tlh museum - new logoNew Tallahassee Museum conservation camp takes students to Key Largo’s MarineLab for AP-aligned marine biology and environmental science course.

Students in a new Tallahassee Museum conservation summer camp will take their classroom on the road and into the waters of the Florida Keys during a week-long AP-aligned course in marine biology and environmental science.

The Museum’s “Taking the State” Conservation Camp, July 6-12, is open to rising 10th-12th graders and will include four days at Key Largo’s MarineLab, as well as stops at Zoo Miami and Tampa’s Florida Aquarium.

Hands-on activities will cover AP standards including seagrass ecology, mangrove ecology, coral reef ecology, identification of reef fish, and labs for water quality and diversity indexing. The Tallahassee Museum developed the camp to expand its high-quality STEM education offerings. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

“Research shows that students who engage in hands-on science develop a deeper understanding of the material and do better on tests,” said Natasha Hartsfield, the museum’s director of education. “Learning by doing enhances critical thinking, creativity and logic, while teaching students to rely on evidence and think independently. Studies also show that it increases student motivation, which is not surprising because it’s fun and engaging.”

Campers will leave Tallahassee July 6 and spend the night at Florida Gulf Coast University’s student housing, arriving the next day in Key Largo, where they will study nearshore marine ecology at MarineLab through activities that include daily boating and swimming. MarineLab teaching staff hold degrees in marine biology, environmental science and biology and offer customized education programs to 4,000 students and teachers a year. Facilities include dorm rooms, labs, a cafeteria and a floating conference center. The location in Key Largo, an a hour south of Miami, offers quick access to the coral reefs of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Florida Bay in Everglades National Park.

On the way back to Tallahassee campers will get a behind-the-scenes lesson on the palm oil industry at Zoo Miami and spend the night at the Florida Aquarium.

Enrollment is limited to 18 student campers. The $1,800 fee for Tallahassee Museum members ($1,850 for nonmembers) includes all MarineLab tuition, zoo and aquarium tickets, and seven days of meals, lodging and transportation. All campers must have completed 9th-11th grade by June 1, 2016. To register, visit  www.tallahasseemuseum.org.

Learn more about all of the summer camps offered by Tallahassee Museum for children age Pre K through 12th Grade.