Friday, 14 June 2019

Glenview 2019

This week on campus we welcomed 45 Grade 8 students from the Toronto school, Glenview Senior Public. During the week we worked with the students to introduce them to the marine environment and local area of St. Andrews by-the-Sea. Below are some pictures from their trip.

While here the students also went on a wildlife cruise with Quoddy Link Marine. Click on the link for pictures and a sightings account for their trip.

Collection trip on the Huntsman research vessel, the Fundy Spray.

Identifying plankton collected while on the Fundy Spray.

A look through the microscope at 40x magnification. A barnacle larva almost ready to settle out of the plankton layer to the bottom of the bay.

Exploring the beach at low tide.

The students were excited to find crabs!

And sea stars!

Lifting up the rocks to find the animals hiding underneath.

How many green crabs do you see?

Touring the historic summer estate of Sir William Van Horne (the man with the black beard beside the man driving the last spike). He was instrumental in the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. 

The new exhibit of Van Horne's model ship collection. The summer estate on Ministers Island is accessed at low tide on a sand bar road.

Conducting an experiment with urchins and sea stars.

Trying to see if size affects the flipping rate of these animals.

Students adding their data to the class set.

Studying fish anatomy through art.

One of the completed fish drawings.

Searching the beach for invasive green crabs.

Some rocks had handfuls of crabs underneath!

Students found females with eggs attached.

During the one hour session data was gathered on the size and gender of 300 crabs!

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Huntsman Marine Science Centre to Grow Education and Outreach Programs with Prestigious Award from the National Science and Engineering Council

 PromoScience award will build on the 50-year history of marine science at the Huntsman
JUNE 10, 2019 (St. Andrews, NB) – The National Science and Engineering Council (NSERC) recently announced that the Huntsman Marine Science Centre has been named for a prestigious PromoScience award, valued at $135,900 over a three-year period. The award to the Huntsman was part of over $9 million in funding recently announced by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Federal Minister of Science and Sport.
PromoScience awards support hands-on learning experiences that inspire the next generation of scientists and research leaders. Huntsman will be part of a group of 96 recipients of these awards from across the country that will run summer camps, science centres, after-school programs and more. Huntsman has been a recipient of PromoScience since 2006, demonstrating the confidence of NSERC in the organization.
Since founded in 1969, Huntsman has provided marine education programs to over 1 million students, and has touched many more through visitors to the Fundy Discovery Aquarium. The goal of all these programs has been to foster a lifelong interest in science by showing students that it can be fun to learn through hands-on activities. All Huntsman education programs take students into the marine environment to explore, observe, and collect, and to bring this knowledge back into the laboratories for further investigation and learning.
The NSERC PromoScience award will be used by the Huntsman to make connections with emerging trends such as digital technologies and remotely operated vehicles with their unique field and laboratory offerings. Huntsman is the only organization on the east coast of Canada that offers this combination of experiences to students ranging from elementary to high school levels, university courses, and professional development. Students come to the Huntsman from across Canada, the United States, and worldwide.
“Our government wants to empower all young people who are naturally curious about their world around them and eager to effect change to make their world a better place to live and thrive,” said Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest. “I’m pleased to say that this award has been provided to the Huntsman, so they may carry on their exceptional work in youth science and research programming. As a lifelong educator, I can tell you that experiential learning is a very important part of a great education. We must continue to inspire, support and encourage our young people to follow their dreams.”
The Huntsman Marine Science Centre is a private, not-for-profit research and education facility whose mission is inspiring stewardship through the engagement of the community in the discovery of the oceans; the design and delivery of inspirational educational experiences; and, the advancement of marine sciences through collaborative research and the development of innovative technical solutions for our public and private sector partners.
For Information:
Jamey Smith, Executive Director,

Friday, 7 June 2019

Walden International School - 2019

This week on campus we welcomed the Grade 8 class from the Oakville campus of the Walden International School. During the week the students were introduced to the marine environment and the local sights of St. Andrews and coastal New Brunswick. Here are a few photos from their trip.

Beautiful morning to explore the beach.

Checking under the rocks for the animals that are hiding at low tide.

The students found many urchins, sea stars, green crabs and worms.

Always exciting to find rock gunnel fish under the rocks!

The group also found a number of moon snail egg cases on the beach.

View of the St. Croix River and Maine from the top of Chamcook Mountain.

View of Passamaquoddy Bay from the mountain.

A beautiful find during the hike.

The students went on the research vessel, the Fundy Spray. Sorting through animals collected from the bottom of the bay. 

Some of the animals found included: a scallop,

a rock crab,

a sea star,

a toad crab, and

a tiny sea cucumber!

Where are we? Having a look at the chart.

In the lab the students identified the phytoplankton and zooplankton they collected while on the Fundy Spray.

Many students found copepods in their sample.

Enjoying the touch tank during the tour of the Fundy Discovery Aquarium.

The new jelly display!

Searching for marine worms on a muddy beach. The group found many species including clam worms.

Gathering data on the invasive green crab.

Touring the historic estate of Sir William Van Horne on Ministers Island

Creating mosaics using beach treasures.

Making screen printed souvenir t-shirts.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

SeaWords - Spring 2019

Check out the Spring 2019 edition of the Huntsman Education Department newsletter, SeaWords: Marine Biology in the Classroom. We publish this newsletter specifically for teachers twice a year.

In this edition you will find:
  • Huntsman Turns 50! Education Department Turns 36!
  • Announcement regarding a Trident Underwater Drone received from the Science Exploration Education (S.E.E.) Initiative with National Geographic Open Explorer!
  • Activity: Collect & Observe Plankton
  • Sea Creature Facts: Orange-footed Cucumber 
  • Dates for our popular summer field courses & day programs
If you have any marine biology questions, feature ideas, things you'd like to see us cover, or would like to be added to our contact list send us an email.

Monday, 29 April 2019

Royal West Academy - 2019

Last week on campus we had a group of sec 4 (grade 10) students from the Montreal school, Royal West Academy. This school has been coming to the Huntsman for many, many years as part of their Enriched Biology course. While in St. Andrews the students are exposed to different marine habitats. They also study plankton, seaweed and invertebrates in the lab. Here are a few photos from their marine immersion.

Exploring the intertidal zone at low tide.

This group found a few green crabs.

Exploring the subtidal invertebrates aboard the research vessel, the Fundy Spray.

Rock crab

Blood stars

Plankton concentrations are still low this time of year.

Studying plankton in the lab.

The students had to identify and draw marine invertebrates, such as this scallop.

Study of zonation patterns in the intertidal zone.

Measuring the elevation for the zonation project. 

Studying the external anatomy of live sea urchins. What parts can you identify?

Behaviour experiments: how does temperature affect the feeding rate of barnacles?

How do different organisms react to changes in salinity?

Does size affect the flipping rate of sea urchins?

Exploring a muddy shore at low tide.

The tide kept pushing us further up the beach!

Blood worm

Blood worm shooting out its proboscis! On the end there are 4 black teeth!

One group found a milky ribbon worm that was at least 3 feet long!!

Soft-shell clams

Shoreline cleanup at Pagan Point Nature Preserve.

Lots of rope on the shore.

Thank you for helping us remove all of this plastic debris from the shore!