Rookery Bay SURVIVORS
Rookery Bay SURVIVORS, designed for seventh-grade students, was created in 2014. The program helps teachers and students understand more about the region's coastal environment, as well as engage them in the process of science. All of the activities have been structured for educational effectiveness and incorporate critical thinking strategies, high level questioning, and scientific techniques.
Field-based Estuarine Studies
Teachers On the Estuary (TOTE)
Teachers on the Estuary is an annual, two-day workshop for middle school teachers that provides hands-on, field-based, progessional teacher development opportunities. Teachers from Collier County and around the state learn about issues facing estuaries in southwest Florida during field trips into the estuary and experience hands-on sessions led by educators and community partners focusing on water quality, invasive species, and watershed management.
Summer Institute for Marine Science (SIMS)
This weeklong program brings students into the estuary for hands-on experiences relating to ecology, marine biology, sustainability and citizen science. It is offered annually and ideal for students entering 8th, 9th and 10th grades.
Expected outcomes for students:
- Raise awareness of the connection between the ocean and student’s lives.
- Enhance ability to analyze and interpret data.
- Improve understanding about how scientists use monitoring data to study and protect ocean resources.
- Gain a better understanding of the scientific method, including the concept that science is an on-going, iterative process.
- Improve understanding of estuarine ecology, including functions and values of estuaries.
- Foster a sense of stewardship of watersheds, estuaries, and oceans.