Marine Science Camp

A Week of Immersion In Marine Science on Dauphin Island, AL

Led by Former College Professor Greg Landry

(has led academic camps for over 10 years)
 

This Camp is Limited to 14 Students on a First-Come, First-Served Basis

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Guys Camp - February 27 - March 5, 2022

Girls Camp - April 24-30, 2022

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"Greg, ...your orientation toward training students to be researchers and critical thinkers is just what our girls needed. It has also spilled over into how they approach history and literature..."

Carol

"Greg, ...what you did for our daughter will have far reaching effects. You showed her that learning can be enjoyable..."

"Greg,... your teaching motivates my kids like no teacher ever has. Thank you for bringing some joy back in to our homeschooling."

Katy in Virginia

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Questions? Click here to contact Greg Landry

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Greetings,

I'm very excited about this camp! It is a unique opportunity for students to be immersed in the world of marine science for a week. Whether you have a student who already loves marine science or a student who just wants to explore marine science, they'll love this camp. And, they'll come away with a great experience and a full understanding of the scope of marine science.

We'll breathe, eat, sleep, work, and play marine science... and have lots of fun in the process. Your student will be well supervised by me and other homeschooling parents. They'll be taught by me and other experienced teachers who are a part of Sea Lab research facility.

 

Please don't hesitate to email me if you have questions.

Greg

Greg Landry

Homeschool Dad & Former College Professor

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Marine Science Camp Details

Where?

We'll stay at a beach house on Dauphin Island, Alabama about 100 feet from the Gulf of Mexico. Our "LAB" and all aspects of the camp will be on and around this small subtropical island.

When?

Guys camp - February 27 - March 5, 2022

Girls camp - April 24-30, 2022

Who?

Students age 13-18 on the first day of camp are eligible to attend camp.

How many students?

Camp will be limited to 14 students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meals?

Meals are provided and most meals will be eaten at the beach house with the exceptions of a few restaurant meals during the week. Students are welcome to bring snacks if they'd like.

Supervision?

Male students will be supervised by Greg Landry and two homeschool dads. Female students will be supervised by Greg Landry and two homeschool moms.

Note: if you're a homeschool mom or dad and have an interest in applying to be a "camp counselor" for our Marine Science Camp, please email Greg Landry.

Spiritual aspects?

We'll have a daily devotional / prayer time and the focus of the camp will be illuminating God's creation.

Credit for your student's transcript?

Transcript credit is one semester of marine science with lab.

Prerequisites?

There are no prerequisites for this camp. If students want to do some preparation, we'll suggest some optional reading.

Preparation?

In preparation for camp we'll meet three times (once per week in the three weeks prior to camp) in our online classroom to discuss getting ready for camp and for students to "meet" the other students who will be attending.

What about Covid-19?

During the dates of camp, if Covid-19 is at a point that does not allow for safe gatherings, we'll reschedule the camp dates. You'll have the option of a refund or to remain registered for the new dates.


 

What will we do?

Part of what we do will be on our own and part in conjunction with programs of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Estuarium research facility...

  • Estuaries Boat Trip

The group will explore Mobile Bay and/or the Gulf of Mexico aboard the research boat Alabama Discovery. The students will learn about the biology, ecology, and diversity of this incredible ecosystem by trawling to collect and identify animals that inhabit Alabama’s coastal waters. Students will also have the opportunity to use scientific equipment to observe plankton and to measure various physical parameters of the water while at sea.

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----- Touch Lab with Squid Dissection

introduction on the major marine phyla found along the Gulf Coast, accompanied by interesting facts and anecdotes. Students can participate in the touch lab and the Phylum Mollusca is emphasized, and the anatomy of cephalopods is examined through a well-structured squid dissection during the second half of this program.

----- ROVing the Gulf - Build a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)

Sttudents will learn about new and exciting technology that scientists use to study the ocean, especially the deep sea. After an engaging presentation on ocean bathymetry, the Gulf of Mexico and the deep sea, and a brief introduction to design principles, student teams build their own remotely operated vehicle (ROV). They will test their design and driving skills by deploying the ROVs in the Sea Lab swimming pool.

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----- Ocean Currents & Drifters for GPS Tracking - Launch Your Own Drifter

We'll study ocean currents and the gulf stream and how currents are tracked by marine scientists. Drifters are devices that track water currents and they can be constructed from simple and inexpensive materials, launched in local waters, and followed through a phone app using GPS tracking.  Drifters have been used to track oil from spills, lost vessels, and even trash in the ocean.

----- Coastal Habitat Beach Exploration & Habitat Study

The high-energy side of Dauphin Island is a dynamic landscape. Erosion occurs daily, but tropical storms and hurricanes can have a dramatic effect. After an introduction to the beach, dune, and maritime forest habitats, students will explore them. Along the way, various animals and plants will be identified and discussed, highlighting their adaptations to their physical environment.

----- Wetland Marsh Ecology - Seine Nets

Students are introduced to estuaries and the important role they play in the food webs. The salt marsh, an important wetland habitat associated with the estuary, is full of both plants and animals. Students will be introduced to the salt marsh and they will have the opportunity to 'sink into their studies' by dragging seine nets, sieving mud, and scooping up animals. Identification and interesting facts about their catch are discussed.

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----- Coastal Oceanography

This program introduces students to concepts of physical oceanography. The emphasis is on waves, their characteristics, and how scientists measure them. Hurricanes, which have an incredible amount of wave energy, are also discussed. Other topics include currents, tides, salinity, and beach erosion. A scientific approach is used to collect random samples and data is graphed. After an introduction in the classroom, the students will measure waves in the Gulf of Mexico.

----- Sea Lab Aquarium Visit

We'll visit the Sea Lab aquarium as we study and enjoy the beauty of God's creation. The Aquarium is an exciting educational venue highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands, and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. It includes the 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, a 7,000-gallon stingray touch pool, and the Living Marsh Boardwalk. This facility has 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. The Aquarium showcases the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the estuary and its surrounding marine habitats.

----- Visit Historic Maritime Fort Morgan via Ferry Boat

We'll travel by ferry boat from Dauphin Island to visit historic maritime Fort Morgan. Used intermittently through the Spanish American War, World War I, and World War II, the site showcases the evolution of seacoast fortifications and adaptations made by the U.S. Army for the defense of the country. In 1946 the site was turned over to the State of Alabama as a historic site.

----- Swimming at the Beach

We'll also have some downtime at the beach (just outside our door) and exploring the small island. But of course, we could also incorporate some learning experiences there too. :)

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----- Coastal Exploration on Pontoon Boat

We'll explore the coast of Dauphin Island and Mobile Bay in a pontoon boat for fun (and learning experiences) along the way.

----- Audubon Bird Sanctuary

We'll tour the 164 acres of Dauphin Island Audubon Bird sanctuary. Dauphin Island is an important stop for many bird migrations, as it is often the first land birds encounter when crossing the Gulf of Mexico. We'll get to see a wide variety of birds and we'll study their marine-related migration and their part in marine science.

----- The Ideal Marine Science Classroom

Using the island, beach, and the Gulf of Mexico as our classroom we'll study islands, beaches, marine birds, boats and buoyancy, marine navigation, the climate of bodies of water, tides, light and sound in water, pressure, and temperature in water, extreme marine environments, etc.

Questions? Click here to contact Greg Landry

Note: if you're a homeschool mom or dad and have an interest in applying to be a "camp counselor" for our Marine Science Camp, please email Greg Landry.

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Led by Former College Professor Greg Landry

(has led academic camps for over 10 years)
 

This Camp is Limited to 14 Students on a First-Come, First-Served Basis

 

Guys Camp - February 27 - March 5, 2022

Girls Camp - April 24-30, 2022

Camp Fee
 

$1,976 ($2,470 minus 20% current early registration discount)
 

Note: During the dates of camp, if Covid-19 is at a point that does not allow
for safe gatherings, we'll reschedule the camp dates. You'll have the option
of a refund or to remain registered for the new dates.