about our education programs, reservation requests, etc. please email us at email@example.com or call us (954) 357-5125.
The MEEC offers hands-on, experiential learning education programs about marine biology and ocean conservation for students of all ages. The programs are tailored to utilize science practices from the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. Our programs cover a variety of marine science topics and can be categorized into three categories:
These programs focus on animals who are at the risk of extinction. There are many causes of extinction but human actions are becoming a major cause for most animals. We discuss adaptations and morphology of these amazing critters. We identify threats these creatures face as well as highlight conservation efforts.
An invasive species is an organism that get introduced to a new area and has a negative impact on the environment and economy. These organisms usually outcompete native species and often do not have a predator keep their population in check. There are numerous species on land and in the water that have been introduced to the US and decimated local ecosystems. These programs highlight invasive species found in Florida and the impacts they are having on our local environment.
ecology and conservation
Nature is a complex Jenga game where every organism has a key function in the overall food web. Just like the game of Jenga, if the wrong block is removed there can be dire consequences. During these programs we highlight the importance of organisms (and resources) in the marine environment. We learn about their adaptations that allow them to thrive in their environment. Studying these complex relationships allow us to understand the interconnectedness of the planet.