Marine Discovery

About

Sponsored by the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Marine Discovery is an outreach program designed to teach students in grades 3-8 about the importance of our oceans. Marine Discovery workshop stations are hands-on, activity-based programs which provide students with the opportunity to learn about the diversity of life in marine environments. The workshop stations are facilitated by University of Arizona students.

Program Goals

  • To encourage students to "think like scientists" using their observational, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • To introduce students to the marine environment and conservation, with a focus on the nearby Sea of Cortez. 
  • To provide students with the opportunity to discover the diversity of marine life.
  • To engage students in science and encourage their pursuit of higher education.

Workshop Stations

  • Shark Dissection: Students are led through the dissection of a dogfish (Squalus), with an emphasis on body form and function, and adaptations to the marine environment.
  • Plankton: Students learn about the types of plankton in our oceans, their importance in the marine food web, and their unique adaptations that help them survive in marine environments..
  • Fish Diversity: Students observe fish specimens from a variety of habitats to learn how their unique characteristics, such as body shape, size, and color, help them function in the ocean.
  • Seashell Classification (NEW!): Students use their observational skills to determine how to classify seashells, while learning about mollusks and adaptations.
  • Marine Food Web (NEW!): Students will dissect simulated marine consumer stomachs to learn about different types of consumers and the interdependence of organisms. Students will learn how energy is transferred through organisms in the marine food web.

 

Program Details

Audience:

3rd - 8th grade

Group Size:

10 - 40 students
(over 40 students will require two registrations)

Timeline:

Fall Semester, Tuesday - Fridays

Arrival Time:

9:15 a.m.

Program Time:

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Duration:

2 hours

Pricing

Standard K-12 School/Youth Organization

  • Base Rate: $80 for up to 10 participants
  • + $8 for each additional participant

Optional Add-ons
(separate registration required on our field trip page)
+$4 per participant to add on exhibits (adds one hour)
+$4 per participant to add on a planetarium show (adds one hour)

 

Title I K-12 Schools

  • Base Rate: $60 for up to 10 participants
  • + $6 for each additional participant

Optional Add-ons
(separate registration required on our field trip page)
+$3 per participant to add on exhibits (adds one hour)
+$3 per participant to add on a planetarium show (adds one hour)

Limited grant funding is available for Title I schools for Discovery Workshops. (NOTE: Grant funding covers the cost of the discovery workshop only. It does not cover optional add-on experiences.)

 

Teachers and Chaperones

Teachers are free.

Chaperones are the same price as a participant listed above ($6 to $8 each). Due to room capacity in the Discovery Labs, the number of adults accompanying your group is limited to 5.

 

Tip: Make sure to register for an event with the title "Marine Discovery Workshop" to experience this program. 

The first workshops are offered in late September.

 

SCHEDULE A MARINE DISCOVERY PROGRAM HERE
 

For questions, please contact:

Heather Parra, Education & Outreach Manager

heatherparra@arizona.edu

520-626-1032