Join us for our Annual EPIC Field Trip to the Savannah Marine Education Center & Aquarium!
For members of EPIC Homeschool Network, the activities on Wednesday are covered for kids with your membership. Parents will have to pay for themselves. This does NOT include the overnight and Thursday activities.
This event takes place on Wednesday May 3, 2023 with the add on options for Thursday, May 4, 2023.
The Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island has served as the education arm of the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service since 1972. The Aquarium’s mission is to develop the public’s understanding and appreciation of the numerous coastal marine environments in the state of Georgia, and to foster respect for the beauty and complexity of these environments. We encourage stewardship of ocean and coastal resources and provide opportunities that allow individuals to make informed decisions about current coastal issues and environmental challenges. The mission is fulfilled through dynamic programs delivered by professional personnel at a unique coastal facility and via diverse field sites.
The Marine Education Center and Aquarium operates year round and offers a hands-on, feet-in approach to learning marine science and coastal ecology. Programs are available to students in grades PK-12 as well as college, teachers, and public audiences. Field-based, laboratory, and interactive discussion programs address diverse marine science and coastal ecology topics. Group visits to the facility range in length from one hour to several days. All programs are aligned with Georgia Performance, National Science, and Ocean Literacy Standards.
During this field trips students will engage in the following:
Wednesday, May 3 at 1 p.m. – Sea Star Program (FREE FOR MEMBER KIDS)Marine science for K-4 is best when it involves exciting hands-on lessons. Students investigate grade-specific marine science concepts through small group activities. The program includes structured aquarium exploration and handling marine invertebrates housed in our touch tanks. 2 hours
ADD ON: Thursday, May 4 at 9:00 a.m. – Maritime Forest Hike (Add on cost of $25 pp)
Hike through on-site transitional and mature maritime forests to experience coastal Georgia’s climax plant community. Examine the diverse plants and animals found here through close observation and nature study. Discuss Native American dependence on the salt marsh and the adjacent forest for survival and modern man’s use of these plant communities. 1 hour
(Please see the Agenda below.)
Wednesday, May 3 at 2 p.m. – Intro to Fishes and Fish Dissection OR Fish Identification (FREE FOR MEMBER KIDS)
Introduction to FishesDid you know that 3/5 of all vertebrate species on this planet are fishes? Using preserved specimens and skulls, students discover the secret lives of fishes during this interactive discussion session. Combine this class with an Aquarium Tour, Fish Identification Lab, or Fish Dissection for a well-rounded view of the biology and diversity of this amazing group of animals. 45-60 minutes
Fish IdentificationThis session is a great add-on to Introduction to Fishes and Fish Dissection. Using dichotomous keys, students identify fishes based on external features. If time allows, shark identification is included as well as discussion of the diversity and responsible management of coastal fishes. 1 hour
Fish DissectionCombine this session with Introduction to Fishes and Fish Identification to investigate the external anatomy, internal organs and reproductive systems of bony fishes. Students compare features of a fish’s life-style to those of humans and other organisms in order to learn how fish are specifically adapted for life in the water. 1.5 hours
ADD ON: Thursday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m. – Bottlenose Dolphin Study (Add on cost of $25 pp)Following an introductory discussion on cetacean biology, students board skiffs to explore coastal waters while searching for dolphins. From spy hopping to tail slapping, students observe and record dolphin behavior and listen to underwater sounds using a hydrophone. 3.5 hours (Please see the Agenda below.)