Field Trips

NOTICE: SPRING 2015 FIELD TRIPS will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays. Times are flexible but normally go from 9/9:30am thru 12:30/1:00pm. See next section below for more details on how to schedule a field trip.  Spring 2015 Grad Students leading the trips will be Amanda Normand (amanda.normand-2@selu.edu) and Zachary Leggett (zachary.leggett@selu.edu). Boat Captain for Pontoon Boat is Turtle Cove Caretaker Hayden Reno.

 Turtle Cove is pleased to offer exciting and educational field experiences for schools and other groups interested in wetland and aquatic sciences, as well as the environmental history and issues related to Louisiana's coastal wetland loss. kids canoeingField trips are available year-round (dependent on good weather), on certain days of the week depending on time of school year and availability of staff, and they feature demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on exploration of the Manchac wetlands, all facilitated by professional scientists.

 

Turtle Cove Graduate Students (from the Department of Biological Sciences) assist the Boat Captain in leading visiting groups, lending a different perspective each time to these already unique outings. Trips are held on weekdays only, and are dependent on when Turtle Cove graduate and undergraduate students are available to lead the trips for any given semester. For Spring, Summer and Fall semesters, this will be one or two days per week on Mondays thru Thursdays (specific days designated each semester). There is no charge for trips, but we gladly accept donations to help cover the cost of gas and other expenses (see below for more info on making a donation to Turtle Cove).

 

Turtle Cove recently updated its field trips with funding from both NOAA and GOMA for the Young Scientists Field Training Programs under each grant (see previous pages). These programs are appropriate for middle and high school students (and related community-based groups) seeking more advanced skills in wetland science. Check out our new Self-Guided Boardwalk Tour complete with outlines of each educational station on the boardwalk and a printable copy of our Visitor's Guide.

 

Field Trip Information, Scheduling, and Registration Form

NOTICE: Spring 2015 field trips will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays. Times are flexible but normally go from 9/9:30am thru 12:30/1:00pm. See link to "5-page info sheet" below for more details and to schedule a trip.  Spring 2015 Grad Students leading the trips will be Amanda Normand (amanda.normand-2@selu.edu) and Zachary Leggett (zachary.leggett@selu.edu). Boat Captain for Pontoon Boat is Turtle Cove Caretaker Hayden Reno.

**IMPORTANT (i.e., Registration Form)**    For more information on what takes place during a field trip and to schedule a trip, read the linked 5-Page Information Sheet and Registration Form for Field Trips (to schedule a trip, fill out page 5 of the form and email back tormoreau@selu.edu). You can also contact Rob Moreau for more information on field trips via email or phone (Office: 985-549-5008 and Cell: 504-231-1067).

 NOTE: Prior to your field trip, all participants MUST complete the appropriate forms (which includes the important waiver, or "Hold Harmless" form).

 

What the Field Trip Includes

A typical field trip involves meeting at the girl with net boat dock/classroom at Galva Canal in Manchac (Akers, LA) for a short lecture/discussion of wetlands ecosystems, environmental issues, and exploration of various physical and biological aspects of the Manchac wetlands. The group will then dipnet to collect various wetland critters. After that collection, the group boards a 40-foot pontoon boat for a trip to the wetlands surrounding the research station. Canoes are also available for field trips. We can trail up to 10 canoes for a trip anywhere around the basin and we have canoes stationed at Galva Canal and at the main research station.

  

kids on pontoon boatDuring the remainder of the field trip, various aspects of wetland ecology and environmental science are discussed, including wetlands ecology, bald cypress and marsh restoration, plant and animal adaptations to the wetland environment, and the many environmental problems (and their solutions) of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. These discussions are reinforced through educational games and activities, including biological and environmental sampling.

 

Students may expect to see a variety of wildlife, including alligators, birds, nutria, snakes, and fish as well as the various wetland plants that support these animals. Tour leaders are very accommodating and willing to tailor each field trip to meet any particular thematic units or learning objectives teachers may be covering in class.

 

Donations Accepted for Field Trips

We do not charge for field trips, but donations are gladly accepted to help support our programs. On average, groups donate approximately $10 per participant.  Checks should be made payable to Southeastern Foundation--Turtle Cove. Donations can also be made online.