Day Programs

Sound to Sea Day Program Options

 

3-hour Group Challenge Course

Explore your human community with Trinity Center's professionally-designed Group Challenge Course. With trained staff as facilitators, participants discover how to function as a group by employing creative problem-solving techniques. Groups meet unforgettable physical challenges by working together, by depending on each other, and by recognizing each group member's unique contributions. These group-building skills travel back to school to strengthen the classroom, work or group community. The Group Challenge Course promotes interdependence among group members and promotes the idea that any group can become more effective at problem-solving.

3-Hour Environmental Program

Students can explore the sound and salt marsh as they learn about the concept of the nursery of the ocean. They can learn about the adaptations of fish, crabs and various plants that live in the salt marsh. They can also have the opportunity to go to the beach and learn about barrier island formation and movement and that beach erosion is a natural part of that process. They can learn about the adaptations of various animals that live in the subtidal, intertidal and supratidal zones of the beach.

 

Group Size: Group size is limited to between 8 and 12 individuals.

Group Makeup: To ensure a productive learning environment, school age children should vary in age by no more than 2 grade levels. We will be happy to set up intergenerational programs.

Availability: There are only a limited number of weekday and weekend programs available. Calling early is recommended, though we cannot guarantee availability.

Cost: $155 per instructor

 

Please choose up to two of the following classes as part of your three-hour program.

 

Barrier Island Ecology

1 ½ -3 hour class. Stroll from the sound to the ocean with our staff naturalist, as you visit five dramatically different habitats and we highlight the island's geologic past. Available for grades 9-12 and adult groups.

Beach Walk and Turtle Talk

1 ½ hour class. Join our staff naturalist for a relaxed and informative look at the plants, animals and shells of this fragile habitat and a discussion of North Carolina's endangered sea turtles. Available for grades 1-12.

Birds of Prey

1 ½ hour class. Showcases our live birds of prey with added lessons covering properties of air, mechanics of flight, and bird adaptations. Available for grades 1-8.

Maritime Forest Exploration

1 ½ hour class. A botanical tour through our coastal woodland features an array of unusual wild edibles, which we'll sample at the end of the program. Available for grades 1-12 and adult groups.

Sound Exploration

1 ½ hour class. We'll use dip nets to discover what lives in our Sound and get wet in the process. Available for grades 1-12 and adult groups.

Beach Exploration

1 ½ hour class. Learn about the beach habitat, the animals and plants that live on it, and some of the issues that are challenging the beach today. Available for grades 1-12.

Pond Exploration

1 ½ hour class. Use dip nets to explore and learn about the plants, animals and insects that live in and around the freshwater pond. Available for grades 1-12.

Coastal Native Americans

1 ½ hour class. From hide tanning and natural fiber rope making to hunting and fire starting, we'll demonstrate the life skills of the earliest North Carolinians. Available for grades 3-8.

Whales and Whalers

1 ½ hour class. Hands-on activities and incredible stories illustrate topics from whale biology to ship- and shore-based whaling. Available for grades 1-8.

Group Challenge Course

1 ½ hour class. Explore your human community with Trinity Center's professionally-designed Group Challenge Course. With trained staff as facilitators, participants discover how to function as a group by employing creative problem-solving techniques. Groups meet unforgettable physical challenges by working together, by depending on each other, and by recognizing each group member's unique contributions. These group-building skills travel back to school to strengthen the classroom, work or group community. The Group Challenge Course promotes interdependence among group members and promotes the idea that any group can become more effective at problem-solving.

Full-Day (6-Hour) Environmental Program

Students will participate in a Barrier Island Ecology Class. This component introduces students to the barrier island habitats, geological history, basic ecological concepts and general habitat study skills that are reinforced throughout the entire program. Sound to Sea instructors encourage exploration and present various ecological concepts, such as habitats, cycles, communities, populations, species or food webs. Groups then enjoy 3 classes on chosen focus topics. Topics include classes on the Sound/Salt Marsh, Beach/Ocean, Freshwater Pond, Maritime Forest, Dissection or Group Challenge Course.

 

Group Size: Group size is limited to between 8 and 12 individuals.

Group Makeup: To ensure a productive learning environment, school age children should vary in age by no more than 2 grade levels. We will be happy to set up intergenerational programs.

Availability: There are only a limited number of weekday and weekend programs available. Calling early is recommended, though we cannot guarantee availability.

Cost: $250 per instructor

 

To create a full-day schedule, you will begin with Barrier Island Ecology class and may choose up to three other classes from the following list. Program times can vary, so please discuss possible programming options with the Trinity Center Program Director.

 

Barrier Island Ecology

1 ½ -3 hour class. Stroll from the sound to the ocean with our staff naturalist, as you visit five dramatically different habitats and we highlight the island's geologic past. Available for grades 9-12 and adult groups.

Beach Walk and Turtle Talk

1 ½ hour class. Join our staff naturalist for a relaxed and informative look at the plants, animals and shells of this fragile habitat and a discussion of North Carolina's endangered sea turtles. Available for grades 1-12.

Birds of Prey

1 ½ hour class. Showcases our live birds of prey with added lessons covering properties of air, mechanics of flight, and bird adaptations. Available for grades 1-8.

Maritime Forest Exploration

1 ½ hour class. A botanical tour through our coastal woodland features an array of unusual wild edibles, which we'll sample at the end of the program. Available for grades 1-12 and adult groups.

Sound Exploration

1 ½ hour class. We'll use dip nets to discover what lives in our Sound and get wet in the process. Available for grades 1-12 and adult groups.

Beach Exploration

1 ½ hour class. Learn about the beach habitat, the animals and plants that live on it, and some of the issues that are challenging the beach today. Available for grades 1-12.

Pond Exploration

1 ½ hour class. Use dip nets to explore and learn about the plants, animals and insects that live in and around the freshwater pond. Available for grades 1-12.

Coastal Native Americans

1 ½ hour class. From hide tanning and natural fiber rope making to hunting and fire starting, we'll demonstrate the life skills of the earliest North Carolinians. Available for grades 3-8.

Whalers and Whaling

1 ½ hour class. Hands-on activities and incredible stories illustrate topics from whale biology to ship- and shore-based whaling. Available for grades 1-8.

Group Challenge Course

1 ½ hour class. Explore your human community with Trinity Center's professionally-designed Group Challenge Course. With trained staff as facilitators, participants discover how to function as a group by employing creative problem-solving techniques. Groups meet unforgettable physical challenges by working together, by depending on each other, and by recognizing each group member's unique contributions. These group-building skills travel back to school to strengthen the classroom, work or group community. The Group Challenge Course promotes interdependence among group members and promotes the idea that any group can become more effective at problem-solving.

Multi-Day Programming

This option is a wonderful opportunity for area schools that want to study all the concepts of barrier island ecology and habitats, but live close enough to go home at night. Students will have the opportunity to explore all the barrier island habitats (depending on the length of the multi-day program). Multi-Day Programming is highly flexible and has many variations. Please call for more information if you are interested in this option.