Fall 2019 Class Series | Pelican Group
Sep
27
9:30 AM09:30

Fall 2019 Class Series | Pelican Group

* FOR PEC MEMBERS * | Join Saltwater Studies for a fun, interactive biblically-based class series that discusses topics such as jellies, crabs, snails, clams, sea shell identification and octopuses! This class series includes four sessions and will meet once a month on Friday mornings. Each class incorporates a discussion on the monthly topic as well as a hands-on beach or water activity.

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West Coast Field Day | Second Session
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

West Coast Field Day | Second Session

Join Saltwater Studies for a fun, interactive, biblically-based day at the beach in Naples, Florida! Our activities for the day will include a shark dissection laboratory in the morning and a beach walk in the afternoon following lunch. For the shark dissection students will work in groups of three to four to dissect a single shark.

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West Coast Field Day
Oct
22
10:00 AM10:00

West Coast Field Day

Join Saltwater Studies for a fun, interactive, biblically-based day at the beach in Naples, Florida! Our activities for the day will include a shark dissection laboratory in the morning and a beach walk in the afternoon following lunch. For the shark dissection students will work in groups of three to four to dissect a single shark.

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Mangrove Kayak
Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

Mangrove Kayak

Participants will be led on a guided kayak through Whiskey Creek in Dania Beach. This is a sheltered waterway lined by mangroves that provides a great opportunity to see a variety of marine life. This is a great location to kayak during the winter months as manatees are frequently seen in the area due to the proximity to the FPL’s warm water discharge on the west side of the nearby Intracoastal Waterway. 

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Mangrove Hike & Kayak
Oct
29
9:00 AM09:00

Mangrove Hike & Kayak

Participants will be led on a guided hike through a mangrove forest where they will be given a biblical overview of the mangrove ecosystem. Chasing mangrove crabs, licking salt off mangrove leaves, listening to snapping shrimp “pop” their warnings and spotting various fish hiding in the mangrove roots are all highlights of this portion of the field trip. Following the hike, participants will be led on a guided 1.5 hour kayak through the mangroves to offer them a water-based viewpoint.

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Blowing Rocks Beach Walk
Nov
22
9:30 AM09:30

Blowing Rocks Beach Walk

Blowing Rocks Preserve is a conservation area maintained by The Nature Conservancy. It is the longest stretch of limestone shoreline on the Atlantic Coast in the United States. Seawater has eroded tunnels in the rocks that funnel water into shooting plumes at high tide. Depending on the tide levels, these plumes can reach up to 50 feet tall! The rocks also provide a habitat for a variety of shoreline creatures, giving a great opportunity to explore this shoreline’s nooks, crannies and tide pools in search of marine life.

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Sea Shell Collection & Identification Tour
Nov
30
9:00 AM09:00

Sea Shell Collection & Identification Tour

Participants will be led on a beach walk to collect shells on beautiful Tigertail Beach in Marco Island. Known for its white sand beaches and stunning turquoise water as well as its abundance of marine life, this beach is a must-see hot spot of the Florida West Coast. This is a biblically-based tour so discussion will include both biological information as well as how we can see the character of God in Creation.

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Blowing Rocks Beach Walk
Dec
10
12:00 PM12:00

Blowing Rocks Beach Walk

* FOR US-SCHOOL MEMBERS * | Blowing Rocks Preserve is a conservation area maintained by The Nature Conservancy. It is the longest stretch of limestone shoreline on the Atlantic Coast in the United States. Seawater has eroded tunnels in the rocks that funnel water into shooting plumes at high tide. Depending on the tide levels, these plumes can reach up to 50 feet tall! The rocks also provide a habitat for a variety of shoreline creatures, giving a great opportunity to explore this shoreline’s nooks, crannies and tide pools in search of marine life.

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Mangrove Hike & Kayak
Dec
16
9:00 AM09:00

Mangrove Hike & Kayak

Participants will be led on a guided hike through a mangrove forest where they will be given a biblical overview of the mangrove ecosystem. Chasing mangrove crabs, licking salt off mangrove leaves, listening to snapping shrimp “pop” their warnings and spotting various fish hiding in the mangrove roots are all highlights of this portion of the field trip. Following the hike, participants will be led on a guided 1.5 hour kayak through the mangroves to offer them a water-based viewpoint.

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Mangrove Kayak
Dec
17
10:00 AM10:00

Mangrove Kayak

Participants will be led on a guided kayak through Whiskey Creek in Dania Beach. This is a sheltered waterway lined by mangroves that provides a great opportunity to see a variety of marine life. This is a great location to kayak during the winter months as manatees are frequently seen in the area due to the proximity to the FPL’s warm water discharge on the west side of the nearby Intracoastal Waterway. 

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Coral Cove Beach Walk
Dec
20
9:00 AM09:00

Coral Cove Beach Walk

This field trip includes a beach walk at Coral Cove Park on Jupiter Island. In addition to a sandy beach, Coral Cove Park also includes an Anastasia limestone formation which has been eroded by the waves. The rocky shoreline includes opportunities to search for marine life in the tide pools and collect numerous sea shells. This is a biblically-based event so discussion will include both biological information as well as how we can see the character of God in Creation.

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Spring 2020 Class Series | Octopus Group
Jan
14
9:30 AM09:30

Spring 2020 Class Series | Octopus Group

* FOR US-SCHOOL MEMBERS * | Join Saltwater Studies for a fun, interactive class series that discusses topics such as sharks, dolphins, whales and sea turtles! This class series includes four sessions and will meet once a month on Tuesday mornings. Each class incorporates a discussion on the monthly topic as well as a hands-on beach or water activity.

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Spring 2020 Class Series | Sea Lions Group
Jan
14
1:00 PM13:00

Spring 2020 Class Series | Sea Lions Group

* FOR US-SCHOOL MEMBERS * | Join Saltwater Studies for a fun, interactive class series that discusses topics such as sharks, dolphins, whales and sea turtles! This class series includes four sessions and will meet once a month on Tuesday afternoons. Each class incorporates a discussion on the monthly topic as well as a hands-on beach or water activity.

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Peanut Island Snorkel
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Peanut Island Snorkel

* FOR US-SCHOOL MEMBERS * | Participants will be led on a guided snorkeling adventure in the shallow water around Peanut Island. Crystal blue water, an abundance of reef fish and beautiful sea shells make this a location to remember. All participants must be strong swimmers and have their own snorkeling equipment.

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Fall 2019 Class Series | Shore Crabs Group
Sep
13
1:00 PM13:00

Fall 2019 Class Series | Shore Crabs Group

* FOR THE CREATIVE COLLECTIVE MEMBERS * | Join Saltwater Studies for a fun, interactive class series that discusses topics such as cephalopods (octopuses, squid, cuttlefish etc.), marine birds and manatees! This class series includes three sessions and will meet once a month on Friday afternoons. Each class incorporates a discussion on the monthly topic as well as a hands-on beach or water activity.

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Fall 2019 Class Series | Penguin Group
Sep
11
9:30 AM09:30

Fall 2019 Class Series | Penguin Group

Join Saltwater Studies for a fun, interactive biblically-based class series that discusses topics such as jellies, crabs, snails, clams, sea shell identification and octopuses! This class series includes four sessions and will meet once a month on Wednesday mornings. Each class incorporates a discussion on the monthly topic as well as a hands-on beach or water activity.

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Fall 2019 Class Series | Puffins Group
Sep
10
1:00 PM13:00

Fall 2019 Class Series | Puffins Group

* FOR US-SCHOOL MEMBERS * | Join Saltwater Studies for a fun, interactive class series that discusses topics such as jellies, crabs, snails, clams, sea shell identification and octopuses! This class series includes four sessions and will meet once a month on Tuesday afternoons. Each class incorporates a discussion on the monthly topic as well as a hands-on beach or water activity.

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Fall 2019 Class Series | Sea Otters Group
Sep
9
9:30 AM09:30

Fall 2019 Class Series | Sea Otters Group

Join Saltwater Studies for a fun, interactive class series that discusses topics such as jellies, snails, clams, sea shell identification and crabs! This class series includes three sessions and will meet once a month on Monday mornings. Each class incorporates a discussion on the monthly topic as well as a hands-on beach or water activity.

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Fall 2019 Class Series | Bluefin Tuna Group
Sep
1
9:30 AM09:30

Fall 2019 Class Series | Bluefin Tuna Group

Join Saltwater Studies for a fun, interactive biblically-based class series that discusses topics such as jellies, echinoderms (sea stars, sea urchins, sand dollars etc.) and crabs! This class series includes three sessions and will meet once a month on Monday mornings. Each class incorporates a discussion on the monthly topic as well as a hands-on beach or water activity.

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Sea Shell Snorkel
Jul
6
9:30 AM09:30

Sea Shell Snorkel

Blowing Rocks Preserve is a conservation area maintained by The Nature Conservancy that boasts the longest stretch of limestone shoreline on the Atlantic Coast in the United States. The waters just offshore are one of the best locations on the Florida Atlantic Coast for collecting large and unique shells such as lettered olives, lion’s paws, deer cowries, bittersweet clams, eastern oysters, helmet conchs, scotch bonnets and large moon snails.

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Key Biscayne Snorkel
Jul
5
9:30 AM09:30

Key Biscayne Snorkel

This is a basic guided snorkel that will help participants learn how to identify various species of reef fish and become more comfortable snorkeling in the shallow waters off Key Biscayne. Participants will learn about the basics of fish identification and then be led on a snorkel in the beautiful blue waters next to the Cape Florida Lighthouse.

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Beach Clean-Up
Mar
21
9:00 AM09:00

Beach Clean-Up

Participants will be led in a clean-up of the John U. Lloyd Park beach. This is an excellent opportunity for participants to practice biblically appropriate environmental stewardship and qualify for service hours. Trash bags will be provided. It is recommended that you bring your own gardening gloves. 

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Rocky Intertidal Survey
Mar
21
9:00 AM09:00

Rocky Intertidal Survey

Participants will be led on a guided walk along Dania Beach and the fishing jetty where they will be given a biblical overview of the rocky intertidal zone ecosystem. We will climb on the rocks and search the beach for marine life before touring the jetty to view animals normally missed by the untrained eye.

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Waterway Kayak Tour
Mar
21
9:00 AM09:00

Waterway Kayak Tour

Participants will be led on a guided kayak across the crystal blue waters of the Intracoastal Waterway around Peanut Island and the surrounding area. A careful observer may spot sea stars, various reef fish and maybe even a manatee!

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Rocky Shore Beach Walk
Mar
21
9:00 AM09:00

Rocky Shore Beach Walk

Participants will be provided with a biblically-based overview of the Rocky Shore ecosystem. They will be led on a guided beach walk along the rocky shores surrounding Boynton Beach Inlet. Participants will search the rocks and tide pools for different types of marine life such as crabs, mollusks and barnacles.

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Bathtub Reef Snorkel
Mar
21
9:00 AM09:00

Bathtub Reef Snorkel

Participants will be led on a snorkel in the beautiful, turquoise waters of Bathtub Reef Beach and the adjacent lagoon. Bathtub Reef is an artificial reef runs parallel to the shoreline creating an excellent habitat for reef creatures and all sorts of marine life.

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Beach Surveying & Assessment
Mar
21
9:00 AM09:00

Beach Surveying & Assessment

This is a hands-on field trip for students that are in 4th-12th grade. It offers a biblically-based overview of scientific techniques utilized in the assessment of a Sandy Beach Ecosystem. Students will learn how to perform a survey to determine if a beach is gaining or eroding sand, conduct a quantitative biological assessment and identify wave types and measure wave height.

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Water Quality Assessment
Mar
21
9:00 AM09:00

Water Quality Assessment

This is a hands-on field trip for students that are in 4th-12th grade. It offers a biblically-based overview of environmental health and conservation or water resources. Students will learn how to collect water samples and analyze them for various parameters such as turbidity, dissolved oxygen and pH.

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Mangrove Hike
Mar
21
9:00 AM09:00

Mangrove Hike

Participants will be led on a 60-minute guided hike through a mangrove forest where they will be given a biblical overview of the mangrove ecosystem. Chasing mangrove crabs, licking salt off mangrove leaves, listening to snapping shrimp “pop” their warnings and spotting various fish hiding in the mangrove roots are all highlights of this field trip.

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