Little Lagoon Preservation Society News
Coastal Fieldtrip Program in G.Shores, Community Based Science Tour
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2012
P.O. Box 6166
Gulf Shores AL 36547
1054 West Beach Blvd.
Gulf Shores AL 36542
Coastal Fieldtrip Program in Gulf Shores, AL
Opens With a Community-Based Science Tour
Gulf Shores, Alabama--Gulf Shores Beach Retreat and Ocean Camp, a certified marine/environmental education program hosted 29 Middle/High School students from Calvary Christian School in Orange Beach for a two-week fieldtrip program recently- ‘Water Quality in our Local Environment’. The Beach Retreat is ideally located on West Beach Blvd. in Gulf Shores positioned within walking distance of the natural diversity at the Gulf of Mexico and Little Lagoon, a brackish body of water on the island.
Student curriculum was guided by Alabama COS Objectives in Aqua/Environmental Sciences. The program opened with a focus on diversity, recreation, and economics of our water resources, then students participated in a mock trial, presided by Foley attorney, Tanya Hallford, as they became plaintiffs against a fictitious developer of ‘Six Flags over Alabama’ moving to the area. A community-based tour during the week included water testing at the Little Lagoon Preservation Society field lab, led by Dennis Hatfield; AL Marine Resources Marine Biologist, Karon Aplin, informed students about coastal issues plus facilitated fish dissections. Gulf Shores Utilities employees, Albert & Buck, explained how clean water reaches our homes and businesses while the students toured local water pumping stations. Interns from Birmingham Southern College, Laura Clontz & Laura Oliveros, enhanced the program.
The program utilized technology, group discussions, onsite field work, hands-on investigations, field professionals, journaling, exploration and seine net observations; making water filters; sand sculpting, and sharing of their own water conservation projects.
For information/list of program courses & scheduling:
Retreat Photos are available on http://www.gulfshoresbeachretreat.com/