Vist to NEAQ

Yesterday, Sailors for the Sea staff traveled to the New England Aquarium in Boston for their World Oceans Day celebration! Hundreds of families visited, learning the importance of ocean conservation through hands on activities.

Sailors for the Sea staff demonstrating Rainy Day Kits!

Sailors for the Sea staff demonstrating Rainy Day Kits!

Sailors for the Sea staff taught kids and parents about sustainable seafood using two of our Rainy Day Kits, The Deadliest Catch & Sustainable Seafood Matching Game.

The Deadliest Catch is was a big hit amongst the crowd, thanks to the usage of candy to demonstrate overfishing. Kids are given an “ocean” (bowl) full of “fish” (swedish fish & skittles) and a fishing pole (a straw). In the first round, kids use the straw to suck up the candy and set it next to the bowl. After the first round students are allowed to eat their catch – and are asked… What do the fish left in the ocean do? The most common answer was swim away – but some guessed correctly that they would repopulate!

A young visitor tries to catch fish with his straw.

A young visitor tries to catch fish with his straw.

The joy on a kids face who did not catch very many fish was amazing, and those who had emptied their bowl were sadly reminded that 0 x 0 = 0. A second round allows kids to use a net (spoon) to more easily capture fish. Some discovered the concept that they could have a never ending candy bowl if they did not remove all the fish in the sea!

 

 

Once the concept of sustainable seafood is learned, kids played a version of memory with Sustainable Seafood Matching Game to learn which kind of fish they can are caught in a sustainable manner.

To download these lesson plans, click here. The plans are intended to be 30-60 minute activities and are ideal for learning about marine science and ocean health issues when you don’t have laboratory supplies. Almost every item you need can be printed out or bought at your local pharmacy!

Kids contemplating candy... parents thinking about if they eat sustainable seafood!

Kids contemplating candy… parents thinking about if they eat sustainable seafood!

At the River

Sailors for the Sea is excited for Boston Landmarks Orchestra‘s  annual green concert that celebrates the natural beauty and life-giving properties of our waterways. The event takes place today at the Hatch Shell, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Clean Water Act.

Come down to the waterfront at 6pm to learn more about many amazing non profits focused on cleaning up our waterways, including Sailors for the SeaThe New England AquariumCharles River Watershed Association, the Environmental Protection Agency, and many more! If you visit every organizations display table you will be entered to win a trip down the Charles River! The concert starts at 7pm with extraordinary music that was inspired by the world’s rivers.

For event details check out the post below and click here for directions and rain location.