Programs

School Field Trips

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Programs

School Field Trips

The focus of our field trip visits is to teach students the concepts of what defines a wetland, at home conservation techniques to protect water quality and attract/sustain wildlife, introduce students to the bayou and its physical place in the watershed, its interaction with the marsh, river, and greater estuary, the basic concepts of what defines a bay head swamp, the different habitat scales of various wetland types, and to allow students to grasp the concepts of how different wetlands contribute to the health of the estuarine system and the greater watershed. Most importantly, students will travel on the river via a coast guard certified tour vessel with a trained Audubon Naturalist. (McCoy's Swamp and River Tours)  All students are required to wear life jackets!

Through this process, students will learn the importance of aquatic estuaries, wetland conservation, and storm water management. All of this information ties into the general theories of conserving the quality and understanding of the watershed in the Pascagoula River basin. In turn, these concepts of the watershed are emphasized to students and the general public on local, regional, and global terms. Interpretive activities will reinforce these concepts, and allow students to see the greater connection that conservation techniques play in preserving all wetland habitats.

The bay head is particularly important to understanding the concepts of storm water management, pesticide and chemical usage in the community, and supporting organisms. On site storm water management techniques will help students synthesis how important run off and storm water control is to the health of the river and all surrounding habitats. Examples include: Rainwater gardens, native plant landscaping, composting, and backyard habitat creation.

Cost: $23 per student

Capacity per visit: 44 students and four adults. (Call for details)

Educators ride the boat free of charge, but chaparones are charged student rate

Contact Erin Parker for additional information. 228.475.0825 or eparker@audubon.org

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