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 9, at 9 a.m., and ends July 13, at 3 p.m.
Campers will enjoy many hands-on activities. They’ll examine coastal processes including beach erosion and nourishment, the 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 that measure 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 29. 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, a variety of evening activities and supervision after camp hours, all meals and extracurricular activities. Ten percent off the fee is offered for additional siblings.
Camp activities will be held daily, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check-in for overnight campers starts at 4 p.m., Sunday, July 8; checkout ends at noon, Saturday, July 14.
Registration forms, waivers and further information are at http://camps.fit.edu/dmes/index.php. Mail the completed registration form and payment to Florida Tech, DMES Summer Camp 2012, F.W. Olin Engineering Complex, Room 265, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, Fla., 32901.
The DMES, 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. Its mission is to integrate these disciplines and related academic concentrations into interdisciplinary knowledge-based optimal solutions to vital contemporary issues through education, research and service.