Volunteer TrainingOur experiential programs are designed with a balanced approach of attempting to meet teacher’s needs in the classroom and while introducing students to the research and stewardship activities at the Reserve. The education program’s philosophy is that students, while onsite, are immersed in experiential, problem-based learning opportunities that focus on the scientific process. In addition to teaching students responsible ways to utilize technology for research, we provide students with equipment relevant to what field science professionals utilize.

General information about our programs

  • Reservation is required
  • Lessons are aligned to State and National standards, and Ocean and Estuarine Literacy Principles
  • Minimum 10 students; Maximum 45 students (per day)
  • Two hours long (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.); welcome to bring/eat lunch at picnic tables afterwards
  • No fee for school groups with reservation
  • 10:1 student:teacher/chaperone ratio (no more than six chaperones)

Click on the tabs below for more information and to reserve a date for your school group. For a detailed description of our Education Program (goals, objectives, alignment, resources) please click here.

Estuary Explorers programEstuary Explorers, an environmental education program that builds environmental literacy and encourages personal responsibility while educating students about estuarine science through a combination of classroom curriculum and hands-on experiences. Click here to begin the reservation process.

Because each teacher and classroom is unique we provide six different student field experiences for teachers to select from. The idea is you will select a field experience that correlates to what is being taught in the classroom. Thus, supporting your teaching efforts. Below are links one-pagers outlining the overall concepts and correlating standard alignment.

Level One: Traditional Estuary Explorers
Level Two: Traditional Estuary Explorers
Level Three: Coastal Expeditions
Level Four: Plankton Explorers
Level Five: Forest Expeditions
Level Six: Migrating Marshes
SummerCamp_Seining_2014The middle and high school and college programs are structured around long-term monitoring and research programs occurring at the Reserve. In order to connect students to the program, the Living Lab Series are field experiences that are designed to assist with the integration of classroom curriculum into field research. The current experiences include: Beach Biosphere, Migrating Marshes, Planet Plankton, and Salt Marsh Seining. The framework for each experience allows for the difficulty level to be adjusted according to the grade level. Click here to begin the reservation process.

The Living Lab Series are also aligned with NOAA’s Estuaries 101 Curriculum.

Similar to Estuary Explorers, because each teacher and classroom is unique we provide four different student field experiences for teachers to select from. The idea is you will select a field experience that correlates to what is being taught in the classroom. Thus, supporting your teaching efforts. Below are links one-pagers outlining the overall concepts and correlating standard alignment.

Beach Biosphere
Migrating Marshes
Planet Plankton
Salt Marsh Seining
Stay tuned for additional information.