Our seventh graders spent the week of April 1st exploring the marine environments of Little Cayman. Students participated in a three-day program at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) where marine scientists led snorkeling excursions on the pristine reefs surrounding the island. Students developed reef identification skills and were treated to swims with nurse sharks, turtles, and a variety of other resident species. In addition to the twice-daily experiential water experiences, students observed a dissection of the invasive lionfish while learning the anatomy and life cycle of this controversial species. Classroom instruction ranged from bio-accumulation to reef restoration. Community experts from the National Trust gave informative talks about the red-footed booby and rock iguana followed by a wonderful trip into Little Cayman's past at the Natural History Museum. Furthermore, a community service element was integrated into the program as students participated in a beach clean-up while learning about the effects of human consumption practices on the environment first hand. Finally, the students all returned with a new sense of community as new friendships were made and old friendships strengthened. Thanks, CCMI staff for another fantastic experience!
Seventh Graders Explore Little Cayman