It is a week-long, intergenerational program that allows families to spend time together while exploring the eastern shore environment. The activities include a wide variety such as a relaxing cookout on the beach to a swim through the salty marsh water and mud.
A participant from this week, Mary Beth, said her favorite part of the week so far was the marsh.
“The mud was so silly and so different from other intergen programs,” she said.
Mary Beth is from Seattle, where she is used to mountains and temperatures in the 60s, so coming to the Atlantic coast was a big change from what she is used to. Other intergenerational programs she has participated in have been in Yellowstone National Park and Chicago.
On Wednesday morning, the group headed out on the Mollusk, one of CBFS’s research vessels, to do tests and examine the water in Mosquito Creek. The group tested the water for salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, current direction and visibility.
To get a sample of water, they used a Van Dorn sampler to get water from depths of the surface, one, two and three meters.
Shayla, an educator at the field station, led the boat trip. Her favorite part of working with adult and family programs is the endless learning.