Experiential Learning for Future Leaders

One of the core components of the SRC Program is providing experiential learning opportunities to young adults, whether it’s tagging a shark or planting a coral. The Shark Research & Conservation Program offers amazing, educational experiences to groups of high school students all year long. Your class will take an active role in real scientific projects, learn the scientific method, and assist in protecting some of the world’s most threatened resources.

High school students connect with marine science in an exciting, participatory setting, augmenting traditional classroom education. SRC scientists, staff, interns and volunteers serve as mentors and teachers during field trips. With a ratio of one mentor per every four students, SRC trips are personalized learning experiences.

“Things you wouldn’t get inside a typical high school class are brought to our interest, in the most extraordinary way.”

— Vilma Sooknanan
South Broward High School Student

Many students enjoy learning first-hand about the various career paths possible within the field of marine conservation.

“I have studied the scientific aspect of marine biology since the 6th grade, but one opportunity I have recently come across from shark research is as a marine photographer/videographer. Therefore, aside from gaining personal skills that help me in life, and benefiting the marine environment, I have been introduced into new career paths that I may take up in the future.”

– Chelsea Currie
South Broward High School Student
National Ocean Science Bowl – Team President

Real Science, Real Inspiration

The most long-standing field trip is shark tagging. High school and outreach programs partner with SRC to bring groups of young adults onto the water for a day of shark research in waters around South Florida. Students work side-by-side with scientists to collect data through measurements, tissue samples, and tagging. This data is used for ongoing scientific projects at the University of Miami. By studying apex predators, we can better understand and protect our marine ecosystems.

When students learn that their participation yields valid scientific results, their confidence blossoms, their interest peaks, and their smiles brighten. The goal is inspiration through participation.

Participating Schools & Organizations

American Heritage School
AMIkids Miami-Dade
Archimedian Upper Conservatory School
Aventura City Charter
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boca Prep International School
City Year
Coral Shores High School
Experience Aviation
Gang Alternative
Gulliver Academy
Island Christian School
Key Largo Community Center
Lauderdale Lakes
MAST Academy
Miami Dade College
Miami Museum of Science Upward Bound IMPACT Program
Oakland High School
Our Lady of Lourdes Academy
Palmer Trinity School
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Seacrest Country Day School
South Broward High School
Trinity Preparatory School
UM Global Academy
Westminster Christian