The Bahamas program is underway!!

on the bleachers

Bahamas students ready to learn snorkeling

The 2012 Bahamas program is underway!  21 students arrived on campus on Monday afternoon for four weeks of learning and fun.

snorkeling in the pool

Bahamas students learn to snorkel in the pool

Monday afternoon we started off in the pool getting everyone familiar with their snorkel gear, learning water safety and how to dive under the water to get close to the cool stuff on the bottom.  Students figured out what they wanted to know about San Salvador and the Bahamas and spent time looking up information to answer their own questions.

On Tuesday, we focused on learning sampling techniques—directed observations, how to use the GPS units, and how to sample a habitat using transects.  We finished up on Tuesday night with a luggage weigh-in and preparation for the travel day on Wednesday.

To learn transects, we looked for snakes in the grass. Literally.

Students learned how to find their locations with the GPS units

We invite you to follow our journey as we go—students will be writing the posts as soon as we get to San Sal.  Next post from Nassau, the Bahamas!

18 Responses to “The Bahamas program is underway!!”

  1. lexi garza says:

    HI ALLIE AND CHRISTEN
    hope you guys are having fun in the bahamasss.

    advice for the day:
    watermelon and mustard do not taste good together. :(

  2. Linda Crawford says:

    Hey Alex and Jon!!

    I cant wait to hear more about your trip. I look forward to reading the blog each evening.

    Have a great time.

    Love you guys!! ~~Mom

  3. Connie winzeler says:

    Hi Gracie, hope your first day is a blast!
    Hope you all have fun and learn a lot!

  4. Connie winzeler says:

    Hope all is going well and you’re having a great time!
    Love you, Mom and Dad

  5. Tami Wert says:

    Hey Dani,

    It’s gonna be hard just going to a lake after this huh?! Looking forward to seeing more pictures and reading about the adventure.

    Love ya….Mama and Daddy

  6. Susie Price says:

    Dani,
    Looks like you are having fun! This is an opportunity of a life time. Live it to the fullest!! Can’t wait to see your pictures when you get home! I look forward to seeing the blogs to see what you are up to.

    Love, Aunt Susie

  7. Hey Ben (and everyone else on the Bahamas Field Study!) I hope you are having the time of your life! We miss you, but know you are having a great time. (Hope the no-see-ums are not eating you alive :) ) Looking forward to reading about your adventures.

    Love ya, mom and dad

  8. Connie winzeler says:

    Hi Gracie and all your friends! The weather shows you’ve been getting lots of rain, hope it’s not ruining your fun! It was 93 here in Dublin today, way to hot for May. Looking forward to more pics, keep learning and having fun!
    Love you, Mom, Dad and Mason
    PS, you’re getting out of mulching the yard, AGAIN!

  9. Lisa Dodds says:

    Hi Adrianna and all your friends! Hope you are having a blast! Watching for more pics on this website. Lots of love & hugs your way! Mom

  10. Hi, Matt and all fellow adventures!

    Hope you are enjoying the Bahamas and it is everything you expected! Looking forward to reading about your time on the island and your adventures.

    Love you, Mom and Sam

  11. Teresa O'Regan says:

    Hi Sean and fellow classmates,
    Hope things are going well and are enjoying your time in the Bahamas! Looking forward to more updates and pictures.
    Love you,
    Mom

  12. Abbe Hoon says:

    Alex & Jon,

    Hope you both are having tons of fun:) Can’t wait to hear about all the fun adventures!

    Love,
    Auntie Abbe

  13. lexi garza says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYY ALLIE
    I LOVE YOU <3
    cant wait for you and christen to get back! ahhhh
    MWAH

    love, kitty

  14. Arlen Stiefvater says:

    OH TO BE WITH YOU GUYS IN ALL THAT BEAUTIFUL WATER. WHAT AN ADVENTURE.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALLIE!!! YOU GET TO CELEBRATE TWO HOLIDAYS AT ONCE–MEMORIAL AND ALLIE’S BIRTHDAY. ISN’T THAT SOME EVENT. HAVE FUN, ALLIE, AND YOUR BIRTHDAY PRESENT IS IN CALIFORNIA. PAPA

  15. Greg Heaps says:

    Hey Christen, looks like you are having a great time and learning a lot. Have fun. This is so cool that you are having this experience. What a great way to spend your summer. Have fun and learn lots. Greg & Darlene

  16. hallie says:

    be glad u r in the bahamas. it is 57 here today and windy. wish we were back in florida. have fun luv gmaw & paps

  17. Jenna Crawford says:

    Hey, Jon and Alex! I hope you guys are having a wonderful time in the Bahamas! I wish you were here for summer ball because I am still confused about the schedule. lol The Alien movies are AMAZING! I forgot how good they were! love you both and miss you!

    Jenna! :)

  18. Paige Crawford says:

    Hey, Jon and Alex! I miss you guys sooo much!!!! I miss coming over on weekends and getting so spoiled!! lol! I hope you guys are have a great time!!! When mom or dad comes and picks you guys up, me and Jenna will be there and waiting on you guys. Summer ball is going great. We had our first two games yesterday and practice! The first 10 minutes of practice and coach patton was already yelling at us to hustle and hurry! We were going over rebounding when someone is shooting! He mentioned your name and everybody was staring at us! Jenna and I did soo good. There was a time when Jenna had my back and gaurded my girl cuz I didn’t know where she was, cuz i didn’t let here have the ball and when she did the only time Jenna had my back! I gaurded 2 girls that elbowed like it was there day job, but that didn’t stop me at all! I just pushed them back and played harder than I have ever played!! Jon, those alien movies are awesome! Thanx for letting us borrow them!!! I love and miss you both!

    Paige :)

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