|Maritime Aquarium Science Cruise|
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT is a great outing for kids of all ages, but if you have tweens or teens like I do, you might want to consider bumping up your visit’s excitement level with a special Marine Life Study Cruise.
Offered daily in July and August, and on Saturdays April through June, a 2 1/2 hour cruise of the Norwalk Harbor and Long Island Sound is an adventure your children aren’t likely to forget.
With a 7:1 ratio of scientist to passenger, this Maritime Study Cruise is more than just a pleasant boat ride. Kids participate in collecting scientific data on the specimens collected in three separate trials.
After learning about plankton, we took a sample from just below the water’s surface.
|Surface water sample|
While the crew was setting up the next session, we crowded inside the small boathouse to examine what we had just collected under the microscope. Our group found lots of “comb jellies” which are related to jellyfish.
The next sample had us dragging the bottom of Long Island Sound.
|What will we find?|
The kids got to search through the results for hermit crabs and mollusks, which were then explained in easy to understand terms.
|Sifting through the dredge sample|
|Samples from our dredging|
Last, but not least, we used a net to trawl through the waters. The kids helped pull in the heavy net
|Hauling in the net|
and then we got to examine our booty!!
|Lots of horseshoe crabs, flounders, and one blue crab|
Each fish was identified, explained, measured, and then logged into a data sheet before being released back into the water.
|Identifying the fish we caught|
|Measuring horseshoe crabs|
I’ve never seen kids so excited to handle live fish and crabs. Talk about a great way to encourage future scientists!
Thank you, Maritime Aquarium for a great day and a fabulous outing. I couldn’t ask for a better experience to write about for my 200th post!