SEA: Marine Life Exploration

Every aspect of the SEA program emphasizes the importance of eco-friendly, sustainable practices.  
Below is a list of topics and skills that our passionate SEA Educators have integrated into the 2017 summer program       

Just for FUN:

  • Marsh Mucking: we’re going to get dirty mucking in the marsh! 
  • Snorkeling: a great place to explore is right off the protected coast of Tucks Point
  • Field Games and Initiatives: fun initiatives and games designed to challenge us, guide us in practicing teamwork and provide a context in which to build new friendships
  • Recycled Art Project & Signs: make fun and interesting art with what we discovered while collecting marine debris 

Seamanship Skills: Guided by Captain & First Mate of the Double Eagle

How-"To-Boat": We'll cover a wide array of do's and don'ts" when we first head out on the water; participant and crew safety is always our #1 concern!

  • Boat Norms from how to conduct yourself, to man overboard procedures
  • Proper use of gear while aboard the vessel
  • Navigation basics such as how to read nautical charts or how to 'read the water'
  • Knot Tying-- learn and practice some of the most common and most important knots, truly a skill to last a lifetime!

Ocean Sciences: Guided by SEA Educator Skylar McAlpin

Human Impacts on Marine Ecology: 

  • Coastal Erosion & Sea Level Rise: uncover some ways that our harbors/seas, coastal lands and other draining waterways are being impacted by the forces and power of nature
  • Marine Debris: long trawling nets pulled from the boat collect water samples to measure and study micro plastics and their impacts
  • Invasive Species: collect and control Green and Asian Shore Crabs
  • Sustainable Fishing: importance of fisheries and rehabilitation, address over fishing, population decimation and redevelopment techniques  

Oceanography: 

  • Tides, Currents, & Waves: the shifting seas and their effects on flora, fauna and the natural shoreline
  • Sea Drifters: identify uses of sea drifters in international data gathering; build a sea drifter for deployment
  • Water quality: parameters and testing including ocean warming trends, ocean acidification, marsh/ocean salinity

Marine Biology:

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  • Lobstering: fishing for lobsters under a commercial/recreational lobster permit
    • regulations, safe handling, and banding,
    • lobster biology: collect data for local agencies (including: size, sex, and abundance)
  • Clamming: amateur clam digging using a straight, long-handled spading fork, or a spading shovel
  • Flora & Fauna:
    • throughout our adventures during the week we will identify local birds, fish and underwater plant species  
    • either wading and/or snorkeling, investigate flora and fauna in 2 coastal ecosystems (Rocky Intertidal, Nearshore/Beach)
  • Beach Seining and Line Fishing:
    • try out 2 different methods of fishing (including  techniques for each, similarities/ differences & various applications)
    • general fishing regulations (catch and release, proper handling techniques, etc.))
    • identify fish species of our catches and/or brief introduction to fish anatomy 
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SEA Instructor Skylar McAlpin: 

Skylar McAlpin is the Program Director of Seaside Education Adventure (SEA). She currently teaches high school science at Pingree School and has more than 10 years of experiential education knowledge from her time as a research scientist and instructor at The Island School in the Bahamas and lead educator at Seacamp in the Florida Keys. Skylar is a certified PADI SCUBA Dive Master and is a trained Wilderness First Responder with a certificate in Wilderness First Aid. With a MPhil in Natural Resource Management and Marine Ecology, Skylar has dedicated her academic and professional life to learning and teaching about what she loves most...our blue planet! mcalpins@seasidesustainability.org