Coastal Ecology Trip Provides Hands-On Learning
Grier students and their teacher Dr. Nancy Burke spent four days at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Wallops Island, Virginia, learning about coast ecology.
While learning about the intertidal zone, dune ecology, and maritime forest ecology, the group motored through the bay on a boat excursion, gathered specimen, and identified organisms in a lab setting. Mild weather meant that the group enjoyed the natural seaside and a visit to the red and white striped lighthouse on Assateague Island.
According to their Programs Brochure, CBFS’s mission is to provide outstanding multi-disciplinary educational and research opportunities that celebrate the rich natural, cultural, economic, and technological resources of themed-Atlantic Coast region through field-based and hands-on learning. To accomplish its mission, CBFS collaborates closely with community partners such as NASA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Parks Service, and other public and private partners.