As part of Project Limulus we strive provide to educational outreach opportunities for all students K-12. Students participate and learn a variety of hands on activities focusing on marine biology, conservation and horseshoe crabs in the Long Island Sound Estuary (LIS). Activities will vary based on class size, age group and beach location. We also offer lessons plans for teachers to use with K-6 students and 7-12 students (see below) Lesson plans include both introductory information and activities on horseshoe crabs and activities and assignments to be conducted with data gathered from the beach. All plans correspond to grade specific CT science education standards. Activities around raising horseshoe crab eggs in the classroom are also available.
- PL K-6 Lesson Plans
- PL 7-12 Lesson Plan
- Photo Consent Form (Teachers please give this to your students to have signed by their parents prior to coming to the beach)
- 2012 Sample Data (Use with lesson plans for students to practice data analysis/math skills)
Any teachers interested in scheduling a program or for more information should contact the Project Limulus Educational Outreach Coordinator, Jo-Marie Kasinak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some activities include:
- Students learn how to use a seine net to catch fish directly off shore and how to identify common species of marine fish found within LIS.
- Explore the rocky intertidal zone, learning about adaptations organisms need to survive there and identify common species of invertebrates that live there.
- Learn how to identify common shore bird species and learn about their interactions with other beach dwelling species.
- Explore the marsh habitat, learning of its importance as a fish nursery and important functions it plays at the interface between land and sea. Learn about species that reside within the marsh.
- Participate in the tagging of horseshoe crabs with Project Limulus and learn about the importance of horseshoe crabs, medically, ecologically and economically, their anatomy and the purpose of the project.
Students at Work
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