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Exploring the World of Marine Science

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

Students will learn the basics of estuarine ecology and environmental sciences through a variety of field exercises and data collection techniques. The one-week course will allow students to learn about Narragansett Bay in-depth by using Save The Bay’s waterfront Bay Center laboratory, classroom, shoreline and dock space, and from bay field trips aboard Save The Bay’s education vessels.

Serving as coastal ecologists, students will evaluate the overall health of Narragansett Bay after collecting data on topics that include habitat diversity, water quality, bay taxonomy and plankton ecology. This course is an introduction to the wide variety of marine biology, environmental science, and ecology classes that a student could take in the future if they would like to gain more knowledge in this subject area.

Students will, throughout the course, learn about the 5 functions of a salt marsh, identify species throughout the rocky shore, sandy beach, and salt marsh, understand how biotic/abiotic factors affect where organisms live, identify invasive species, conduct shoreline surveys, describe what water quality is and how it affects life in and around Narragansett Bay, explain eutrophication and its affect on water quality, name the two types of plankton and why they’re important, identify plankton species, understand topographical maps, explain the concept of a watershed, and describe how human land development affects Narragansett Bay.

By the end of this course students will have conducted a variety of activities including examining the microscopic world of plankton; trawling for creatures from the Bay floor; and using scientific equipment to test local water quality for salinity, dissolved oxygen, thermoclines, and turbidity.

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