Electronic Explorations: The Salt Marsh Ecosystem

by  The Ward Melville Heritage Organization

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Study a salt marsh ecosystem without ever leaving your classroom! This distance learning program enables students outside our locale to "visit" and study our 88 acre salt marsh preserve. A qualified naturalist will guide students as they explore the transfer of energy in the salt marsh ecosystem and the interdependence of plants and animals in a salt marsh food web. The naturalist teaches right from the water's edge and students are able to see the live specimens the naturalist uncovers, ask questions and converse with him or her in real time. Students will consider the essential question "Why is it important not to interfere with the balance of an ecosystem?"

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About This Program


Multipoint: $150.00


45 minutes with question and answer session

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Parent

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we suggest no more then 30 students

Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please Note: Two weeks notice is required for all cancellations and rescheudules without penalty.

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The Ward Melville Heritage Organization

Stony Brook, NY
United States

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization is proud to offer state-of-the-art programming across the arts and sciences from our authentic historic and environmental properties. Broadcasting live from Long Island’s historic and
environmental landmarks--WMHO supports NY State and Common Core Standard
learning by creating rich virtual environment where students study and observe
artifacts, primary sources, and participate in an exchange of ideas. WMHO’s
digital platforms include (and are not limited to) Zoom, Google Classroom and MS

Deborah Boudreau

Program Details


-Instructor will discuss salt marsh ecology and
show maps of the area.

-The instructor will then explore the salt marsh
in real-time.

-The specimens that are collected during the
session will be looked at more closely and

-Program conclusion/question and answer session


The students will...
-explore the salt marsh ecosystem
-learn about the salt marsh food web
-learn the importance of salt marsh ecosystems for both human and animal health
-identify salt marsh plants and animals and their adaptations

Standards Alignment

National Standards

The program adheres to the Benchmarks for Science Literacy published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. See benchmark A, Diversity of Life for grades 6-8; benchmark D, Interdependence of Life for grades 6-8; and benchmark E, Flow of Matter and Energy.

State Standards

This program meets Standard 4 of the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science and Technology. See key ideas 6 and 7 for elementary students as they reference the interdependence of plants and animals, the sun as a source of energy for living cycles, and the ways in which humans have changed their environment and the effects of those changes. See also key ideas 6 and 7 for intermediate students as they reference the interdependence of plants and animals, the flow of energy and matter through food webs, and the effects of environmental changes on humans and other populations.