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OUR PROGRAMS - EVENING PROGRAMS
CORAL ECOLOGY - NEARSHORE ECOLOGY - COASTAL
INVESTIGATIONS - EVENING PROGRAMS - VAN TRIPS
LABS AND ACTIVITIES AT NHMI
After a discussion of algae and their importance as habitats,
students search for animals living within samples of calcareous
algae. This is an excellent review or introduction to the
invertebrate phyla. A favorite lab of many students and teachers.
Most of the animals
observed by students at NHMI began their lives as microscopic
plankton. This lab focuses on the ecology and identification of
plankton, using live specimens and microscopes. If time and space
permit, students may accompany the instructor on a plankton
Led by their instructors, students sing, perform and toast
marsh-mallows while enjoying an evening under the stars. Stories
may be told involving astronomy and/or the history of the Keys.
Often combined with a night wade (below).
At night, the shorelines of NHMI are perfect for
observing nocturnal habits of marine creatures. Students wade in
ankle-deep water, using flashlights to illuminate their search for
animals such as crabs, anemones, worms, mollusks with external
shells..... and even octopi!