with environmental and navigational lessons for seaworthy students,
the Aquarian Quest project gathered many supporters and partners
in the community. In addition to the many Sarasota schools that
are participating in the Aquarian Quest floating classroom project,
kids from the Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, Girls, Inc., Suncoast
Girl Scouts and the Venice Youth Sailing Club also participate.
centerpiece of the project is a 3-hour environmental education program
in which live marine specimens (plankton, fish and invertebrates)
are collected by staff and/or students and then set up on the deck
of the schooner to be used for hands-on-learning.
are set up, three of which serve to illustrate the interconnectedness
of all life in the marine waters (the food web). The fourth, a navigation
station, helps participants get a sense of how to move a large sailing
vessel through the water.
nature of the vessel helps kids gain a sense of connection to the
past and an appreciation for the organic nature of a wooden sailing
ship moving through the water with the forces of nature.
If Aquarian Quest
is successful, students from Tampa Bay to Charlotte Harbor will be
receiving hands-on lessons for years to come; and many will remember
this as a life-enhancing experience.
one of the teachers commented after taking her class out,"I
just think it's a real interdisciplinary approach being aboard this
ship; it kind of affects your senses. Its not just sitting in a
classroom reading a book."
is to help change the planet and save the environment," said
a New College student who works as an intern on the Daniel Webster