Mobile Marine Science Programs
The 4-H Coastal Explorer is a unique educational vehicle available to area schools, organizations, town beaches and libraries throughout Cape Cod! The vehicle is a versatile 31-foot custom-built motor coach complete with state-of-the-art equipment and displays, providing students and visitors with an opportunity to learn about Cape Cod’s coastal environment. On board you will find:
- saltwater aquariums with live animals
- computer and interactive games
- TV/VCR for viewing marine life videos
- microscopes to view marine life
- blue shark and dolphin models displaying both external and internal anatomy
- hands-on exhibits
The school marine science program for grades K-7 emphasizes hands-on learning, with classes following the MA Curriculum Frameworks for teaching Science and Technology. A curriculum is provided to each participating school containing pre and post-activity suggestions. Grade specific programs include “Sea Creature Feature,” “Animal Classification,” “Ocean Habitats,” “Web of Life,” “Fishy Fauna,” Sea Turtle Life Cycles,” and “A Look into Sharks.”
During the fall and spring of the school year, the “Coastal Explorer” will visit Barnstable County schools, with stays lasting from a few days to two weeks. The vehicle is handicapped-accessible. Requirements for “Coastal Explorer” include a level area for setup and 24-hour access to electricity (minimum of 20 amps, 110 volts). The “Coastal Explorer” can plug into a standard outlet, but does require at least a 30-amp outlet for the air conditioning system, if needed. The vehicle is outfitted with a security system.
There’s a Whale in the Classroom!
Throughout the winter, “Whale in the Classroom” is available to Barnstable County students in grades 3-6. The program focuses on a life-sized soft sculpture model of a pilot whale. The external features of the fabric whale are accurately represented, and is complete with removeable internal organs. The model is mounted on a stand with casters for ease of transport. Classroom presentations are 45-50 minutes, for a fee of $35/presentation. A curriculum guide is included.
4-H Coastal Connections Summer Programs are designed for libraries, summer youth camps, schools, town beaches and parks, recreation centers, museums, and other Cape Cod organizations. One hour and one day programs are available. Click here for details.
2016 Summer Coastal Explorer Dates and Locations
For further information about any of these programs, please call Eileen Sonnenberg at (508) 375-6694.