NOAA’s “EstuaryLive” Webcast Takes Students on Virtual Field Trip

April 29, 2009

Aerial image of estuary.

Aerial image of estuary.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Students of all ages will have an opportunity on May 1 and May 15 to take a virtual field trip in the marshes and bays of four estuaries as part of NOAA’s “EstuaryLive” webcast.  Students in their classrooms will interact with scientists in the field from NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System to learn about the animals and physical dynamics of estuaries, the critical ecosystems where rivers meet the sea.

The scientists will explain various facts about estuaries, ranging from the animals and plants that live there to the physical dynamics of tides and rivers and the mingling of fresh- and saltwater. They will discuss the observed and anticipated impacts of climate change such as rising sea level and warming water temperatures for the Web audiences and for students in the field with them.

Students can e-mail questions to the scientists, who will answer on air and by e-mail. All programs will be archived on the Web for later viewing. Past “EstuaryLive” programs are already archived online.

This year’s webcasts will consist of two 30-minute segments on May 1 highlighting the Hudson River Reserve in New York, South Slough Reserve in Oregon, and Padilla Bay Reserve in Washington. Two webcasts on May 15 will highlight the Weeks Bay Reserve in Alabama.

Registration for teachers and other interested parties is online. The site also contains helpful resources for getting the most from the “EstuaryLive” program, and other NOAA educational resources about estuaries and estuarine science.

“EstuaryLive” is part of the NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s robust online educational presence, which includes complete classroom curricula, videos, quizzes, an educational game and various other resources for students and teachers.

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of 27 reserves in 21 states and Puerto Rico, protecting more than 1.3 million acres of coastal and estuarine areas for research, education and stewardship purposes in support of coastal management.

2009 “EstuaryLive” Schedule (all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

May 1, 2009

 11:15 am - 11:45 am

 Hudson River Reserve, New York

 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

 South Slough Reserve, Oregon

 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm

 Padilla Bay Reserve, Washington

 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

 Hudson River Reserve, New York

 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

 Padilla Bay Reserve, Washington

 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

 South Slough Reserve, Oregon

May 15, 2009

11:00 am - 12:00 pm  Weeks Bay Reserve, Alabama

 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     Weeks Bay Reserve, Alabama    

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