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Science on the Bayshore in Port Norris
September 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:45 pm EDT
An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 30, 2021
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Science on the Bayshore
Science on the Bayshore is an educational series focused on providing families with hands-on, free educational programming. Each lesson is 45 minutes long, and they rotate workshops each week to make it easier to meet your schedule.
The classes are ongoing, so you can attend any Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday sessions that work for you! They will keep track of which workshops you attend so that your child can earn their Junior Bayshore Biologist Certificate.
When is Science on the Bayshore?
- Workshops take place Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
- Three workshops per day: 1st workshop 12:00pm – 12:45pm, 2nd workshop 1:00pm – 1:45pm, 3rd workshop 2:00pm – 2:45pm.
Where is the Port Norris Science on the Bayshore?
- The event will be held at the Bayshore Center at Bivalve.
Science on the Bayshore Activities
- Kids can earn their Junior Bayshore Biologist Certificate by participating in at least six of our workshops!
- Each student (17 and under) who participates in at least six of the workshops will receive a certificate, a prize, and two free tickets to sail on the AJ Meerwald!
- Bayshore Birds | Learn all about the Bayshore’s birds! Each bird species is unique and has special adaptations to fill its niche in the ecosystem. Participants will learn about different beak, body, and feet shapes, and try using different pieces to build a bird of their own. After that, we will take a short walk out into the marshes to look at birds in real life!
- Wetlands Exploration | Come take a walk with us! We will be taking a short (approximately 1 mile) walk through our salt marshes. As we walk, we will discuss the importance of wetlands, what species can be found there, and some of the threats that they face.
- All About Oysters | Learn all about a keystone species in the Delaware Bay: the oyster! Participants will learn about the importance of the oyster in the Delaware Bay, explore its life cycle, and will even get to observe its anatomy in a live dissection! We will then do an activity called “shell bagging”, in which we create oyster habitat that will be used to restore oyster beds in the Bay.
- Microscopic Wonders | While most of us are familiar with the large fish and invertebrates found in the ocean and bays, few of us think about some of the smallest organisms of all: plankton! In this workshop, we will learn all about what plankton are, why they are important, and we will even get to look at some under a microscope!
- Watersheds | How do our actions impact the environment? How does pollution travel such large distances? What can we do to help? During this presentation, we will be exploring these topics by demonstrating different types of pollution, what they do, and how they get into the watershed. Then, we will discuss different ways that individuals can make choices to impact the environment in a positive way.
- What’s in Your Water? | Water is all around us. It’s in our homes, in the air, and in our streams, rivers, and oceans. What makes water “clean” or dirty”? In this workshop, we will explore some of the chemical properties of our water, including temperature, turbidity, pH, nitrate, phosphate, and oxygen. Participants will learn how we test these parameters, and will get to try their hand at conducting these tests on water from the river!
- Moon Phases & Tides | Why does the moon look different each night? What causes the tides to rise and fall, and how does the moon affect this process? How does this affect the plants and animals that live along the coast? We will explore these questions and more using hands-on props to explain moon phases and tides.
- Adaptations | There are millions of species of animals in the world, and each one of them has special adaptations to set them apart from all the rest. From physical adaptations such as beaks, claws, and blubber, to behavioral adaptations such as pack hunting and hiding, there are tons of ways that animals have evolved to get ahead. During this workshop we will explore some of the behaviors and physical characteristics of predator and prey animals, using our local wetlands inhabitants as examples.
- Up-Close Animal Encounters (NEW!) | Learn about some of the animals that live in the Delaware Bay using our touch tank! During this workshop, we will be exploring the “catch of the day”, a variety of animals that have been caught in the Delaware Bay by the AJ Meerwald crew. Students will get an up-close and personal view of a variety of different creatures, which may include oysters, terrapins, horseshoe crabs, blue claw crabs, cusk eels, white perch, hog chokers, and many others! Animal selection varies since we never know what we’re going to catch!
Admission fees for Science on the Bayshore
- Workshops are free! Please pre-register before attending the classes. Signing up is free and easy, just click here!
More about Science on the Bayshore
- All ages welcome, however students under the age of 8 may not understand all of the content
- Workshops occur rain or shine and may be outdoors, so please dress appropriately!
- All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
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