(July 02, 2017) --

Mountains to the Gulf 2017 participants aboard the R/V Alabama Discovery at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab hosted the final stop for educators from across Alabama participating in the Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education, Mountains to the Gulf excursion.

“The main purpose of this expedition is to connect the educators and informal educators to the state of Alabama,” David Matson, Legacy Educational Programs Coordinator, said. “We want them to come away with a new-found respect and admiration for the state, and not just the state itself, but everything that encompasses Alabama.”

The educators started their weeklong journey at Camp McDowell Environmental Center and then zig-zagged throughout the state to Dauphin Island on an educational adventure.

Aaron Macy, Dr. Just Cebrian Lab, discusses with Mountains to the Gulf 2017 participants the variety of marine animals they discovered in the salt marsh on July 1, 2017.

"This has been a very excellent experience," Marla Dean who teaches at Altamont School in Birmingham, Alabama. "This group is a group educators, and some non-educators, in all different content areas which has mde for a very beautiful experience because everybody brought what they had and then learned from experts in the field."

During their time at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the group took a trip aboard the R/V Alabama Discovery to learn about Mobile Bay with Discovery Hall Programs Chair Dr. Tina Miller-Way, and a visit to the salt marsh with Aaron Macy from Dr. Just Cebrian's lab. 

"It's a nice combination of information and tools you can take back to your classroom and collegiality, which we all strive for," Dean added.

The group will head back to Camp McDowell on Sunday to wrap up their trip.