Intermediate Marine Biologist

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Join us for a weekend of hands-on learning about what it’s like to be a marine biologist. We’ll go whale watching, assist female biologists with their eel conservation research, and stay at the Morton Centre on Heckman’s Island.

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On the weekend of July 6th – 7th, we’ll welcome a group of 10 girls to various sites around Lunenburg for hands-on activities in marine and aquatic biology. We’ll start the program by assisting female biologists with their local eel conservation research, taking measurements and learning about these incredible animals. We’ll then work in teams to engineer a more effective eel trap – because what we know about eels is that they’re both very smart and very agile, easily entering and exiting existing “traps” as if there were no barriers at all. We’ll use underwater cameras to see whether our new designs are more effective and if we can outsmart the elusive eel. We’ll then spend the afternoon learning about local invasive species and analyzing their stomach contents, learning about marine pollution and how to reduce our consumption of single-use plastics, and learning about marine-related STEM careers and the educational paths to take to get there. That night, we’ll camp at the Morton Centre research station on Heckman’s Island and meet some of the female biologists that call the station home during the summer months. The next morning, we’ll head out early for a whale watching cruise out of Lunenburg, where we’ll hope to see whales and other marine creatures. We’ll finish out the program virtually meeting female shark biologists who study sharks in Miami, and doing a few nature connectivity activities. Let’s hope we can fit it all in!

This Intermediate Marine Biologist program is intended to give girls who love marine biology an opportunity to connect with the ocean and learn about marine biology and conservation in a hands-on way. This program will be taught by a crew of exclusively female Instructors and Volunteers who hold advanced degrees in Biology and have extensive experience in marine education.


General Information

  • For girls aged 12 – 15
  • Saturday, July 6th – Sunday, July 7th, overnight
  • Lunenburg and surrounding area
  • Pay-what-you-can program

Activities

  • We’ll assist a group of female biologists with their eel conservation research around Lunenburg
  • We’ll go whale watching out of Lunenburg
  • We’ll engineer more effective traps for conservation purposes and test them with underwater cameras
  • We’ll learn about local invasive fish species and analyze their stomach contents
  • We’ll camp at the Morton Centre research station on Heckman’s Island
  • We’ll learn about marine pollution and how to reduce our consumption of single-use plastics
  • We’ll learn about marine-related STEM careers and the educational paths to take to get there
  • We’ll do nature connectivity activities

How To Register

Girls must be nominated for this program by an adult that knows them well. Nominations are due by May 6th.



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