Sea Lab Science Friday: Ocean Animal Biology

Boy looks into jar with water collected from the dock.

  • Date: December 8, 2023 (FULL), February 23, 2024, or April 12, 2024
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Three classes offered throughout the day.
    • Attend one, two, or three classes.
  • Cost: $10 per class
  • Register: Complete form for each participant.

Sea Lab Science Friday is a ‘drop-in’ field class program hosted by Discovery Hall Programs perfect for homeschooled students, parents and caretakers seeking enrichment opportunities.

Learners can participate in one, two, or all three of the classes offered during Science Friday.

Ocean Animal Biology focuses on marine animals of all sizes and where they live.

Gulf Coast Marine Animals – 9:30-11:30 am

Join us for an entertaining and informative introduction to a variety of marine species from the coast of Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico. After introducing local species of invertebrate and vertebrate animals such as the sponge, jellyfish, sea star, clam, snail, crab, shark, fish, octopus, and more, participants will be able to touch, hold, and examine specimens. This curiosity generating activity will have participants learning about the animals’ adaptations, life cycles, and basic marine ecology.

What to bring: a water bottle and excitement!

Suitable for all ages.

The Microscopic World of Plankton – 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Join us for an exciting look at some of the smallest and most amazing creatures on the planet - plankton. The word plankton comes from the Greek word “planktos” meaning to wander. The more we learn about the ocean, the more we realize how incredibly important plankton are. They are the base of many ocean food chains and they are responsible for much of the oxygen in our atmosphere, but they do have their dark side. Come practice your collecting and microscope skills as we explore the world of plankton.

What to bring: a water bottle and curiosity!

Suitable for ages 10 and up, or for all ages with an accompanying adult.

Wetland Ecology: The Salt Marsh – 3:00-5:00

Come explore with us and learn about an essential and fascinating local habitat - the salt marsh. During our exploration, we’ll discuss the critical role of wetland ecosystems, we’ll investigate the plants and animals found in this stressful habitat, and get firsthand experience examining its food web. After a brief chat setting the stage, we’ll head to the marsh on our science bus and explorers will have the opportunity to ‘sink into their explorations’ by dragging seine nets, sieving mud, scooping up animals, and becoming up close and personal with marsh grasses.

What to wear and bring: old clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy, sneakers that lace tightly for walking in the mud, (no flip-flops, Crocs, Tevas, etc.), a hat to shade the sun while outside, sunscreen, a water bottle and your sense of adventure!

Suitable for ages 10 and up, or for all ages with an accompanying adult.