into the Ocean!
The "Pier into the Ocean!" program is an exciting study of prehistoric
life, food chains, and predator-prey relationships. There
are three learning stations during this 2 hour program. These
learning stations include fishing, fossil hunting, and a hands-on "food
web discovery" of live marine life. The students rotate through
the 3 different stations, with about 35 minutes of fun activities
at each station.
Students fish for porgies, croakers and
other ocean fish at the fishing station. Sometimes small sharks are
caught. The students will learn about the special
adaptations of the fish they catch and learn about human effects
on fish populations. Even investigating the bait we use
provides insights into marine life! The shrimp
and squid that we use for bait are two of the most important
forms of marine life in all the world's oceans.
During the fossil hunting, students search
for 30 million-year-old artifacts left behind from a time when
the ocean covered the entire coastal plain all the way to Raleigh. Students
discover how life and the Earth have changed over time. Each
student can keep two of the fossils they find as souvenirs!
The third station is a "Food Web Wonder". Students explore
food chains by studying live marine life. Students hold
both predator and prey during hands-on studies of live animals.
To simplify your day, we have included lunch as part of this
program. This consists of pizza delivered to the pier.
Visiting Kure Beach Pier and participating
in this program makes for a convenient, easy to plan field trip. By making just
one stop, your group has an exciting educational program, easy
beach access, lunch, recreation (a game room), and a souvenir shop
all in one location. If you are considering an overnight
stay, the pier is walking distance from a hotel we recommend.