Junior Marine Biologist Day Program

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Does your daughter love the ocean and all of its amazing creatures? Is she interested in marine biology?

Join us and Blue Backyard for a day of learning what it’s like to be a marine biologist from actual women in marine science!

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On Saturday, April 27th, we’ll spend the day at the beach in Miami alongside female marine biologists from Field School, learning real scientific techniques and having fun exploring Biscayne Bay’s seagrass community. We’ll learn from Dr. Catherine Macdonald and Dr. Julia Wester about their local shark and ray research before we assist them with their yellow stingray tagging research (if we’re able to find them!). We’ll also be building our own BRUV systems (Baited Remote Underwater Video) and reviewing the footage, seining the seagrass beds to learn about their plant and animal communities, and learning to snorkel! We’ll discuss the threat of marine pollution and do a beach clean-up, and close out the day getting to know the marine biologists. We’ll learn about their different careers in marine science and the educational paths they took to get there.

This Junior Marine Biologist day program is offered in partnership with Miami-based non-profit Blue Backyard, and is intended to give girls an opportunity to learn about the field of marine science in a fun and hands-on way. Who better to learn from than our crew of exclusively female Instructors and Volunteers who hold advanced degrees in science and have extensive experience doing marine research and educating the public? (We can’t think of anyone!)


General Information

  • For girls aged 11 – 15
  • Saturday, April 27th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Bring Your Own Lunch
  • Drop-off and pick-up at Hobie Beach, North end

Cost

  • $45/participant
  • Cost includes:
    • Guided snorkel and snorkel gear rental
    • Programming materials (BRUV building, seining, yellow ray tagging, beach clean-up)
    • 7 hours of instruction from female marine biologists and naturalists with advanced degrees in science (Masters & PhDs) and experience doing shark research in Miami
    • β€œFollow-up pack” mailed to your home with 3 printed photos, stickers, and original program-specific art print

Activities

  • We’ll build ‘BRUVs’ (Baited Remote Underwater Videos) systems
  • We’ll learn how to seine seagrass beds (use a special net to catch fish)
  • We’ll learn to snorkel through seagrass beds
  • We’ll assist female Field School marine biologists with their yellow stingray tagging research (if we’re able to find yellow rays that day!)
  • We’ll do a beach clean-up and discuss marine pollution
  • We’ll meet 4 women with careers in marine science and learn about the educational paths they took to get there. Two of these women do research on sharks!


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