2014 Summit Field Trips

2014 Ocean Literacy Summit

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Field trips and “Woods Hole Experiences”

This year’s Summit will include the following opportunities to explore Woods Hole laboratories and surrounding sites.

All field trips are free with Summit registration, but require advance sign-up when you register. Some experiences have limited space.

Thursday, Nov 6,  1 pm to 3 pm:

FULL – Science Cruise with Zephyr Education Foundation (Rob Reynolds)    Capacity: 20

zephyr boatWe will travel about two miles into Vineyard Sound and replicate a hands-on scientific cruise. We’ll deploy an underwater towed video camera providing a live feed on-board and allowing us to view different benthic habitats and marine animals. We’ll then dredge to collect invertebrates (urchins, stars, crabs, etc.) as they do at the labs here and discuss how they are used in research. We’ll also do a plankton tow, measure some water quality parameters and use a secchi disk. We’ll deploy and recover an acoustically-releasable instrumented mooring to illustrate some of the engineering technology used in oceanographic research and then download and review the data on board. We will also observe the Woods Hole currents and go past our Vineyard Sound permanent mooring that provides real-time meteorological data at our website. Attendees are welcome to download our Zephyr “Ocean Scientist” app to collect and upload data and observations made during the cruise.


WHOI Dock Tour and Ocean Science Exhibit Center (Kama Thieler, Joanne Tromp)    Capacity: 20waterfront park copy

Tour the WHOI Dock and other restricted areas of the institution’s village facilities. On the dock complex, we’ll visit the High Bay to see the Deepsea Challenger and hear about the recent upgrades to the Alvin submersible. We’ll also visit rigging and fabrication shops, see the deep diving test well, and oceanographic sampling equipment for upcoming cruises. We’ll then visit the Redfield Laboratory to see some labs in the WHOI Biology Department. The tour will end at the Ocean Sciences Exhibit Center.



MBL Marine Resources Center (David Remsen)aquar toadfish    Capacity: 20

The MBL Marine Resources Center maintains healthy organisms for researchers to use year round for their experiments. They do so with a system that is completely redundant to prevent failures and remotely accessible to prevent major losses. The Center has three floors of operations including seawater tanks of a wide variety of organisms, a procedures room, offices, a classroom, and many laboratories. Please see their webpage for more information: http://www.mbl.edu/mrc/about/




Walking tour:  “Woods Hole Maritime and Scientific History” (Erik Zettler, Mary Malloy, SEA)    Capacity: 15sun dial

Woods Hole has a fascinating maritime history as a port for whaling vessels, boats arriving with fish and guano (bird droppings), and research vessels. Join historian Mary Malloy and scientist Erik Zettler for a leisurely walking tour down Water Street highlighting some of the continuing history being made and science going on in this dynamic village. Both Mary and Erik have worked in Woods Hole for 30 years and routinely teach SEA Semester students about this unique community on the peninsula between Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound.



Waquoit Bay Reserve: Visitor Center and Salt Marsh Climate Change Sentinel Site Tour  (Off-site)map-tour-waquoitbay    Capacity: 15

At the only field trip not in Woods Hole, you’ll have time for a look around the Waquoit Bay Reserve Visitor Center and new outdoor exhibits, before heading out to South Cape Beach in Mashpee to explore one of the NERR System Sentinel Sites. Sentinel Sites have been established at National Estuarine Research Reserves around the nation for understanding the impacts of sea level/lake level change and inundation on coastal habitats. South Cape Beach is also the site of a multi-disciplinary study involving many institutions, entitled “Bringing Wetlands to Market” to examine the relationship between salt marshes, climate change, nitrogen pollution, and the economic value of salt marshes as carbon sinks. This field trip will be co-led by one of the project scientists and an educator who worked on the new STEM curriculum based on the project. Tour the salt marsh study site and learn about some activities from the curriculum for teaching these topics to high school students.

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Friday, Nov 7, During lunch (30-45 minutes):

FULL – WHOI Dock Tour – guided, prior sign up required

FULL – MBL Marine Resources Center Tour – guided, prior sign up required

Visit the NOAA Woods Hole Science Aquarium – self guided, timing flexible

Visit the WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center – self guided, timing flexible


Saturday, Nov 8, Suggested Activities (self-guided):

NOAA Woods Hole Science Aquarium mbl boat club

Falmouth bike path

Martha’s Vineyard by ferry

Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown

National Marine Life Center, Buzzards Bay

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster

Cape Cod National Seashore



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