MELBOURNE, FLA. —The Florida Institute of Technology Department of Marine and Environmental Systems (DMES) offers a five-day-long summer camp to explore the Indian River Lagoon and Brevard County’s coastal ocean and creeks. High school and middle school students are eligible to participate. The camp starts July 11, at 9 a.m., and ends July 15, at 3 p.m.
Campers will engage in hands-on activities such as the examination of coastal processes including beach erosion and nourishment, consequences of freshwater delivery to the Indian River Lagoon and the effects of pollutants on coastal systems. Participants will learn how to use a variety of field and laboratory instruments for measuring environmental characteristics and standard techniques for biological sampling. Typical field and laboratory activities include a boat tour of the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem, water quality testing, determination of nutrient concentrations in coastal waters, sampling and identification of estuarine and marine plankton, and seining seagrass beds to examine their role as important habitats for a variety of fish and invertebrates.
Registration must be submitted by June 25. The registration fee for day campers is $375, which includes lunch, transportation to and from activities, snacks and all necessary equipment. For overnight campers, the fee is $675, which includes all the above plus lodging in university housing, supervision after camp hours, all meals and extracurricular activities. Ten percent off the fee is offered for additional siblings.
Day campers will meet every day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and overnight campers can arrive as early as Sunday, July 10, at 4 p.m. and leave as late as Saturday, July 16, at noon.
Registration forms, waivers and further information can be found at http://camps.fit.edu/dmes. Mail the completed registration form and payment to Florida Tech, DMES, Marine and Environmental Science Summer Camp 2011, Link Building/Room 110, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, Fla., 32901. Payment arrangements can also be made with Linda Lundstedt. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (321) 674-8096.
The Department of Marine and Environmental Systems, part of the College of Engineering, offers degree programs in coastal zone management, environmental sciences, marine science, meteorology, ocean engineering, Earth remote sensing, oceanography and environmental resource management.