Bring Your Classroom Closer To The Water

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The WaterFront Center offers a wide array of place-based, experiential learning opportunities for schools, scout groups, camps, and students of all ages. Programs embed knowledge through active engagement and self-discovery, utilizing our vast outdoor classroom and highlighting the unique habitats that surround our facility.
Our curriculum can be modified for classroom-based programs that allow students to interact with marine animals, and introduce STEM-based lessons covering a wide array of topics. Programs have a variety of customizable options that allow teachers to reach their curriculum goals and align with state science standards.

Design Your Program in the following steps:

1): Choose Your Location

Our unique location enables students to explore the marine environment in several ways. Topics and activities are designed to take advantage of our unique location, but can also be adjusted for classroom-based experiences.

On-Site Field Trips

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Involves hands-on activities on the beach, in our lab space, on our fleet of Sonars, and aboard Christeen.

In-School Programs

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Allows students to formulate experiments, interact with marine animals, and engage in STEM activities.

2): Choose Your Topic(s)

We offer a variety of unique, interactive, and hands-on STEM and Marine Science activities. Our most popular programs (listed below) can be incorporated into most lesson plans:
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Biology & Ecology
Earth & Physical Science
MARINE NAVIGATION & S.T.E.M
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    The birthplace of a sea turtle is also the site of its future nesting grounds.
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    All About Turtles
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    The birthplace of a sea turtle is also the site of its future nesting grounds.
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    Alternative Energy
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    Students get to design and test their own!  
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    Anemometers
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    Learn about the tiny organisms that represent the base of the marine food chain.
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    Biology of Plankton
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    How can we use nature to inspire new innovative technologies? Wind turbines, bottom paint, imaging devices, cars, and even sensors have been designed from taking a closer look at aquatic creatures.
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    Biomimicry
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    How much weight can your clay boat hold before sinking? Can it beat other boats in a downwind challenge for speed?
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    Buoyancy Challenge & Gutter Boat Races
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    What is camouflage? We will explore different examples of marine camouflage.
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    Camouflage
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    Who wrote the ransom note? Use the technique of paper chromatography to solve the mystery and learn how and why scientists use various chromatography techniques.
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    Chromatography Sleuth
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    How do scientists take core samples? Let’s try it out on our own mini model and learn about the different particle sizes of sediments!
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    Core Sampling
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    Have you heard the legends? Is it possible to have two distinct layers of water that allow for objects to float on the surface and middle of the water column, as well as sink to the bottom?
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    Davy Jones/ Layered Ocean
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    How long does it take various materials to decompose? Any surprises?
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    Decomposition
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    Did you know that a fish’s body shape, fins, mouth placement, and coloring provide clues about where it spends its time, what it eats, and more?
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    Design-A-Fish
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    This activity teaches what a dichotomous key is, how to use it, and provides students with an opportunity to design their own!
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    Dichotomous Keys
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    Here we introduce/ review how a compass is used as well as explain the three norths: true, magnetic, and grid.
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    Getting Your Bearings
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    Three significant habitats exist at our site: fresh water, salt water, and marsh.
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    Harbor Habitats (Estuary Exploration & Ecology)
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    Hermit crabs are fascinating creatures! When a hermit crab outgrows its shell, it must leave it and find a larger one.
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    Hermit Crabs
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    The Culper Ring was a spy organization that operated throughout New York City and Long Island Sound during the Revolutionary War.
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    Hidden Messages
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    Students pretend to be in a medical laboratory. They just received a new shipment of a trial vaccine.
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    Horseshoe Crab Blood

3): Schedule Your Program

From moon-lit Horseshoe Crab Tagging to early morning sailing aboard Christeen, scheduling is completely customizable. Field trips and in-school programs can be range in duration from 60 minute activities to multi-day experiences.
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