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Homeschooler Marine Science Program-- May 9-11, 2012, Wallops Island -- near Chincoteague & Assateague Islands
Marine Science Consortium, 2/15/2012

Editor's Note from Susan: Many wonderful field trip opportunities for homeschoolers come through on my email regularly-- but this one really seems truly unique and wonderful! So special that the Marine Science Consortium is organizing this spring (and follow-up Fall...) program just for homeschooling families. I hope that any of you who attend will post about how it went! And I've certainly known a number of homeschool kids who've been especially intrigued by marine science. 

Homeschooler Marine Science Program

This is a 2 day overnight Marine Science Adventure course for Homeschoolers at the Marine Science Consortium. The consortium is located on Wallops Island, near the islands of Chincoteague and Assateague on Virginia Eastern Shore. It’s a gorgeous area and a fun science based camp for students and parents/teachers. This Marine Science Adventure Camp is just for Homeschoolers and their families.

Please Pass this field trip opportunity on to any interested homeschooling families

 

Marine Science Consortium’s Homeschooler Marine Science Program

    Don't have a laboratory in your basement or an Oceanic Research Vessel in your backyard? Don’t worry, here at the Marine Science Consortium we understand the challenges parents face when they teach science in the home. The Marine Science Consortium is your resource for bridging the gap between marine science curriculum and student understanding. Our Homeschoolers Workshops are tailored for the budding Marine Biologist in your home. Our workshops provide hands-on observation of marine environments and life forms and time to socialize with other young marine biologist.

    Since 1968 The Marine Science Consortium has educated and inspired thousands of children, youth, and adults about the marine and coastal ecosystems along the Mid-Atlantic Region through place-based, hands-on experiences.  The bays, marshes, beaches, maritime forests, and off-shore waters of Virginia's Eastern Shore are The Marine Science Consortium's classroom.  Whether you are an individual interested in learning more about coastal and marine systems or seeking to pursue a career in marine sciences, The Marine Science Consortium offers a wonderful variety of opportunities to meet your educational and/or research goals.

Registration is Now Open

Register for Homeschooler Marine Science Adventure programs by clicking on the links below. These programs fill quickly!

Marine Science Consortium Website – Program Information: http://msconsortium.org/#/homeschoolers-marine-adventure/4537567584

Direct link to online program registration form (registration is first come first serve a fills quickly):https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dEtVQ3FkdnAtVDJTTUZNc2o0TkE5U1E6MA#gid=0

Homeschooler Program Cost

(prices include all instruction, fieldtrips, transportation to fieldtrip sites, materials, meals and lodging)

 

1st Year Homeschool programs

2012 Dates : May 9-11, 2012, June 6-8, 2012, and  September 19-21, 2012

Program Ages 9-15

Program Cost:                                           

•           $130.00 - per child age 9-15

•           $110.00 - first parent/chaperone  (additional parent/chaperones $130)

•           $130.00 - siblings age 3-8 (younger sibling may attend and participate, but are unable to attend the research cruise field trip because of age restrictions on the boat.)

•           Free- siblings age 2 and under

$95.00/$75.00 = (Commuter Rate: Commuter Rate includes all meals)

Homeschool Returners 2nd Year Program 

2012 Dates : October 03 - 06 2012

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This program is for homeschoolers that attended our 2010 and 2011 programming. This program is 3 days long and includes a marsh class, boat trip, beach / dune ecology course, visit to restricted Wallops Island, waves and tides class and orienteering course.

Program Ages 9-15

Cost:

•           $175.00 - per child age 9-15

•           $135.00 - first parent/chaperone  (additional parent/chaperones $145)

•           $135.00 - siblings age 3-8 (younger sibling may attend and participate, but are unable to attend the research cruise field trip because of age restrictions on the boat.)

•           Free- siblings age 2 and under

$120.00/$80.00 = (Commuter Rate: Commuter Rate includes all meals)

 

HOMESCHOOLER MARINE SCIENCE ADVENTURE PROGRAM SCHEDULE

 

Day 1

2:00 - 5:00 pm         Program Check in at the Education Center

3:00 – 4:45 pm       Optional Nature Walk and Forest lesson

5:00 - 6:00 pm        Dinner in MSC's Cafeteria                  

6:00 - 7:00 pm        Welcome and Orientation 

7:00 - 9:00 pm        Oceanographic Equipment Lecture

                               

 

Day 2

7:30 - 8:30 AM       Breakfast in MSC's Cafeteria

8:45 – 12:00 PM        Oceanography Research Cruise- Board one of the Marine Science Consortium’s Research Vessels, for a cruise through one of the most productive ecosystems on earth! We will trawl to sample the myriad organisms found in our estuary. Your naturalist will give you in-depth background on the lifecycle and habits of the marine organisms caught. Students will also do scientific testing to examine the physical and chemical properties of salt water.

 

12:00- 1:00 PM        Lunch in MSC's Cafeteria

1:00 – 4:00 PM        Intertidal Zone Lecture - Visit Tom's Cove and use seine nets and sieves for organism collection. We will also spend time sampling for various environmental parameters, species diversity, distribution, adaptation.

 

5:00-6:00PM            Dinner in MSC's Cafeteria

6:30 - 9:00 PM     Organism Lab In our exciting organism labs we will use Dichotomous keys, field guides and microscopes to examine the various organisms, zooplankton

and phytoplankton collected in the field

         

Day 3

7:30 - 8:30 AM       Breakfast in MSC's Cafeteria

9:00-10:00 AM       Check out and Morning Wrap Up Session

10:00-12:00 PM     Optional Field Trip  : Wallops Island Dunes Trip 


Since 1965 The Marine Science Consortium has educated and inspired
thousands of children, youth, and adults about the marine and coastal
ecosystems along the Mid-Atlantic Region through place-based, hands-
on experiences. The bays, marshes, beaches, maritime forests, and
off-shore waters of Virginia's Eastern Shore are The Marine Science
Consortium's classroom. Whether you are an individual interested in
learning more about coastal and marine systems or seeking to pursue a
career in marine sciences, The Marine Science Consortium offers a
wonderful variety of opportunities to meet your educational and/or
research goals.


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