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The MEEC offers educational programming for elementary school-level children. These programs are tailored to utilize science practices from the Next Generation Science Standards Framework. Each program includes a sea turtle feeding with Captain, our green sea turtle at the center. During the feeding, students will hear Captain's Tale and learn about sea turtle husbandry. Additionally, our site features an interactive Interpretive Center with displays on topics ranging from satellite tracking to invasive species. We can allow time for students to explore this area.

Programming begins at 10:30 AM and lasts approximately 1.5-2 hours. Our center can accommodate groups of up to 30 children, with one chaperone require for every ten kids. The price is $10 per child and admission for the first two chaperones is free. Each additional chaperone is $10 each. If your group would like to eat lunch on site, the courtyard is available for this. However, we do not have any food vendors on site, so meals are the responsibility of the visiting group and must be brought along. Contact us about scheduling your group!

Current Programs

Turtles All The Way Down

In this program, the students will learn in depth about the five species of sea turtle that inhabit the waters of South Florida. This includes learning how to identify a species by inspecting their carapace, as well as using the features of a sea turtle skull to identify species and diet.

This program utilizes several Next Generation Science Standard practices, including:

  • Asking questions
  • Carrying out investigations
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

The Living Coastline

In this program, students will be given a talk that introduces the sea turtle species of South Florida, gives an in-depth view of sea turtle nesting, and highlights the threats of coastal erosion for sea turtles. Then, the students will go out to the beach, build a model beach and turtle nest, and observe the effects wave action has on beaches and turtle nesting.

This program utilizes several Next Generation Science Standard practices, including:

  • Asking questions
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Constructing explanations
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information