SERTC Posters and Lessons: Marine science posters and lesson plans designed to teach taxonomy of South Carolina's marine species.
Sea Sciences: A series of educational publications on a variety of marine related topics. Put together by scientists and educators of the Marine Resources Division at SCDNR.
ACE Basin Activity Book: Designed to instill a stronger awareness and respect for environmentalism and conservation and to encourage young students to enjoy discovering coastal South Carolina.
Graph Art for Elementary Students: It’s never too early to start helping your students read and create graphs.
Students can study water quality and how species are adapted to survive in the estuary:
Have your students learn the diet and feeding habits of marine species in South Carolina waters using real stomach contents data:
ACE Basin Intro Video: What is the ACE Basin and why do we protect it? Watch this video to find out!
Dive Deeper: One of the most beautiful places in the ACE Basin is Botany Bay. Check out these videos and lessons to learn more:
SC Coastal Resources Blog: Use our Coastal Resources blog to get your students reading about science!
Read & Reflect 1: Have students read our blog post on our top conservation stories from 2010-2014 then answer reflection questions.
Read & Reflect 2: Have students read our blog post on our top conservation stories from 2015-2019 then answer reflection questions.
Careers in Marine Science: An introduction to the range of careers in Marine Science and ideas for gaining experience now.
Day in the Life of a Marine Biologist Webinar: Three SCDNR marine biologists tell us about their not-so-average work days and how they got to where they are today.
Virtual Job Shadowing: Take a virtual tour of the SCDNR Reef Fish Lab.
Biologist Spotlight: Watch a SCDNR’s trammel net survey from a bird's eye view.
Salt Marsh Ecology Lessons: Bring the salt marsh into your classroom with these South Carolina specific activities. These lesson plans were curated for our state and cover concepts such as food webs, human impacts, and taxonomy, as well as incorporating ELA and Cultural Connection to the salt marsh.
Field Guide: South Carolina salt marsh field guide.
Here are short video segments with reflection questions:
Marine biologists use genetic samples to determine presence of species, genetic diversity, and species abundance, and the effectiveness of protection activities.
Watch this short video to see our biologists at work isolating and amplifying DNA samples: Inside the Genetics Lab
Mystery #1: Use eDNA data to determine if an endangered species is using this estuary. In Round 2, use the same technique to identify the presence of an invasive species before it is too late!
Mystery # 2: Read chromatograms to determine if the DNA sample comes from a stocked fish or a wild fish. This technique allows biologists to determine the contribution of our fish stocking program to wild populations.
Mystery # 3: Understand one type of genetic drift, the bottleneck effect, using the example of a cold snap die off of spotted seatrout. Students will understand how drastic environmental events can impact the genetics of a population over generations.
NOAA Data in the Classroom: Leveled online modules using real-world data for Middle and High School.
Human Impacts on an Estuary: This High school phenomenon-based lesson helps students investigate Humans in the Estuary while examining real-world data to find answers.
Studying Water Quality: How is the weather and water quality in the ACE Basin changing? Check out this 4-pager about patterns in ACE Basin water quality.
Restoration Science: Why do we restore wetlands? Here is a story map on multiple habitat restoration projects and monitoring methods around the country within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.