Invite an RJD Marine Expert to visit your classroom, office, or community center for a personalized marine conservation presentation.
Forging Community Connections
RJD staff and interns work closely with local teachers to give students a chance to experience scientific research in a non-evaluative atmosphere. This face-to-face teaching builds relationships between high school and college or graduate students in marine science, and fosters positive attitudes towards scientific career pathways and scientific research. RJD experts are available year-round for presentations, and will be happy to visit schools, community centers, businesses, and more. Click the “Apply Now” button to the right to fill out an inquiry.
The staff and interns that act as classroom educators are all active participants in ongoing field research projects, and have received training on the physiology, biology and ecology of sharks. These interns have also chosen to undergo intensive practical training to improve their teaching and student engagement skills. Through classroom-based educational talks and by providing role models for students with an interest in science, RJD works to make science accessible to all students, particularly those that have historically been underrepresented in mathematical and scientific fields (including students of color and women).
Our outreach programs allow us to deliver up-to-date scientific information to hundreds of local students each year.
With the numerous threats facing sharks today, it is imperative that we educate future generations about their ecological importance and extinction risk. Our outreach programs allow us to deliver up-to-date scientific information to hundreds of local students each year. Students are encouraged to act as ambassadors for the ocean, sharing this knowledge with their friends and family. By ensuring that our local communities are aware of scientific research about marine issues, particularly those affecting shark populations, the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program works to ensure the health and future of South Florida’s marine resources and to foster community involvement in achieving those goals.