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STS Biology Program Class Descriptions

Sound/Salt Marsh:
Students will focus on the concept of the sound and salt marsh as the nursery of the ocean. They will learn about the adaptations of fish, crabs and various plants that live in the salt marsh. They will find out about the importance of water quality to the sound and salt marsh and learn to do a simple water quality test.

Beach/Ocean:
Students will learn about barrier island formation and movement and that beach erosion is a natural part of that process. They will learn about the adaptations of various animals that live in the subtidal, intertidal and supratidal zones of the beach.

Freshwater Pond:
Students will learn about the importance and rarity of clean, fresh water. They will use the bioscope to get a closer look at the myriad adaptations of water insects and fish. They will learn about pond succession and the amazing qualities of the plants that live around the pond.

Maritime Forest:
Students will learn about the importance of the maritime forest to the various animals that live there. They will learn about the anatomy and adaptations of a maritime forest tree. They will learn about medicinal plants, and perhaps have the chance to eat at the "Outdoor Café" and learn about wild edibles.

Dissection:
Students will focus on the anatomy and physiology of one of our Bogue Sound residents by dissecting either a squid or a fish. In addition we also offer Comparative Anatomy Dissection which compares plant and animal anatomy and physiology.

Challenge Course:
Students will learn that cooperation, teamwork and creative problem-solving techniques can overcome any physical or mental challenge.
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