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An Introduction to Marine Biology for Teens
Whether you are a young person considering a career in marine biology, or a secondary level student who'd just like to know more about Ireland's fascinating marine wildlife, this course promises to be a great introduction. Run over the course of five days, the programme covers a wide range of marine topics, including hands on demonstrations of techniques regularly used by biologists, eg. survey skills, fish dissections etc. Students also have the option of including outdoor adventure activities such as snorkelling and SCUBA diving in their course programme. This unique course is available to students through our Marine Biology Summer School and as a private option for secondary schools.
The teens' course includes:
- Our Introduction to Marine Biology lecture series and course notes, including stunning slide shows of Ireland's marine life.
- An in depth tour of the Sea Life Centre in Bray, with opportunities to get up close with a diverse range of marine animals.
- A fun filled trip to the seashore, including a lesson on how to recognise and identify animals and plants that typify our coasts.
- Instruction by qualified and experienced marine biologists, including career advice for students wishing to pursue marine biology as a career.
- A birdwatching and marine mammal (seals, dolphins and porpoises) watching workshop on Bray Head.
- Participation in our marine conservation projects, including our Purse Search Shark and Ray Eggcase Sightings Scheme.
- Additional outdoor activity options, including snorkelling and SCUBA diving.
- A Certificate of Course Attendance.
Our 2017 teens course is now open for registration! Click on the link below to book your place.
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Our team is made up of a small but dedicated group of people who are passionate about our marine heritage and the benefits it can bring to communities. Our director and course tutor, Dr. Sarah Varian, is widely recognised as a marine education specialist, having featured on Ireland's popular Living the Wildlife TV nature series.
Our marine biology courses are based in Bray, a charming Victorian seaside town situated in County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland. All our courses involve a visit to Bray Head Special Area of Conservation, a fantastic land-based viewpoint for observing seals, dolphins and porpoises.
"I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of Mia for the fantastic time that she had last week in Bray. She had nothing but good things to say and not only did she make friends but she learned a lot and it has made her even more interested in pursuing a career in marine biology."
-John Forbes, parent, 2014 Teens Summer Camp
"Just a short email to thank you for the fantastic week Christopher had during the teen camp. He thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it."
-Michelle Owens, parent, 2014 Teens Summer Camp
"I learned a lot of interesting facts about marine life and learned about the work of a marine biologist."
-Patrick O'Grady, summer 2012.
"The field trips worked really well as you learned while seeing everything.""
-Chloe Nolan, summer 2011.
"I thought it was good to get actively involved by using binoculars and quadrats. To watch the feeding was fun too!"
-Monika Der, summer 2011
"I really liked the dissections! I felt like it helped me to understand the structures of creatures."
-Tessa Bradford 2011.
"Tessa really enjoyed the course - thanks very much."
-Sharon Bradford, parent, summer 2011.
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