Wetland Ecology

Summary
This program introduces the student to the physical, chemical and ecological characteristics of two wetland environments. Participants will learn about the interactions, adaptations, limitations, and strategies for survival by plants and animals in the estuarine habitat complex.

Objectives
Students will:
  • Sample physical parameters of water (temperature, salinity, pH) and investigate their impact on organisms of the salt and freshwater marsh
  • Identify local resident and migratory birds to evaluate their niche,
  • Identify and learn the life history of three to five marsh plants
  • Sample and identify common marsh invertebrates
  • Collect soil samples for microscopic analysis of benthic flora and fauna.
Grade Level
The program is intended for students in 4th through 12th grades.

Subject Area
  • Environmental Science
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
Duration
The program lasts four hours.

Setting
The program includes a 15 minute introduction, 2 hours and 45 minutes in the field, 30 minutes dip-netting, and a 30 minute mud lab.

Skills
  • Collecting 
  • Analyzing
  • Identifying
  • Observing 
  • Recording
  • Communicating 
  • Inferring 
  • Classifying 
  • Discussing