Our Changing Planet: Oceanography & Natural History on Cape Cod

Join renowned scientists, biologists and conservationists at some of the country’s top research facilities to study Cape Cod’s evolving ecosystem and learn how you can protect it.
Program No. 23857RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

As a designated State Ocean Sanctuary for more than 40 years, Cape Cod Bay is an ecologically rich complex of coastal and marine habitats. Home to countless aquatic animals, shellfish, sea turtles and birds, it’s much more than a lovely place to explore – it’s a crucial area we need to protect. Learn from scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and study the forces that threaten the ecosystems surrounding Cape Cod. Embark on a research vessel to investigate the plant and animal life at the bottom of the ocean and use your newfound knowledge to help save the fragile ecosystems threatened by the changing climate.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile daily on flat and uneven terrain outdoors, such as sandy beaches. Boarding a boat from a short ramp, stepping over a railing and down a few steps.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve with an expert to study the impact of climate change on the local landscapes.
  • Learn alongside the trailblazing scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory who dedicate their lives to studying the marine life and how to protect it.
  • Delve into sustainable gardening and the importance of planting native species with conservationists during a field trip to Dennis.

General Notes

This program is part of “Our Changing Planet” series, exploring the solutions to the challenges of global climate change in communities around the United States. Learn more at www.roadscholar.org/planet. For a similar program with more of a general destination focus, please see, "Cape Cod and Woods Hole: Oceanography and Natural History" (#16765).
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Alan Kuzirian
Alan Kuzirian is an associate scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. He conducts his laboratory research at the Marine Resource Center, exploring the functional morphology and ultrastructure of various organ systems in mollusks. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and a doctorate in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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