Live Blog GPB Live Exploration: Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary
About GPB Live Exploration: Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Take your students on an exploration of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary in this 30 minute virtual field trip. This event was live streamed on May 10, 2017, from the University of Georgia's Marine Education Center and Aquarium in Savannah, GA. This unique experience teaches students about the animals that call Gray’s Reef home, how the seafloor serves as a habitat and ways they can help protect the reef from major threats. Join marine experts as they share the importance of their research and answer questions from the audience. Supplemental classroom resources and an extended Q & A session with our experts are also available on this site.
This animation from The New Media Studio explains precipitation patterns by illustrating how differences in ocean surface temperatures create wind, and how wind patterns can in turn affect ocean surface temperatures.
Students will identify how humans impact aquatic ecosystems, be able to show how limited freshwater is to all organisms, and how each of them can help clean up and conserve water and prevent water pollution.
Students go to the next level of ecological study with ecosystem ecology, which looks at how energy, nutrients, and materials are getting shuffled around within an ecosystem.
GPS: SEC4 (a-d); SEV1 (b-e); SB4 (a-b)
About The Filming Location
The University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island is part of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. The center serves over 45,000 people annually through student field trips, teacher workshops, summer marine science camps, and public programs. The UGA Aquarium features 16 exhibit tanks filled with a variety of coastal fish, invertebrates and reptiles, most of which are native to the Georgia coast. One of the main attractions in the aquarium is the 3D diorama of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, which includes spadefish and great barracuda swimming amongst live bottom communities of sponges, corals and sea squirts.