Wilton HS Marine Biology Club

The Marine Biology Club meets most Tuesdays after school. Some weeks we are out on the boat in Norwalk Harbor for the Winter Flounder Study. Other times, we might be at a beach studying the intertidal zone or seining to see what we catch. During cold weather, we are learning about other aspects of marine life in the classroom, like setting up and maintaining our salt water tanks. Sound like fun? Join us!


Science Research Conference Honors HS Research Project  January 2013
WIlton Students Share Research at Symposium  Decemeber 2010
Norwalk Hour: Teens Share Marine Biology Research Dec 2010
Fish Species Declining in Norwalk Harbor  May 2010
Harbor Watch Newsletter, July 2010 (PDF) 

Interested in studying water quality in area rivers and streams? Contact Dick Harris at Earthplace at 203 227 7253 x 121.

2012-13 Marine Bio activities

Presented at the 13th Annual Flatfish Conference in December, 2012 in Westbrook, CT

Participated in the Annual Norwalk River Watershed Water Quality Conference in May, 2013

Participated in Horseshoe crab tagging through Project Limulus at Sacred Heart University. 
Click for more information.

Celebrated the World Oceans Day at WHS the week of June 3, 2013

Took a "Behind the Scenes" Tour at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk in May, 2013

Maintain tropical and Long Island Sound tanks at the high school

Participate in the Harbor Watch program of Earthplace in Westport, CT

Bake Sales



Summer 2013 Schedule
6/25/2013    11:30 am
7/2/2013     3:30 pm
7/9/2013      11 am
7/16/2013    3:00 pm
7/23/2013    10:00 pm
7/30/2013    3:00 pm
8/6/2013      9:45 am
8/13/2013    2:30 pm
8/20/2013    9:30 am
8/27/2013    3:30 pm on Tuesdays through the end of October after school


Important information posted below. Please read!

1. All trips will take place on Tuesdays. RAIN cancels! 
2. We meet at the Bloom Brothers boat slip at the end of New Street in Norwalk, CT (near the intersection of Second Street).  Students must provide their own transportation and must hand in a signed permission slip before participating.

3. You MUST email me if you plan on attending. Please include your cell number on your response so I can call or text you if anything changes last minute (which I really don't expect but just in case). 

4. What to wear? Comfortable non slip shoes and clothes that can get wet or muddy. Bring a jacket because it is often colder on the water. Suggestion: Bring sunglasses and wear sunscreen.

Click here for a guide to common local species we will see on the boat: Guide

Tide schedules


Here is a sampling of some of the activities we participate in during the year. Your ideas are welcome and encouraged!!

Long Island Sound Studies:
  • Juvenile Winter Flounder Study: From May through October, weather permitting, we head out to Norwalk Harbor for trawls of the benthic zone in search of winter flounder and other marine creatures. During the school year, we meet at the boat by 3 45 p.m. and stay out on the boat until about 5.]  RAIN CANCELS!!  If you are interested in participating, please see me in room 109 or email me at steadhams@wilton.k12.ct.us  To participate, all students must have a signed Earthplace permission slip. (See attachments below). In the winter, we analyze our data and prepare for the May conference.
  • Fall Seining: Early in the fall we will seine at a local coastal wetland area to assess the diversity of the habitat.
  • Squid dissection: A naturalist from the Maritime Aquarium guides us in a dissection of these interesting creatures.
  • Spring Regional Norwalk River Watershed Conference: Held at Wilton High School in May, this conference brings together students from area high schools, including the Marine Biology Club, to share their water quality research conducted through Earthplace.
  • Horseshoe Crab Tagging: We are participating in Project Limulus, a research program investigating the movement of horseshoe crab population in Long Island Sound. We will tag horseshoe crabs in mid-May to June. Click for more information.
  • Summer Research Opportunities: We will be heading out on the boat with student volunteers over the summer. Join us!! Let me know by email if you are interested. Each week you MUST respond if you wish to join us to reserve your spot on the boat.:) 

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S Steadham,
Apr 22, 2010, 4:56 AM