Blue crab caught in seine net.

Living Lab Series

Our Living Lab Series are programs 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 framework for each experience allows for the difficulty level to be adjusted according to grade level. All the levels are aligned with NOAA’s Estuaries 101 Curriculum.

Similar to the Junior Living Lab Series, because each teacher and classroom is unique we provide four different student field experiences for teachers to select from. We hope you select a field experience that correlates to what is being taught in the classroom, thus, supporting teaching efforts. Below are general logistics and links to one-pagers outlining the overall concepts and correlating standard alignment.

Fee: $10/trip (non-refundable) + $140/trip (if participating teacher(s) do not complete the online welcome module before their scheduled trip). The online welcome module will be sent to the teacher prior to their visit in a reminder email. For more details please see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Reservations are required (see below to begin reservation)

Number of Students/Day: Minimum 15 students; Maximum 50 students (per day)

Number of Teachers/Chaperones per Day: must be a 10:1 student:teacher/chaperone ratio with no more than 6 chaperones per visit

Program Length: Two hours long (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.); welcome to bring/eat lunch at picnic tables afterwards

Each level is designed to engage students with research and conservation activities occurring at the GTM Research Reserve. The increasing levels do not reflect increasing complexity. Below each level are links to how each level aligns to St. Johns School District Curriculum Maps (based on grade level). Ideally, this will assist you in deciding which level would be most beneficial to your students during certain times of the year.

Level Seven: Beach Biosphere

Level Eight: Migrating Marshes

Level Nine: Planet Plankton

Level Ten: Salt Marsh Seining

For a detailed description of our Education Program (goals, objectives, alignment, resources) please click here.

Fee: If you complete the online welcome module (will be sent to the teachers via email prior to their scheduled visit) then your program will cost: $10 donation + transportation cost. If you do not complete the online welcome module then your program will cost: $10 donation + $140 donation (to be invoiced on the day of your program) + transportation cost.

Professional Development: Please see the note about the $140 donation fee waiver above. Does every teacher that will be coming to the GTM Research Reserve need to complete the online welcome module? Yes. If you have questions please email our Education Coordinator (EMAIL).

Reservations: Reservations are required and must be completed online. If you are having issues with your reservation please email our Education Coordinator (EMAIL).

If there are any issues while reserving a student field experience please reach out to Kenneth Rainer (Kenneth.Rainer@floridadep.gov).

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Level Seven - Beach Biosphere $10.00
Level Eight - Migrating Marshes $10.00
Level Nine - Planet Plankton $10.00
Level Ten - Salt Marsh Seining $10.00
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