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>Muddy Creek Canoe Trip

Grades: 5-8
Group Capacity: 20 students
Time: At least 2 hours
Cost: $15 per student

 Overview | Discussion Topics |
Resources | Scheduling | Costs |

> Overview

The Muddy Creek Canoe trip is a guided tour that will take participants on an ecological adventure through several ecosystems on a tidal creek on SERC's property to study the ecology of the wetlands. The canoe trip creates an opportunity to see wetlands and forested riverbanks and observe wildlife such as birds, deer, muskrats, turtles, and aquatic organisms. Students will learn simple canoeing skills while observing the surrounding ecosystem and identifying certain species with a field guide.

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> Discussion Topics

Fresh and saltwater mixing in Muddy Creek
> Marsh grasses and animal habitats
> Stream dynamics and erosion
> Function of wetlands
> Fish migration
> SERC research

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> Resources

> Marsh Explorations Teacher and Student Guide 

The Marsh Explorations Teacher and Student Guide provides the scientific background for the investigations and describes the procedures and equipment for each Marsh Explorations station. Before visiting SERC, teachers and station leaders need to learn about the activities at the stations they are responsible for. Experience has shown that the better prepared the teachers and station leaders are, the more rewarding the experience is for the students.

>> Download the Marsh Explorations Field Guide PDF

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> Scheduling

To schedule a field trip, contact Karen McDonald at SERC's Education Department for available dates or use our "Field Trip Registration Request" form. After we receive the form, education staff will contact you to discuss dates and confirm your field trip.

You will need about 2-3 hours for the Muddy Creek Canoe Trip.

Combined with the Marsh Explorations, the complete Wetland Ecology Program can be a full-day program.

If you are only registering for this component, trips may be longer than 2.5 hours if advance notice is given.

At least one teacher/leader is required to chaperon the participants. Canoing experience is helpful but not necessary.

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> Cost

The cost per student for Wetland Ecology field trips in 2013 - 2014 is $15. Please pay when you arrive.

The Teachers' Corner has information on available grants that might help cover part of your field trip expenses. 

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