Neptune Divers has been invited to join Rowland Hall this summer for an amazing educational week with some diving as well.
Students and Families,
The Summit to Sea: Marine Science and Ocean Rangers Training from June 8-16 will be advertised to the wide public via SummerWorks beginning on February 1st. This is an opportunity to commit to the trip early. Let me know if you have any questions or want to reserve early spots by January 30th at noon. This trip is sure to fill up. Snorkelers or SCUBA divers will have plenty of options.
Summit to Sea: Marine Science and Ocean Rangers Training in Florida Keys June 8-16, 2018 for students rising 6-12th grade
The Youth Ocean Ranger Training Program launches its inaugural Summit to Sea expedition from June 8-16, 2018. From inland communities to the coral reefs of the Florida Keys, our students combine their inspiration, learning, and service to make a positive impact on our planet.
Students scuba dive, snorkel, sail, and engage in citizen science learning about the most important issues facing our ocean today.
The Youth Ocean Ranger Training Program is a partnership between Rowland Hall and the Inland Ocean Coalition and is endorsed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA’s) National Marine Sanctuary program. Students participate in field research and coral outplanting to observe, report, and implement solutions that make our land-to-sea connection more sustainable.
What to Expect
Following is the itinerary for the nine-day excursion from June 8 - June 16, 2018:
Day 1: Fly to Florida and travel to Key Largo Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages.
Day 2: Participate in the Coral Restoration Foundation's annual "Coral Palooza" where students scuba dive in coral nurseries and outplant among protected reefs.
Day 3: Beach time and work with Coral Restoration Foundation. Students have an afternoon of rest and relaxation where they can swim, paddle, kayak and rest-up for the Pigeon Key science week.
Day 4: Arrive at Pigeon Key - participate in the open water swim and snorkel workshop, marine habitat scavenger hunt, and oxybenzone discussion.
Day 5: Kayak through mangroves, learn about shark biology, operate ROV shark research drones, and introduce REEF citizen science project.
Day 6: Scuba dive and snorkel at Sombrero Reef, participate in conservation angling, and learn about the scientific basis of ocean acidification.
Day 7: Scuba dive and snorkel at Looe Key, engage in marine debris citizen science at Bahia Honda beach, and learn about invasive species in the Florida Keys.
Day 8: Excursions to the Turtle Hospital, Dolphin Research Center, and exploration through nocturnal tide pools.
Day 9: Plastics discussion and solutions from inland sources to ocean gyre collections; fly home.
The Inland Ocean Coalition’s goal is to make the Youth Ocean Ranger training accessible to as many students as possible who are interested in positive social and ecological change.
Ocean Science in the Florida Keys: Approximately $2,300 per student
Includes airfare, insurance, room, meals, transport (bus and catamaran), and three 2-tank dives with professional dive masters.
Incidentals are not included.
Questions and registration should be directed to Ryan Hoglund, Director of Ethical Education, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org