The Science Department at Woodland Park Middle School is thrilled to offer an exciting opportunity for our science-minded students. In June, 18-20 students, along with at least two chaperones (one male and one female) will travel to Key Largo, Florida to study at the MarineLab. While there, students will engage in captivating labs on MarineLab’s “floating” classroom, and daily boat trips will take students to various aquatic ecosystems to study the biodiversity found at each site. MarineLab is an all-inclusive program. Students will be housed in MarineLab’s dormitories, and breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the student cafeteria.
Prior to arriving at Marinelab, your child will spend at least two days in Fort Lauderdale enjoying the beach, eating out, swimming at the hotel pool, and visiting with friends. We are also excited to announce we will be participating in an interactive dolphin program for one of the afternoon activities.
Based on past trips to MarineLab, we are confident that your child will have the experience of a lifetime. We look forward to working with you throughout this year as we plan, help raise funds, and answer any questions parents or students may have.
MarineLab is a program of the Marine Resources Development Foundation (MRDF) and is located at the MRDF facility on Key Largo, Florida. MRDF is a non-profit organization created in 1971 to help improve the quality of life on earth through education and the responsible use of marine resources for food, fresh water, energy, minerals and medicine. You can visit MRDF’s website to learn more about our history, projects, and management staff.
MarineLab has been in operation since 1985, and serves 5,000 students and teachers each year. Most of our schools have returned to us year after year, which tells us that we are on the right track with our curriculum, presentations, and staff! Art Mitchell (retired in 2007) and Ginette Hughes (still here) were instrumental in designing the MarineLab program from the teacher’s first phone call to the group’s final departure, and that basic formula is still working for us. Over the years, the content has improved, the facility has improved, and the presentations have kept up with technology, but the basic mission of MarineLab has never changed:
To use education and adventure in the Florida Keys marine ecosystem to foster environmental awareness and stewardship on a local, regional, and global scale.