Dauphin Island Family Getaway
Dauphin Island Family Retreat - April 1-3, 2013
(Schedule may need to be adjusted according to weather conditions)
Day 1 - April 1
Students 6th -- 12th grade arrive at Discovery Hall
Discovery Hall Program Productive Plankton
Students will play games and collect plankton to be viewed under a microscope to learn of this extremely important part of the world's ecology.
*****This can be a wet or dry class so come prepared. Bring bathing suit or other clothes that can get wet, old tennis shoes that can get wet -- no sandals, and a towel.
Have your student be familiar with the following words so that they are more prepared for the class:
Students K-5 arrive at the Bird sanctuary.
Audubon Bird Sanctuary
You and your students will tour the Bird Sanctuary and learn the details of the birds, turtles, alligators and trees and plants of the island.
**You will want to bring binoculars everyday. But today is a must!
After the Bird Sanctuary tour you will go down to the beach and seine (a method of fishing).
**We will need help from parents. Dress and prepare for the probability of getting wet. Bring old shoes and a towel.
This is always educational and exciting. You never know what you may catch!
For more information on seine fishing go to:
Lunch at the cafeteria
Touch and explore class at the estuarium
The program will begin with a lecture to teach the students about marine animals and conclude with students examining and touching many different preserved specimens.
Words you will want your students to know in advance:
This program begins with a discussion of estuaries and their importance in the food chain. Then the students will be introduced to the salt marsh, a wetland habitat with both animal and plant life. The Discovery Hall bus will transport the group to a salt marsh where the students will learn about the life held within by dragging a siene net, sieve mudding and scooping up animals.
****** Your student will get wet. Wear old clothes and old tennis shoes that can be laced up as they will be walking in mud. Also be prepared with sun protection and a water bottle.
Words you will want your student to know in advance:
• Food web
Dinner at dorms
•Enjoy a walk on the beach, to the bird sanctuary, or to town or play volleyball or basketball on the courts outside.
***** Parents must supervise their children at all times. *****
Day 2 -April 2
Civil War historian Tim Kent will be the tour guide for both Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan. He will discuss:
- the construction of both forts and why they were constructed
the way they were
- the history of the forts and why they were important to guarding Mobile
- the Battle of Mobile Bay
- the position of the USS Tecumseh and its demise
- the different ships built in Mobile
Arrive at Fort Gaines
Fort Gaines class begins with a Fort Tour. Fort Gaines is one of the most beautifully preserved forts in the south with incredible architectural design work.
The Fort tour will include:
- History of the Civil War from Fort Gaines
- How the soldiers lived
- The artillery used at the fort
- Blacksmith class
- Were there women at Fort Gaines? If so what was life like for them?
- Who were some of the interesting soldiers at Fort Gaines?
- Famous prisoners held at the fort
The group will walk up to the ferry and have lunch on the water as we travel across the bay to Fort Morgan. There will be a choice of turkey or ham Subway sandwiches, chips and drinks for lunch.
****Parents must supervise students on the ferry. Bring extra bread to feed the sea gulls, but please be extremely careful to make sure the birds do not get the plastic bags or wrappers and that they don't fall into the water. Plastic kills thousands or birds and sea turtles yearly.
Tour of Fort Morgan and museum
The fort tour will include:
- History of the Civil War from Fort Morgan
- Heroes of Fort Morgan
**The lens from the Sand Island Lighthouse is in the Fort Morgan Museum
Ferry Ride back to Dauphin Island
Dinner at the dorms
******Parents must supervise their children at all times.*****
Day 3 April 3
Duke Cruise around Sand Island Lighthouse
"The Duke" is a 44 foot boat known as a Bonner. On it we will travel around the Sand Island Lighthouse and hear of the landmark's history. On the return trip we will drop a shrimp net and study the catch. In the past we have caught everything from shrimp, to flounder and even squid. Pelicans always follow the boat waiting on a treat. This is always a wonderful experience for the children and the adults.
Lunch will be on board "The Duke". You will have a choice of turkey or ham Subway sandwiches, chips and drinks for lunch on the boat.
Arrive back at the marina
History presentation of Dauphin Island followed by a walking history tour of the island. History of Dauphin Island's early settlement to included Native American History of the area.
This is a wonderful time of the year to be at the beach and Dauphin Island isn't just any beach. Dauphin Island is the best kept secret in the Southeast!
The cost for all three days filled with activities with meals and lodging included is only:
$345.00 per person for the first 2 family members
$325.00 per person for the third or forth family members
$295.00 for additional family members
If you would like to set up your own accommodations, but still participate in the daily activities, the cost is only 195.00 per person. Lunches will be included but you will be responsible for your other meals.
If you have children under school age, please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
The price covers the dorm room for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights as well as meals from Monday morning breakfast to lunch on Wednesday.
If you would like to stay Wednesday night it will be an additional 20.00 per person.
We will issue no refunds.
** A note to mom's: I have been on many trips like this and have found the fact that meals are provided to be such a blessing. No preparing and packing, no cooking. Just show up.
Parents should attend class with their student. If you have a student in each age group please go with your younger student. We know your older students should know how to behave and if there is any kind of a problem we will bring them to you.
Be prepared to wear layered clothing. Bring gear in case it is needed.
Classes will be held regardless of weather, however, the itinerary is subject to change if weather conditions prevent classes as stated.
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