The Virtual Classes listed below will be tailored for Kindergarten through 4th-grade students. To learn more and to book a class, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adaptations in coastal Alabama’s fishes
Fishes show many adaptations to their environment. This class explores the relationship between a fish’s habitat and its body shape, its fins, and mouth shape using a wide variety of fishes from the waters of Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico.
Sharks and Rays of the Gulf of Mexico
Sharks and rays are fascinating animals. In this class, sharks and rays are compared and used to illustrate many aspects of animal biology, including skeletal, digestive, circulatory, excretory, and reproductive systems as well as human impacts on ocean ecosystems.
Sea Turtles and other Gulf coast reptiles
This class explores the biology of turtles, focusing on sea turtles but including other Gulf coast reptile species. With a focus on conservation, it presents the impacts of marine debris, climate change, fishing bycatch, and why many species of Gulf coast turtles are endangered.
Coastal Invertebrates of Alabama
Accounting for 97% of the Animal Kingdom, invertebrates have adapted to every habitat on planet earth from the bottom of the deep sea to the tops of mountains. In this class, students observe and learn about invertebrate biodiversity through preserved and live specimen demonstrations.
Estuaries and the Mobile Bay watershed
Join us as we discover where rivers meet the sea. In this class, students learn about the importance of water to life on Earth, explore Alabama’s estuary, see some of the organisms that call it home for part or all of the year, and understand how being “upriver” impacts these downstream habitats through interactive demonstrations and activities.
Barrier islands and beach ecology
Many students have been to the beach, but perhaps not realized the importance of these beautiful ecosystems in protecting the mainland and providing habitats for variety of plants and animals. This class explores microscopic and macroscopic beach inhabitants living there, the adaptations these inhabitants show to living in this constantly changing habitat and how beaches are created and changed by natural and human forces.
Coastal food webs
Eat or be eaten is the name of the game for survival in many ecosystems. In this class, students will see and investigate adaptations for finding and catching food and those that keep them from being food! We will explore how matter cycles and energy flows through coastal ecosystems in a variety of coastal habitats.
Making friends and enemies – interactions among ocean organisms
Animals in the ocean show a variety of relationships with each other. Some work together for mutual benefit, others live inside another, while others simply eat each other. In this class, students will explore mutualism, parasitism, commensalism, and predation using ocean examples.
Stinging things in the ocean – jellies and corals
Why aren’t there coral reefs in Alabama? Join us to explore one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth, the coral reef, and understand why we don’t have reefs in Alabama. We’ll explore how corals are related to those pesky little jellies that can sting us and investigate human impacts on these critical biomes.