Both The Loggerheads and The Greens were in for yet another day of fun-filled Ocean Adventures both on campus and off campus!

The Greens (Mr. Dalton and Ms. Nicole)

Our day was spent entirely off campus today up north at Jonathan Dickinson State Park hiking, kayaking, playing outdoors, and learning all about the history of the park/species that call the pine scrub habitat home!

We started off our morning with a hike up Hobe Sound Tower (which is a cool ancient sand dune!) to look out across the pine scrub, barrier island, inlet, and ocean! We learned how well adapted the species that compete for resources are to the dry, harsh, briny environment.

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After our hike up, we were hungry and ready for lunch. We ate under shaded pavilions and split up into two groups to explore the nature center with Ms. Nicole, and kayak in the Loxahatchee River with Mr. Dalton!

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We switched groups so we both got time to do both activities, and before we knew it our day was up and it was time to head back to campus! We had a great day, and can’t wait for the turtle release tomorrow, and to snorkel/seine at Blowing Rocks!

The Loggerheads (Ms. Brooke and Ms. Abby)

Today we stayed on campus, but our day was full of activities that kept us busy learning, and playing outside! We started off with a presentation and art activity with Ms. Brooke about the different layers of the ocean. Afterwards, we put our art skills to the test and took turns at different posters that represented different ocean layers and drew different animals that live at the different depths!

Next, we spent some time visiting our sea turtle patients to more about how they end up at our hospital, and how the veterinarians treat them. Afterwards, we learned about all of the things we can find on our beaches including the plants, what makes up the sand, the different animals, sea beans, corals, sponges, egg casings, and how the diverse range of shells we find are made by different animals.

After lunch, we went to the beach and identified the things we learned about earlier.

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After the beach, we learned about the importance of mangroves, the threats to mangroves, and things we can go to help protect the habitat, such as planting our own red mangrove propagules with Ms. Hannah (our LMC Education Coordinator and all things environmental-science pro)! We used what we learned in our “muck” stomp activity, and had a noise-o-meter vote for which counselor got to stomp the air pockets out of the muck before we planted them (because mangroves don’t grow well with air pockets). Ms. Brooke was our lucky winner, but we all got a chance to try if we wanted to!

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Next, the, kids got to either take a propagule home or plant one and leave it with loggerhead to replant in its proper area for it to thrive. Lastly, we learned how we pick proper areas for mangroves to survive! They grow in brackish water and they find out if its brackish using a refractometer. Our junior scientists were able to test fresh water, salt water, and brackish water and compare the salinities.

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It was a fun, interesting, scientific day and we also can’t wait for the turtle release tomorrow, and to snorkel/seine up at Blowing Rocks! See you tomorrow!

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