8th Grade Marine Science Curriculum

St. Johns County School District
MARINE SCIENCE PROGRAM

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM
(students entering the 8th grade in August of 2019)

TWO WEEK SESSIONS:
May 29 to June 7
June 10 to June 20
June 24 to July 3

(Note: The program will  run on some Fridays, please check each date carefully) 

FIRST ROTATION:
SALT MARSH ECOLOGY, FRESHWATER SPRINGS ECOLOGY AND GEOLOGY, KAYAKING SKILLS AND SAFETY, SNORKELING SKILLS AND SAFETY

SECOND ROTATION:
PHYSICAL DYNAMICS OF WAVE ENERGY, SURFING SKILLS AND SAFETY, WINDSURFING AND SAILING SKILLS AND SAFETY

THIRD ROTATION:
STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING (SUP), PLANKTON STUDIES, BIOLOGICAL SAMPLING TECHNIQUES

FOURTH ROTATION:
COASTAL ECOSYSTEM COMPARISONS, SAMPLING TECHNIQUES AND DATA COLLECTION, CANOE TRIP

 

ALL CLASSES:
Students will develop skills for using various marine ecology instruments and tools such as: hydrometer, secchi disk, Kemmerer water sampling bottle, water quality test kits, dissolved oxygen kits, Ponar grab sampler, marine worm suction tubes, YSI flow meter, plankton nets, pH meters, cast and seine nets, plant presses, GPS chart plotter, VHS radio, depth recorder, and quadrate sampling equipment.