Students Wanted for UNH's
Coastal Floating Lab
Contact: Kathleen Schmitt
NH Sea Grant
April 8, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. -- Area middle school and high school students will
be getting their hands wet this spring learning about marine and
estuarine environments. This is the 26th year of the Coastal Floating
Lab, a marine education program sponsored by NH Sea Grant and University
of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Space is still available
for this season, May 12-28.
Students learn marine
science first-hand at the Coastal Floating Lab, a marine education
program sponsored by NH Sea Grant and University of New Hampshire
Students and their teachers will experience a half-day adventure
aboard the Lady Merrilee Ann, a 70-foot boat from Eastman's Fishing
Fleet operating out of Seabrook, N.H. They will be led by Marine
Docents, a group of trained volunteers dedicated to the preservation
and wise use of marine resources, and by UNH students.
The boat is outfitted with basic oceanographic sampling equipment.
While onboard, students will test water quality, sample plankton
communities, and learn basic coastal navigation techniques. While
the students operate equipment, take samples and keep records, the
boat will travel to three sampling sites: beginning at the dock,
moving to a point in the harbor, and then proceeding out a short
distance into the ocean.
Students and their teachers will average their collected data back
in the classroom and report their results to NH Sea Grant. This
data will then be compiled into a profile of this year's study which
will become a part of the Coastal Floating Lab's database. This
information will be made available to subsequent classes who participate
in the program.
“New Hampshire's coast — its marches, estuaries, beaches,
rocky shoreline and open ocean — is an important resource
to the state, and crucial decisions will be made in the next few
decades by the students who are in school today,” says Sharon
Meeker, NH Sea Grant marine education specialist. “The goal
of the Coastal Floating Lab is to increase students' knowledge and
appreciation of coastal resources to help ensure that those decisions
will be enlightened ones.”
The program is N.H. educational frameworks-based and includes an
accompanying curriculum for participating teachers. The cost is
$370 for a three-hour session. Interested teachers should contact
Sharon Meeker or Barbara Pinto-Maurer at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 603-749-1565. A reservation form is available at the UNH Marine
Docent Web site: www.unh.edu/marine-education.