Salt Marsh Ecology

Students are introduced to estuaries and the important role they play in the food webs. The salt marsh, an important wetland habitat associated with the estuary, is full of both plants and animals. Students will be introduced to the salt marsh and then transported via Discovery Hall's bus to the salt marsh. They will have the opportunity to 'sink into their studies' by dragging seine nets, sieving mud and scooping up animals. Identification and interesting facts about their catch are discussed. 

Duration: approximately 3 hours
Recommendation: 5th grade to adult

What to expect:

  • Students will explore themarsh using seine nets, shovels, sieves, and dip nets. Students will get wet and muddy. 
  • All specimens will be discussed and observed by students in collection containers. 

What to wear and bring:

  • Old clothes and old tennis shoes that you do not mind getting wet and muddy. Tennis shoes should lace tightly for walking in the mud.
  • Sun protection- sunscreen, hats, etc.
  • Water bottle (especially important for warm weather trips)

Key words to review with your students:

  • Estuary
  • Food web
  • Detritus

Alabama Course of Study Standards and Ocean Literacy Principles

To book your field trip, email scheduler@disl.org or call (251) 861-2141 x7511.