Field Courses

For a more in-depth educational experience, Saltwater Studies offers a variety of courses which include multiple sessions and field trips to provide students with a comprehensive overview of an individual topic.  Field Courses are offered in both Broward and Palm Beach Counties.  Detailed overviews of all Field Courses are provided below.

“Why learn species identification? It is important to know what is common so that you will know when God blesses you by showing you something that is uncommon.” – Christa Jewett, Founder of Saltwater Studies

 

REGISTRATION PROCESS

To register for a Saltwater Studies Course, please follow this two step process:

Step 1:  Email Saltwater Studies with the following information:

Step 2: Payment

Cancellation Policy

Class Series or Courses.  If unexpected circumstances require you to cancel your registration, a full refund will be provided for cancellations made until one week prior to the first class.  A 50% refund will be provided for cancellations made within one week prior to the first class and for students who drop out within 30 days of the first class.  No refunds will be provided for students who drop out after 30 days from the first class.

 

 

 

FLORIDA MARINE STUDIES COURSE

Age Group: 6th to 12th Grade
Min. Size: 5 students
Max. Size:12 students

Available upon request for groups of 10 or more!

Overview: This is field course that provides a biblically-based focus on the study of local marine ecosystems in Florida.  It incorporates both classroom and field activities and can be modified to accommodate a variety of different schedules and learning levels.  The basic version of this Course, well-suited towards Middle School ages, requires students to complete homework assignments that include reading and note-taking.  The advanced version of this Course requires students to complete homework such as laboratory reports, reading and scripture memorization.  

Cost: $350 per student with a 20% sibling discount

 

FLORIDA MARINE ANIMALS COURSE

Age Group: 5th to 8th Grade
Min. Size: 10 students
Max. Size:15 students

Available upon request for groups of 10 or more!

Overview: This is field course that provides a biblically-based focus on the study of local marine species in Florida.  It incorporates both classroom and field activities and can be modified to accommodate a variety of different schedules and learning levels.  The basic version of this Course, well-suited towards Middle School ages, requires students to complete homework assignments that include reading and note-taking.    

Cost: $375 per student with a 20% sibling discount

 

SANDY BEACHES & BARRIER ISLANDS FIELD COURSE

Palm Beach County Location

Date & Time:  Available upon request for groups of 10 or more!

Location: Delray Beach, north of Atlantic Avenue, at the intersection of A1A and Laing Street

 

Broward County Location

Date & Time:  Available upon request for groups of 10 or more!

Location: Fort Lauderdale Beach.  Students will meet at the beach entrance to Hugh Taylor Birch Park on A1A just north of Sunrise Blvd.  It is recommended that you park in Hugh Taylor Birch Park.

 

Age Group: 4th to 12th Grade (Note: This class is taught at a Middle/High School Level)
Min. Size: 5 students
Max. Size:12 students

Overview: This is a four-lesson field course that provides students with an interactive, biblically-based overview of the sandy beach and barrier island ecosystem. This course is taught from the perspective of a marine biologist tasked with assessing and monitoring the sandy beach ecosystem.  Students will learn about the basics of the ecosystem but the focus of the course is to learn how to use scientific techniques in studying sandy beaches and barrier islands.  This course will cover the development of barrier islands and sandy beaches, high wave energy environments, the impact of wind, waves and tides on this environment, biological communities associated with a sandy beach and environmental monitoring of this ecosystem. Field activities will include learning how to use basic survey equipment to create a beach profile, identifying wave types, assessing and quantifying local flora and fauna, and water quality and sediment monitoring techniques.   

Format: Each class will be two hours in length and will include approximately 30 to 45 minutes of lecture and 1.25 to 1.5 hours of field activities.

Materials: Students will be required to obtain a copy of the book “Florida’s Living Beaches” by Blair and Dawn Witherington. This book is available at Barnes & Noble for $22.00. It may be available for a reduced cost online.  It is recommended that families purchase at least one book for their child(ren).   Students will be required to bring this book along with a pen or pencil with them to each class.  Please note that there is required reading that students will need to complete before the first class session.

Cost: $90 per student with a 20% sibling discount

Expenses: If parents elect to park at Delray Beach or Hugh Taylor Birch Park during the course, they will be required to pay for parking.

 

MARINE ECOLOGY FIELD IDENTIFICATION COURSE

Palm Beach County Location

Date & Time:  To be determined

Location: Boynton Beach Inlet Park, 6990 North Ocean Boulevard, Boynton Beach, FL 33435.  Participants will meet in front of the marina building.

Broward County Location

Date & Time:  To be determined

Location:  Mizell-Johnson State Park, (formerly John U. Lloyd Beach State Park), Dania Beach, FL. Students will meet at the Jetty Pavillion at the far north end of the park.

Age Group: 4th to 12th Grade (Note: This class is taught at a Middle/High School Level)
Min. Size: 5 students
Max. Size:12 students

Overview: This is a three-lesson field course that will provide a biblically-based focus on the identification of common marine species found on Florida’s beaches.  

Format: Each field trip will be two hours in length.  For the first two sessions, the first hour of the field trip will be spent collecting marine species present on the beach.  The second hour will be spent identifying each marine species and noting key characteristics that will help students to identify the organism in the future.  For the third session, a practical laboratory will be set up to test students on their knowledge of species identification.   Following the practical, correct answers will be reviewed with the students to assist them in future identification events.

Homework.  At the end of each field trip, students will be assigned invertebrate animals to study in preparation for the next week’s field trip.

Materials: Students will be required to bring their own notebook and writing utensil.  It is also recommended that students obtain a copy of the book “Florida’s Living Beaches” by Blair and Dawn Witherington to assist them in species identification and review. This book is available at Barnes & Noble for $22.00. It may be available for a reduced cost online.

Cost: $60 per student with a 20% sibling discount

Expenses:  There is no park entrance fee for Boynton Beach Inlet Park.  There is a $6.00 entrance fee (2-8 people) for Mizell-Johnson State Park.