COURSE DESCRIPTION

MATERIALS & LINKS

7-1 DEVELOPMENT OF LIVING ORGANISMS (1½ HOURS)

This biological science class offers a comprehensive look into the human body and homeostasis, the
body’s ability to regulate its inner environment. Students will use microscopes to enhance their knowledge
of the scientific theory of cells and investigate the general functions of the body’s major systems through
models and computer-aided learning. We’ll add the “eek” factor by exploring some of the infectious agents
that can affect the human body.

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7-2 COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS (1½ HOURS)

The coastal zone and the open sea cover 75% of our planet. Study how marine species are impacted by human intervention; differentiate between point and non-point pollution; and see the flow of rainwater
across the watershed to the sea through the use of a Coastal Enviroscape. Visit with our resident saltwater
friends and see the importance of taking care of our irreplaceable marine environments.

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7-3 MARINE SCIENCE (1½ HOURS)

Our 600-gallon saltwater touch tank provides a fantastic hands-on learning experience. Students will handle our resident stingrays, horseshoe and spider crabs and discuss the importance of coral reefs and tidal
pools to our valuable marine ecosystem.

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7-4 MICRO-WORLD (1½ HOURS)

Using powerful microscopes, students will make wet mounts to observe living organisms collected from
samples of pond water. This highly hands-on program includes taxonomy and examination of various phyla
examples that include algae, protozoan and other invertebrate microorganisms.

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7-5 WETLAND ECOSYSTEMS (1½ HOURS)

Wetlands are home to 5,000 plant species, a third of all native bird species, and countless reptiles and
amphibians—so why do developers and city planners want to fill these areas to build industrial parks? Meet
a few of our Florida animals and discover the importance of these ecosystems. Students will tour our on-
site wetland exhibit (weather permitting), then collect and analyze water samples. This experience will put
the students’ critical thinking skills to the test.

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