OCS Marine Science at Glance
160 Students per year
6th grade: 9 week class
7th/8th: 18 week class
Thirty 10 gallon tanks filled with brackish water collected from the local estuary.
Two 150 Gallon estuarine tanks.
One 450 gallon reef tank.
There are on average 6 different species of crabs and 9 different species of fish in the estuarine tanks
Students monitor water quality and perform maintenance in the estuarine tanks..
All animals have been collected from the local estuary with a scientific collection permit from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
6th/ 7th/ 8th: Oceanography: Salinity, tides, dissolved oxygen, ocean acidification
7th: Sampling, sea level rise, marsh ecology, sea turtle populations and trends, bottlenose dolphin behavior and population estimation procedures, finfish anatomy/ aging using otoliths
8th: Barrier island geology, ecology, and history, using GIS to monitor water quality, grass shrimp parasite study, pollution and conservation
In the Field
Boat trips with Bull River Cruises (6th), UGA (7th), and SSU (8th).
Skidaway Island: Priest Landing/ maritime forest study
Skidaway Narrows: Salt Marsh Ecology and Vegetation Sampling
Pin Point Heritage Museum: African American History on the Georgia Coast
Ossabaw Island: African American History on the Georgia Coast/ Native American History on the Georgia Coast
27 Total Trips in the 2018-2019 school year.
8th Grade volunteers for UGA Marine Science Day
UGA Youth Ocean Conservation Summit participation
Mr. Isaac Martin: Presentation and workshop on Pin Point and net making.