The premier one-stop website for live, interactive learning experiences. Live, interactive learning experiences.


Virtual Snorkel: Coral Reef Ecology

from MarineLab

Program image

If students can’t come visit Key Largo's reef with MarineLab in person, then next best thing is a guided reef
snorkel with a marine biologist over the web. 
Students will not only get to see a piece of the reef here in the Florida
Keys, but will learn the names of the some of the fish, understand why coral is
important, practice ID skills and younger students will play a game along the way to assist with
observation.  Let’s go snorkeling

Program Rating

This program has not yet been evaluated.

Book it!

About This Program


Point to Point: $75.00
Point to Point Premium: $65.00


45 -60 minutes (we are flexible!)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

Book it!

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

Can cancel at no cost up to 48 hours before the program. Within 48 hours you will be charged the cost of the program, unless it is rescheduled.

About This Provider

Content Provider logo



Key Largo, FL
United States

MarineLab is the education arm of Marine Resources Development Foundation (MRDF), a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1970 in the US Virgin Islands. After years of conducting research and developing underwater research stations and the technology for living and working in the sea, MRDF's founder Ian Koblick turned his eyes towards Florida and expanding MRDF's activities to include education.  Since 1985, thousands of students a year have participated in our marine science programs in Key Largo.  We are an experiential education facility where students can learn about ecology by exploring the underwater habitats surrounding the island.  In 2020, we created eMarineLab, an opportunity for our marine biologist instructors to connect virtually with students across the world.  MarineLab's mission is "to use education and adventure in the Florida Keys ecosystem to foster environmental awareness and stewardship on a local, regional, and global scale."

Anne Hill

Program Details


1. Where are the Florida Keys?
2. What is coral?
2. Snorkel gear!
3. Boat ride to the coral reef
4. "Virtual" snorkel: underwater video will be narrated live by a marine biologist instructor who will point out interesting animals, answer questions about what they are seeing, etc.
5. Open-ended discussion question based on grade level (topics include the effect of climate change on coral and behavioral changes students can do to help the reef in the Florida Keys"


Participants will:
- explore the Florida Keys coral reef
- practice identification
- learn fun facts about coral reef inhabitants
- interact with a marine biologist

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

Featured Science Practice: engaging in argument from evidence

Featured Cross-Cutting Concept: stability and change, cause and effect

Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS2.A Interdependent relationships in ecosystems, LS2.C ecosystem dynamics, functioning and resilience, LS1.A. structure and function

4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

MS-LS1-5. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms

MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.

State Standards


SC.4.L.17.4 Recognize ways plants and animals, including humans, can impact the environment
SC.4.N.1.1 Raise questions about the natural world, use appropriate reference materials that support understanding to obtain information (identifying the source), conduct both individual and team investigations through free exploration and systematic investigations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.
SC.4.N.1.6 Keep records that describe observations made, carefully distinguishing actual observations from ideas and inferences about the observations.
SC.5.L.17.1: Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycle variations, animal behaviors, and physical characteristics.
SC.7.L.17.2 Compare and contrast the relationships among organisms such as mutualism, predation, parasitism, competition, and commensalism.
Compare and contrast the relationships among organisms, including predation, parasitism, competition, commensalism, and mutualism.
Predict the impact of individuals on environmental systems and examine how human lifestyles affect sustainability.