School and Group Programs
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At Your School or Club
Site visits are generally aimed at the pre K-5 grade age groups, although it is possible to modify for older students. Visits include a brief introduction to the rocky beach ecosystem and organisms that live there. The instructor will lead students through a discussion of several organisms while explaining special characteristics and adaptations of each animal. After the introduction, students spend time at three stations with different living rocky beach organisms. Students are taught proper handling technique and are invited to handle the animals. A brief wrap-up will emphasize the concepts learned in the program. We are able to adjust program toward specific focus (i.e. habitats, living vs. non-living, ecosystems, adaptations, etc).
Space requirements: This program requires salt water, which we will provide. A room that can accommodate minor accidental spills is necessary. Elevator or ramps are required, as our materials will be wheeled in by cart. Low tables or flat desks to place three trays on are ideal, or the floor can be used. Children normally sit on the floor during the introduction and wrap-up. Site visit program runs approximately 45 mins - 1 hour and can usually be tailored to your school period schedule.
At the Marine Science Center
Children and young adults are able to explore and survey classic New England rocky intertidal habitats located just meters outside lab facilities. Extended investigations of intertidal habitats and organisms are also available using lab facilities. If time permits, students will be escorted across the dramatic geology of East Point and learn about the area's unique and renowned natural and human history.
Other topics and lessons may be arranged with advance notice.
These are available to college and universities. Unguided program participants will have access to restrooms and a water fountain, but will otherwise conduct their activities outside. Use of indoor classroom space, water tables, microscopes, and other equipment may be permitted with prior approval of the Director of the MSC.
You will be invoiced after-the-fact for outreach programs, but in the event that you choose to pay in advance, please note that all checks must be made payable to NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY.