- Grades K-12th
- Length: 1 hour
- Type: Lab Activity
- Alabama Course of Study
The Touch Lab is designed for short field trips and introduces a variety of marine species from the coast of Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico to the students. The program includes an entertaining and informative discussion accompanied by interesting facts and anecdotes. After introducing animals such as the sponge, jellyfish, sea star, clam, snail, crab, shark, octopus, and more, the Marine Educator arranges specimens for the students to touch, hold, and examine. Students learn about the animals’ adaptations, life cycles, and basic marine ecology. This activity generates curiosity.
Keywords to review: Invertebrate, Vertebrate, Phylum, Adaptation