Marine Biology Series for Homeschool Students

This drop-off style program for homeschool students ages 10-13 will meet on Thursdays from April 12- May 31. The cost is $240/per person and you must register for entire series. Refunds will be issued (minus $25 processing fee) if received 1 week in advance.

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Science Standards

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience

Class Descriptions

April 12: Introduction to Field Biology and Biodiversity

10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Aquarium

  • Introduction to biodiversity data collection and sampling methods. Practice identifying and measuring commonly seen specimens. Begin grouping animals together based on habitats, adaptations, and place in the food web.
April 19: Marine Life Study Cruise

9-11:30 a.m. at the Aquarium

  • Participate in a variety of biodiversity sampling methods including plankton tow, biodredge, and otter trawl. Identify, quantify, and measure species in each sample. Observe and discuss their adaptations for survival, place in the Long Island Sound food web. 
April 26: Water Quality Monitoring/Cycles

10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Aquarium

  • Conduct water quality tests to collect information on temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and nitrogen. Develop an understanding of the natural cycles that occur in water as well as human impacts that may alter those cycles. Analyze historic Long Island Sound water quality data sets, make correlations between changes in water quality and changes in animal populations, and identify how those dynamics may alter entire ecosystems.
May 3: Shoreline Scientist Program

9-11 a.m. at Calf Pasture Beach

  • Conduct biodiversity surveys in the muddy, rocky, water’s edge habitats of the intertidal zone including identifying species, quantifying, and measuring. Students will have the opportunity to conduct seine pulls to sample fish, jellies, and more. Observe and discuss their adaptations for survival and place in the Long Island Sound food web. Drop-off will take place at Calf Pasture Beach.
May 10: Biodiversity Data Analysis

10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Aquarium

  • Take a deeper look at the biodiversity data collected from the cruise and beach explorations. Students will graph their data to compare it to historic data looking for trends and correlations. Create a food web of Long Island Sound using the organisms sampled from both explorations focusing on trophic levels and transfer of energy within a system. Discuss how biotic and abiotic elements affect ecosystem dynamics.
May 17: Microscopes/Plankton

10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Aquarium

  • Learn how to operate different types of microscopes to view small to microscopic organisms and objects. Prepare slides of plant and human cells then practice focusing, measuring, and doing technical drawings of each. Then identify the types of zoo and phytoplankton in a few drops of Long Island Sound water to understand why plankton is an essential component of the Long Island Sound ecosystem.
May 24: Fish Dissection

10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Aquarium

  • Observe the external and internal anatomy of a yellow perch. Examine fish scales and gill filaments under a microscope, and identify and group organs into essential life support systems. Look for differences between a fish’s anatomy and humans focusing on adaptations for survival.
May 31: Careers and Conservation

9-11 a.m. at the Aquarium

  • Take a tour of the Aquarium through a scientific lens. Discover the types of dynamic careers essential to efficiently operating our organization from animal husbandry, to aquatic engineers, educators, and scientists. Go behind-the-scenes to see our life support systems and daily animal care tasks as well as learn about the different scientific studies that we are pursuing and our conservation initiatives.


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Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

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