Touch Lab

The Touch Lab is designed for short field trips and introduces a variety of marine species from the coast of Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico to the students. The program includes an entertaining and informative discussion accompanied by interesting facts and anecdotes. After introducing animals such as the sponge, jellyfish, sea star, clam, snail, crab, shark, octopus, and more, the Marine Educator arranges specimens for the students to touch, hold, and examine. Students learn about the animals' adaptations, life cycles, and basic marine ecology. This activity generates curiosity.

Duration: approximately 1 hour
Recommended: All ages

What to Expect:

  • Approximately one-hour activity
  • Indoor, classroom setting

Keywords to review with your students: 

  • Invertebrate (K-12)
  • Vertebrate (K-12)
  • Phylum (5-12)
  • Adaptation (5-12)

Alabama Course of Study Standards and Ocean Literacy Principles

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