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Oysters, Plankton, and Estuaries!

May 8, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

These programs will be taught on May 8th at the Edisto Learning Center, which is located on Edisto Island. Off of State Hwy 174, turn right at Palmetto Road (just past the Hardware store). Go 1.3 miles and take the fork onto a dirt road to the left as the road turns hard to the right, take the second right following signs to the Environmental Learning Center.

The following programs will be offered on May 8th at the Edisto Learning Center, with each student completing the activities offered for their denoted age group. Please make sure you have registered accordingly for the age requirement.

Programs:

5-9 years old*:

Salt Marsh Field Study:

Join us for a muddy trek through the marsh to explore its importance and biodiversity. Students will use quadrats to replicate current research sampling methods while practicing species identification and data collection. Students will learn about adaptations of observed wildlife and human impacts on the salt marsh.

Oyster Reef Community

South Carolina oyster reefs provide important habitat and food for many species living in the estuary. In this activity, students will comb through reef samples to collect, organize and identify the many organisms living within. Students will determine the community structure of their oyster reef sample to share with the class and investigate how water quality and invasive species affect reefs.

Planet Plankton:

Did you know that phytoplankton is responsible for producing more than 60% of the oxygen in the air we breathe? In this activity, students will collect, observe, and identify phytoplankton and zooplankton using microscopes and learn of their importance to estuarine and ocean life.

10-18 years old:

Discovery Vessel Program (limited to 35 passengers)

Students collect water quality data and sample marine organisms that are collected by a trawl net during the vessel program. There will be an investigation into the organisms’ form and function while identifying them. Students learn about local conservation issues and benefits of the estuary while developing critical scientific investigation skills.

Planet Plankton:

Did you know that phytoplankton is responsible for producing more than 60% of the oxygen in the air we breathe? In this activity, students will collect, observe, and identify phytoplankton and zooplankton using microscopes and learn of their importance to estuarine and ocean life.

*For children under the age of 5, we will be providing some self-guided activities away from the above programs. This will give young children the opportunity to stay engaged with marine resources while the other students learn!

Details

Date:
May 8, 2019
Time:
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Event Categories:
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Website:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oysters-plankton-and-estuaries-tickets-48171084009?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Organizer

SC Dept. of Natural Resources

Venue

Edisto Beach Environmental Learning Center
Oyster Row Ln
Edisto Island, SC 29438
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