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More than 200 Baltimore students embarked on adventure in 2016 through the National Aquarium’s Henry Hall program, trading city streets for natural environments and gaining a deeper understanding of the connection we share with water.
Shatera discovered that outside the classroom, she could practice the skill of leading instead of following.
The rising and falling ocean tide fuels an incredible assortment of life in the tide pools found along Maine’s rocky shoreline. Real estate is competitive here, and the resilient animals in the narrow intertidal zone have adapted to the ever-changing environment.
Land and sea meet at the narrow intertidal zone, where pockets of life are teeming with biodiversity. Tide pools represent microcosms of much larger, complex ecosystems, which come to life along Maine's rocky shoreline. Real estate is competitive, and the resilient animals here—including sea stars, snails and hermit crabs—have adapted to the ever-changing environment.
In Florida, Tia learned the importance of following her passions and being proud of herself.
The half-land, half-water landscape of mangrove forests provides habitat for a stunning variety of wildlife, both above and below the water. These semi-terrestrial forests also provide a natural buffer against storm surges and hurricanes, but their fate remains unclear as the strength of storms continues to intensify, amid other effects of climate change.
Among the semi-terrestrial mangrove forest, you can find one of the world’s most biologically productive ecosystems. The propped roots offer critical nursery habitat for a host of fishes, and the root system stabilizes the coastline to help prevent erosion.
Connecting with the natural world in Louisiana allowed Krystal, John and Alexis to develop a fresh outlook on learning and life.
More than 33 major rivers feed into the immense Gulf basin, which encompasses an area of approximately 615,000 square miles. The combination of subsidence and sea level rise has resulted in a slow sinking of the massive stretch of low-laying Louisiana wetlands—which constitute about 40 percent of the wetlands in the continental United States—into the Gulf.
The combination of subsidence and sea level rise has resulted in a slow sinking of the massive stretch of low-laying Louisiana wetlands—which constitute about 40 percent of the wetlands in the continental United States—into the Gulf of Mexico.
Swapping the fast pace of city life for the tranquility of the Chesapeake Bay allowed Nigel to experience the natural world firsthand.
This bivalve mollusk is critically important to the state of Maryland, both economically and ecologically. Their populations in the Chesapeake Bay region have dramatically decreased to less than 1 percent of historic levels, and hatcheries—such as the one here at Horn Point—are helping to provide key restoration.
The populations of this bivalve mollusk in the Chesapeake Bay region have dramatically decreased to less than 1 percent of historic levels, and hatcheries—such as the one here at Horn Point—are helping to provide key restoration.