Welcome to the Estuarium!!!
The following information will help you plan for your trip
to the Estuarium and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab facilities.
Please read all of the following information carefully, and
feel free to contact our Registrar at (251) 861-2141 x7511 if you have any questions.
Included in this packet is educational information that you
should give your students prior to their field trip. The
Estuarium is approximately 40 miles south of Mobile on the
extreme eastern end of Dauphin Island.
Tips for teachers....
Before your visit …
Teacher Planning Passes get you into the Estuarium free
before your visit. With this brochure you will receive
teacher planning pass. We encourage you to tour the
Estuarium prior to your visit with your students so the only
surprises you'll have will be good ones. Please review all
curriculum material enclosed in this packet and remember to
make additional copies for your students.
In order to receive the group rate, payment should be made in one transaction for the entire group. Separate payments will not be given the group rate. Payment of your bill should be made upon arrival at the Estuarium Admissions desk.
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- At least one supervising adult should
be present for every five elementary students and one
for every ten secondary students
- Large groups should be divided into groups of 35 or less before
entering the World of Water theater.
- Each group must schedule in advance to receive the group rate.
For reservations, please call (251) 861-2141 x7511
| Payment Policies:
- A payment of your bill should be made
before your departure. You may pay your bill at the
ticket booth located at the front of the Estuarium.
| Foul Weather:
- Remember to dress appropriately as you may be
outside for a time. Activities are available outside the
Estuarium for your enjoyment. Please keep in mind that
bad weather may interfere with your group's activities
outside the Estuarium.
| Things to bring:
- Copies of curriculum for each student, pencils,
extra money for gift shop or snacks (A writing board and
pencils will be provided).
| Upon your arrival:
- Please make every effort to arrive at your
appointed time. Each group of students (35 or less) will
enter the Estuarium at the designated appointment time.
We suggest you divide each class of students into
smaller groups and assign a chaperone to be in charge of
each "mini" group of students.
- Busses may turn into the east drive in the parking
lot beside the Estuarium to drop off students. After the
students have been dropped off, the busses should cross
Bienville Boulevard and park in the lot designated for
school busses. There will be designated bus parking
(look for signs). If you are not arriving by bus, please
park in the Estuarium parking lot.
| Rules to follow:
- Food and drink are not allowed inside the Estuarium
(this includes gum).
- No running, climbing, horseplay, shouting or tapping
on glass. These activities may disturb the animals.
- For safety purposes, students are not allowed to
touch any animals or put their hands into the exhibits,
unless instructed otherwise. Name tags for students are
a good idea. However, for the safety of our animals, we
ask that you attach tags with adhesive or string.
- Students must stay with their chaperones for the
duration of their visit to the Sea Lab.
- The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a smoke-free campus.
| Gift Shop:
- A gift shop is located in the Estuarium. Students
must be accompanied by a chaperone to enter the gift
The Estuarium is designed to inform and instruct
guests about modern science and technology. It depicts
animal life and ecosystems around Mobile Bay from the
freshwater Delta to the Gulf of Mexico. The four exhibit
galleries include the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay,
Barrier Islands and the Gulf of Mexico. Following is a
synopsis of each gallery and a glossary of terms.
Additionally, we have provided a curriculum to enhance your
students' experience within each habitat.
On campus activities for your
Miss MayMay: Climb aboard the Miss MayMay -- an open vessel
on land for your students to explore! This activity will
provide a hands-on look at navigation, personal floatation
devices (PFD), marine debris information, and the natural
resources of Mobile Bay (oysters and shrimp). There are
oyster tongs to try, and a shrimp net to crawl through,
complete with a KED - kid excluder device.
The Boardwalk: Spend
time viewing the Living Marsh! On the north side of the
parking lot there is a boardwalk that will take you through
a salt marsh. Be sure to read the panels that will help you
identify grasses and wildlife common to this area.
Mr. Sand: Now along with
the Boardwalk, students may participate in the adventures of
a sand grain! The cartoon character, Mr. Sand, tells the
story of the evolution and dynamics of barrier islands in an
attractive manner to children of all ages.
The Beach: If you would
like to take your students to the beach, please use the
boardwalks provided on the south end of campus, near
Discovery Hall. Just west of the Sea Lab property are
cottages owned by the Coast Guard recreational facility.
Please do not let your students enter this area.
Sea Pines Trail: After
Hurricane Frederic struck in 1979, a small maritime forest
developed behind the Sea Lab. A trail with signs labeling
local plants is available to visitors. This experience is
particularly oriented to younger groups.
PLANNING PASS FOR TEACHERS ARE
secrets of our Estuarium program and how you can use it to
gain the most from your visit. Obtain activities that you
can do before during and after your visit. Relax and enjoy
as you become familiar with our