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Allow us to come to you with our Traveling Environmental Education Programs.  These exciting live animal presentations take place in your classroom and include programs such as Sea Creatures with Amazing Feature, Traveling Turtles, Plankton: Bugs of the Sea, Aquatic Adaptations and Saltwater Gene Pools. All traveling environmental education programs are aligned to New Jersey Academic Standards and the North American Association for Environmental Education K-12 Guidelines for Learning, and are tailored to the needs of our visiting teachers and schools.

Sea Creatures with Amazing Features (PreK – 6th grade)

Let us share our little animals with your little animals. Students will use all of their senses and their imagination to discover the wet world of water animals.  Following a fun and interactive explanation of the local sea animals we bring, students will get hands-on time with them. Habitats, food chains, and anatomy are some of the topics covered.  Animals include sea stars, sea urchins, hermit crabs, spider crabs, green crabs, clams, sea snails, and a horseshoe crab.*

Traveling Turtles (PreK –8th grade)

These ravishing reptiles elicit awe from students of all grade levels. Students will investigate a variety of turtles and their anatomy, natural history, behaviors, adaptations, life cycles, and more. Your group will learn about our Diamondback Terrapin Conservation Project and get some quality time with some live adult terrapins and even some hatchlings.  Although students do not touch the live turtles, there are plenty of hands-on turtle teaching tools to investigate and they’ll get to feed the live turtles.

Plankton: Bugs of the Sea (2nd-8th grade)

We will cover all things crustacean. Students will get an introduction into the “Secret Lives of Plankton”, take a closer look at a live plankton sample, then delve into those crustaceans which start their lives as plankton (hermit crabs, blue claws, green crabs, spider crabs, shrimp, lobsters).* Students will get hands-on time with the animals and use kid friendly microscopes to check out their own plankton samples.  A major focus of the program is life cycles but there’s more than that once you break through the shell.

Aquatic Adaptations (4th-8th grade)

By first observing, then touching, then picking up the animals, students will be challenged to discover the special adaptations of the sea animals involved.  Student volunteers, with the guidance of our instructor, are then asked to explain their findings with the rest of the class.  The program concludes with plenty of time for all of the students to explore all of the animals.  The main topic is animal adaptations but predator prey relationships, food webs, life cycles, anatomy, and classification are also discussed.  Animals include; sea stars, sea urchins, hermit crabs, spider crabs, clams, sea snails, mummichogs, and oyster toadfish. *

Saltwater Gene Pools (6th-12th grade)

Using observation, prior knowledge, and problem solving, students will work in teams to sort live marine animals into their “family gene pools”.  Then, after an interactive and informative explanation session about the animals, the groups will have an opportunity to affirm or change their decisions.  Ample hands-on time with the animals concludes the program. Classification, anatomy, genetic relationships, and adaptations are some of the topics covered.  Animals normally include; green crabs, spider crabs, hogchoker, oyster toadfish, clams, whelks, hermit crabs, and sea squirts. *

*The types of animals involved may change due to availability.

Time:  All Traveling Environmental Education Programs are between 45-60 minutes per session.  Up to 6 sessions per day can be scheduled.

Prices:  Pricing is based on the number of sessions and includes the program fee plus travel fee.

  • Summer Program Fee: April 1st- October 31st.  $250 for one session, $95 each additional session.
  • Winter Program Fee: November 1st -March 31st.  $125 for one session, $95 each additional session.
  • Travel Fee: $1 per mile, calculated as round trip from us to you and back.

Registration Procedure:  Reservations are made by email (preferred) or phone on a first come first served basis.  Please email hfaith@wetlandsinstitute.org to book a program.