Sea Creatures of Cape Ann
Sea Creatures of Cape Ann is an environmental vacation program. The program is four days (Tuesday – Friday). Students may enroll for a day or for the entire four days. There are two different programs based on age of the students that are offered during the four-days:
(1) Pre-K to K (age 3.5-5) & (2) Grade 1-5.
Program Description: Cape Ann is surrounded by productive fishing grounds and coastal habitats. These fishing grounds and habitats are home to a diversity of sea creatures. Sharks! Whales! The famous Atlantic Cod!! These and many other lesser known creatures will be examined throughout the week. Each age group of students will follow the daily themes as described below. The Pre-K to K group will explore life of Cape Ann through observations and examination, reading, and arts and crafts. The Grade 1-5 program includes in-depth hands-on and outdoor learning in our marine science laboratory and at our working waterfront. Our indoor aquariums and exhibits will provide additional opportunities for exploring life of Cape Ann.
Goal of the Week: Students will explore, identify, and describe a diversity of sea creatures from Cape Ann through hands-on activities, small-group and class discussions, and research.
Tuesday - Coastal Invertebrates: Lobsters, Squid, and More!
- What is a major difference between you and a squid? Well – one major difference is that we have bones that give us shape. Invertebrates along our shore come in many sizes and shapes. Get your hands dirty and slimy while we examine the invertebrates of Cape Ann.
Wednesday - Fishes and Fishing
- Gloucester is a fishing town – and loves its fishes! Take a tour of the harbor to look at different types of fishing boats. Observe and examine different types of fishes. Make fish prints. Come to our town to experience why fish and fishing is an important part of our culture.
Thursday - Sharks and Skates
- Shark!! Now that I have your attention, let’s talk science. How do sharks move, breathe, and eat? Explore the fascinating life of sharks and skates – and learn about all of the sharks and skates that live in Gloucester Harbor.
Friday - Marine Mammals: Whales, Seals, and More!
- Who gets excited when you see a seal pop its head out of the water? We certainly do! We’ll spend time along the harbor looking for seals and other marine life that call Cape Ann home. Enjoy a day of examining different types of marine mammals that you may see swimming by Cape Ann.