Sea turtles put the fun in Science! STEM is a common acronym for the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC), a non-profit sea turtle and ocean conservation organization in Juno Beach, Florida, embraces and focuses on the Science discipline of STEM.
The education team at the center is constantly working on ways to make the sciences fun and interactive for children. LMC offers various weekly educational programs, along with free admission to more than 230,000 visitors annually, with many of them being school-aged children. The center’s mission is to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. LMC offers educational programs for every interest. Whether you would like to visit the center for a field trip, or take advantage of one of LMC’s versatile outreach programs, there is something for every focus and education level. If geography is stopping you from visiting the center or having us travel to you, then perhaps a Virtual Field Trip might be the answer. With the use of Skype and a computer or tablet, students are able to experience the center virtually through the use of technology. Viewers can browse our sea turtle patients and hospital facility on their “tour,” as well as learn the importance of ocean conservation. Virtual Field Trips are completely customizable and can focus on anything you like — from sea turtles in our hospital to nesting on the beach, or even an eco-tour in the mangrove lagoon!
A creative way that teachers can engage their students with LMC’s sea turtles and cause is by “adopting” a sea turtle patient. Not only will you be able to choose which sea turtle you want to sponsor, your donation will also help fund the rehabilitation of that sea turtle patient, as well as our education and research programs. You can adopt a sea turtle for your classroom for as little as $25. The center offers teachers 30 percent off their normal prices. Once you select a sea turtle, you can go online and follow your adopted turtle’s treatment plan. The center posts weekly updates and your class can follow the turtle’s journey from rescue to release. You can also use the adoption as a teaching tool. Educational materials are included in all packets. Other adoption levels include additional learning resources — DVD, sea turtle stuffed animal, etc.
The center also offers Turtle Walks and Hatchling Releases during the summertime. These popular programs are not to be missed if you’re vacationing to Florida. Wildlife Turtle Walks are amazing experiences that allow guests to learn about and observe the nesting and egg-laying process of Loggerhead Sea turtles. Hatchling Releases allow the public to witness some of the first crawls for threatened and endangered sea turtle hatchlings. Turtle Walks are offered in June and July and Hatchling Releases are offered in August and September. Both programs are $17 for non-members and $12 for members.
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