Teaching is now in full swing, and just as a reminder that I am working here not just partying it up on deserted islands, I thought I’d share some of what we teach here. We teach three programs a day, 9-12, 2-5, and 8-9:30 (sometimes 8-10). Between programs we supervise students at meals, prepare and break-down our boats and classrooms, and check kids off at lights-out in the evening. On average we work about 60 hours a week. All for the bargain rate of about $1.70 an hour. That makes it sound rough (and believe me it is sometimes) but usually it’s fun at the same time.
The most common programs that we teach are coastal ecology, shark ecology, squid dissection, algae community lab, night-wade, and of course our boat trips. What we teach on boat trips is determined by the weather (where we can go) and by the school group. Usually we teach near-shore ecology and coral reef ecology on the boats, though sometimes we throw in some algae or seagrass ecology, or with bad weather we’ll teach birds and terrestrial ecology. Usually I’m teaching anywhere from 10-15 kids during the day, and up to 40 at night.
Now for the fun report! Last week Ryan and Will came down from Key Largo to visit us SeaCampers! They trailered Ryan’s boat down with them and seven of us went out to Looe Key (the outer reef here) and snorkeled. Then after dinner, we went out to a small island called Money Key just off the Seven-Mile Bridge to go camping. That’s right, we spent the night under the stars around a campfire on a deserted island in the Keys. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Picture: One of our flattops with the flag they all flew this past Thursday for Earth Day. Just you can get a better look at our snazzy boats!