High School Curriculum

Browse and download professionally designed, 5-module high school curriculum in marine conservation science and policy.

Supporting the Educational Experience

The RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program and the Deering Estate at Cutler have teamed up to create an interactive, educational and exciting curriculum for you and your students! The Marine Conservation Science & Policy Service Learning Program provides practical, hands-on marine science education and self-initiated research project opportunities for high school, undergraduate and graduate students in the marine science field. The MCS&P Curriculum will expose students and teachers from across the globe to the importance of oceans in their daily lives. Students will learn about the threats facing our waters and adjacent coasts, and explore the solutions for conservation.

Fostering excitement, scientific understanding and stewardship of our native habitats, coastlines and bay resources, the MCS&P Service Learning Program educates our community (particularly youth) about preserving our biodiversity through environmental stewardship, environmental sustainability, and overall resource management. The 5–10 week modules include an in-depth study in Coastal and Ocean Habitats, Ichthyology, Ocean Connections, Marine Issues, and The Scientific Method.



New Activities with RJD Field Data

We are excited to announce a brand-new activity utilizing data collected on RJD shark research trips! Learn more about the bioaccumulation of mercury in sharks with this two-part worksheet. The first part will give you a better understanding of what methyl mercury is, and its potential threat to human health. The second part will walk you through data analysis, using Microsoft Excel. Explore the activities here:

  • Mercury in Sharks: Part 1

  • Mercury in Sharks: Part 2
  • Also, feel free to check out the Module 5, Section 3 in the Curriculum below for more information and activities on the bioaccumulation of mercury.