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Adaptation Station: Mangrove Invertebrates

from MarineLab

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Marine biologist instructors will anchor in Florida Bay to show
off the beautiful mangroves of  the Florida Keys.  Students
will better understand adaptation by observing live organisms that inhabit the
mangrove habitat, identifying structures and behaviors of these organisms, and
explaining possible benefits of these observations in terms of survival.  Plenty of time will be provided for Q + A
with mangrove “critters” such as sea stars, flatworms and sea slugs

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About This Program


Point to Point: $175.00
Point to Point Premium: $165.00


45 -60 minutes (we are flexible)

Target Audience

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

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Program Delivery Mode

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

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

The program can be canceled at no cost up until 48 hours of the program date. Within 48 hours, the full cost of the program will be charged, unless it is rescheduled.

About This Provider

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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. Boat ride to Florida Bay
2. What is a mangrove?
3. Short video to observe invertebrates living in the underwater mangrove habitat
4.. Observe individual live animals, making note of structures and behaviors that would allow the animal to survive in the mangrove habitat
5. Explain adaptation
6. In-depth investigation into the concept of adaptation (younger students will think about adaptations of a favorite animal while older students will play "fake news" to better understand common misconceptions)
7. Q+A time with all of the live animals that were collected


Students will:
- observe live invertebrates that were collected from the mangrove habitat of Florida Bay
- engage with a marine biologist
- develop an understanding of adaptations by making sense of structures and behaviors they observe
- practice the scientific skill of observation

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Featured Science Practice: constructing explanations
Featured Cross Cutting Concept: structure and function
Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS1.A. Structure and Function, LS2.A. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, LS4.B-C Natural Selection and Adaptation

MS-LS1-4 Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively

MS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment

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

HS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation base don evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.

State Standards

Recognize that animal behaviors may be shaped by heredity and learning.

Recognize and explain that scientists base their explanations on evidence.

Describe how, when the environment changes, differences between individuals allow some plants and animals to survive and reproduce while others die or move to new locations.

Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors and physical characteristics.

Recognize and explain that science is grounded in empirical observations that are testable; explanation must always be linked with evidence

Explore the scientific theory of evolution by relating how the inability of a species to adapt within a changing environment may contribute to the extinction of that species.

Understand that scientific investigations involve the collection of relevant empirical evidence, the use of logical reasoning, and the application of imagination in devising hypotheses, predictions, explanations and models to make sense of the collected evidence.

Explain how the scientific theory of evolution is supported by the fossil record, comparative anatomy, comparative embryology, biogeography, molecular biology, and observed evolutionary change.

Explain the general distribution of life in aquatic systems as a function of chemistry, geography, light, depth, salinity, and temperature.

Discuss how various oceanic and freshwater processes, such as currents, tides, and waves, affect the abundance of aquatic organisms.

Describe how scientific inferences are drawn from scientific observations and provide examples from the content being studied.