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Middle School Workshops

We dare you to explore where no one has gone before...to become curious today and learn to be vocal tomorrow!


Plankton & Plastics

Ever wonder where all of that plastic goes? Discover a world of marine creatures you probably didn't know existed and then see how our bad recycling habits have hindered their habitat and our diet. 

Students will be able to: 

  • Define plankton and nekton 
  • Describe the difference between phytoplankton and zooplankton
  • Operate a microscope with care and professionalism
  • Identify common plankton under a microscope
  • Understand the importance of plankton in the marine food web
  • Discuss how plastic and humans have impacted the marine food web 
  • Brainstorm ways to refuse plastic in everyday living
  • Define advocacy 
  • Create a unique art project that demonstrates environmental advocacy

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Songs of the Sea

Have you ever wanted to learn how to speak whale (or at least hear them sing)? Go no further, we have the workshop for you!

Students will be able to: 

  • Analyze songs and sounds from humpback whales
  • Identify patterns in humpback whale songs (i.e. pitch, form, vocalizations, etc.)
  • Create a hypothesis on why whales may sing
  • Discuss the history of how whale songs were first discovered
  • Discuss how humans have impacted marine habitat
  • Define advocacy
  • Compose a rap song that expresses hope for the ocean
  • Perform and record composition (To listen to songs written by past OPAK students, please visit our OPAK Student Songs Page)

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Marsh Critters

Think creepy and crawly, but skip the creepy! Join us for a workshop about critters that have been here since the dinosaurs were alive!

Students will be able to:

  • Define a salt marsh and demonstrate its importance for marine life
  • Identify common salt marsh critters (i.e horseshoe crabs, bivalves, crustaceans, birds, etc.)
  • Conduct water quality experiments to test the health of the water
  • Document water quality results in an international database
  • Describe the importance of horseshoe crabs
    o    How long have they been around?
    o    Where do we find them?
    o    Why do humans rely on them?
  • Define advocacy
  • Create a unique art project that demonstrates environmental advocacy

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On average, our middle school workshops run from 1 hour to 90 minutes. Please contact us about pricing. We try our best to work with each school's budget.

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