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If you want to go to the beach, you must choose 2 out of 3 of the following and provide transportation to the beach.
Students will learn how to use a 30-foot seine net to sample the ocean’s rich abundance of life. Several fish species, crabs, and shrimp are commonly caught, as well as squid, jellyfish, and the elusive sea cucumber. We discuss adaptations and behaviors of creatures that we catch. This is a weather dependent activity. Be prepared to get wet and have fun!
2. Barrier Island Dynamics:
Study beach geology, barrier island dynamics, and tides right where it all happens: the beach! Students will gain a better appreciation for the plants and animals that call the coast their home.
Barrier Island Dynamics: State Standards and Contents - Barrier Island Dynamics: Pre and Post Activities
3. The Living Beach:
In this class students will explore the biodiversity of the Georgia Coast. Students will learn about the plant and animal species that inhabit East Beach and participate in games and activities.
Living Beach: State Standards and Contents - Living Beach: Pre and Post Activities
1. A Bug's Life (NEW, starting Fall 2020):
Ever wonder who is crawling around your backyard? This class will give you an insight to the fascinating world of insects and arachnids that roam the planet. Use microscopes to investigate the specialized adaptations that help our multi-legged friends survive. Then become an entomologist and find the best hiding spots of these fascinating critters. Lastly, gain an appreciation of insects because of the surprising amount of resources they provide for our planet.
2. Bird Brains:
Students will learn what makes a bird a bird. We will look at a bird’s structure and determine how different species are adapted for different environments. Students will become expert ornithologists as we head out to the field with binoculars to locate different species of birds on St. Simons Island.
Bird Brains: State Standards and Contents - Bird Brains: Pre and Post Activities
3. Buddy Squad: (for field groups of 10 or more students)
Everyone needs a buddy. During Buddy Squad students will work together to accomplish a variety of team building activities. Throughout these challenges students should gain skills necessary to work in social settings and be able to relate these concepts in their own lives.
Buddy Squad: State Standards and Contents - Buddy Squad: Pre and Post Activities
Cassina is a cultural journey back in time to discover what it was like to be a Timucuan Native American. Make rope, use their tools and weapons, live in a Timucuan style camp, and enjoy tea as we compare the Timucuan culture to our own.
Cassina: State Standards and Contents - Cassina: Pre and Post Activities
5. Comparative Dissection:
(Costs extra $3 per student) Students will get a little fishy in this hands-on dissection. In this class, each field group will work in small groups to dissect 2 different species of fish. They will compare and contrast their fish with the other groups, learn about the differences between them and how they compare to humans and other animals. There is an additional nominal fee for this class.
6. Feather Physics:
Students will examine the general principles behind the physics of flight. We will discuss the forms of aerial locomotion and the animals that use them. Students will be immersed in experimentation, discussion, and observation to understand these flight principles.
Feather Physics: State Standards and Contents - Feather Physics: Pre and Post Activities
7. Gator Tales:
By holding snakes, touching alligators, and exploring our turtle enclosures, students will learn about these modern organisms with amazing adaptations. We will identify different species through the discovery process. Discussions and handling of these reptiles will lead students to identify and understand Georgia’s indigenous species.
Gator Tales: State Standards and Contents - Gator Tales: Pre and Post Activities
8. Giants of the Sea (NEW, Fall 2020):
Sharks, dolphins, and turtles, oh my! Marine megafauna are all the ocean animals that people tend to love the most - who doesn't? In this class, students will learn about the adaptations that allow sharks, marine mammals, and sea turtles to thrive in a marine ecosystem. Play games, touch biofacts, and understand why these animals are some of the most endangered species in the world. Students will also fill out a scientific data sheet that simulates what field scientists do to gather important data.
9. High Ropes Challenge Course:
(Costs extra per person--call for price) Learning how to work as a team player requires focusing on communication and listening skills that strengthen trust and self-confidence. Adventure Ministries, LLC. provides exciting and fun opportunities for problem solving and leadership development. A new aerial team course requires participants to work together as a team, while they are 30 feet in the air. If teams succeed, they get to celebrate their team building with a ride down the zip line. If you are interested in more information, you can visit Adventure Ministries website at www.adventureministries.org.
State Standards similar to Buddy Squad above. There are no pre and post activities for this class.
10. Lady Jane Trawl Trip:
(Costs extra--call for price) Board the Lady Jane, a retired shrimp trawl boat, and help the captain and crew sort through the abundant sea life retrieved from the water via the trawl net. Students will learn about the marsh ecosystem as the trawl net moves along the river bottom until it pulls up various sea creatures they then learn about and have a hands-on experience with. If you're interested in more information about the Lady Jane, please visit http://www.shrimpcruise.com/index.html. This trip is off property in Brunswick, GA, and would modify your class schedule some.
11. Merely Plankton:
Students will become part of an in depth study about both phytoplankton and zooplankton through hands on activities. Students will collect, observe, and identify living plankton in our microscope laboratory while learning the importance they play in an ocean ecosystem.
Merely Plankton: State Standards and Contents - Merely Plankton: Pre and Post Activities
12. Muck, Snails & Rails:
Marshes tend to be associated with one thing: MUD! These amazing places, however, are more than just mud. They are thriving ecosystems with thousands of species that inhabit them. Students will examine the marshlands here at Driftwood. We will explore the animal and plant species and discover why these locations are so important to pollution control.
Important Note: YOU WILL GET MUDDY. There are two choices: Dry Marsh and Muddy Marsh. Dry Marsh Class includes mud on hands, face and feet only. Muddy Marsh Class is completley muddy. THIS IS A VERY MUDDY CLASS AND CANNOT BE TAKEN IN CONJUNCTION WITH CUMBERLAND ISLAND. STUDENTS NEED TO BRING TWO PAIRS OF SHOES (preferably one pair they can throw away when they are done) AND SPECIFIC MUDDY CLOTHES.
Muck Snails & Rails (Muddy): State Standards and Contents - Muck Snails & Rails (Dry): State Standards and Contents - Marsh: Pre and Post Activities
13. Ocean Motion:
Explore the world of marine vertebrates and invertebrates in our lab. Students will be able to handle such animals as crabs, sea anemones, and molluscs in our touch tank. An in-depth study of these animals and their adaptations will be supplemented by a group dissection.
Ocean Motion: State Standards and Contents - Ocean Motion: Pre and Post Activities
Have you ever wondered what type of animals live around your home? How can you find out? In Trackers, students will investigate Driftwood’s backyard to learn how to identify animals through close observation of the signs they leave in the forest. Through several activities, students will hone their observation skills and perhaps come face to face with some of our local species.
Trackers: State Standards and Contents - Trackers: Pre and Post Activities
15. Transit Trawl
(Costs $15 extra per person with a minimum of 30 participants) Throw out the net, mates! Let’s see what we can haul in and study, as we head out on a pontoon boat and look at interesting organisms. Led by a boat captain and his crew, students will learn about trawling nets, trawl boats, and investigate the organisms that we catch. We will also look for marine mammals that sometimes like to visit the Frederica River. There is an additional fee per person for this class.
Transit Trawl: State Standards and Contents - Transit Trawl: Pre and Post Activities
16. Turbid Waters:
The intertidal zone is home to many species of plants and animals. Using both traditional and modern technology to study the biological, physical, and chemical aspects, the students will discover how human and natural factors influence the health of the intertidal zone.
Turbid Waters: State Standards and Contents - Turbid Waters: Pre and Post Activities
17. Recreation Period:
This class is supervised by teachers and chaperones, NOT our instructors. This is a free time period where students can play basketball, volleyball, and soccer. Equipment will be provided. This class can also be a night program if you would like.
There are no standards met by this curriculum. There are no pre and post activities for this class.