Coastal Floating Lab
Come on a Coastal Floating Lab: An Awesome Experience!
Board a U.S. Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessel in Seabrook or Rye Harbor or come with your class to the UNH Pier in New Castle and explore marine science. In five stations, your students will measure and test WATER for dissolved oxygen, salinity and acidity; investigate BENTHIC creatures and learn how they adapt to their environment; catch PLANKTON and study zooplankton in a Discovery Scope; identify phytoplankton under a microscope and locate and identify fish in the GULF OF MAINE ecosystem; NAVIGATE the charts and bearings to find the catch of the day.
These "hands- on" exploratory floating Lab trips are designed for middle and high school students and provide support for many of the science standards. Trained volunteer UNH Marine docents lead the "stations" and make this outdoor "classroom" fun and memorable!
Bring a small group of students (25-30) to a floating lab on a passenger vessel; bring a larger group (up to 110 students) to the floating lab at the UNH Pier in New Castle. At the UNH Pier, we add visits to the UNH Marine Research Lab, to the historic Portsmouth Lighthouse and a trip on the UNH research vessel. In each case, we will work with you to fit the program into your curriculum needs.
The trips take place in the spring and the fall.