I wish I could show you the smiling faces of my students as they explored the Gulf near Cedar Key yesterday. I won't of course. My policy to always protect their privacy (they are a captive audience after all) prevents that. Still, I think we can slip this shot in, due to the distance. The scene above shows one of my groups exploring the east side of Atsenia Otie Key.
Our Marine Science field expedition went very well. Twenty kids went along. We split the group so that while one group is exploring the island, the other group is aboard the Ag Extension Agent's pontoon boat trawling the seagrass. Then, after a while, we flip-flop so everybody does both activities.
The day before, I took my classes out on the bus parking area at school and gave them a lesson on throwing a castnet. I watched them on the field trip and they did pretty good tossing the net with only one day of prior practice. I was proud of them.