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Coral Reef Expedition

Transformative environmental work 

In what they often proclaim to be a life-changing experience, City Day students have the unique opportunity each summer to research marine habitats in Bimini, a region of the Bahamas.

The program gives our young scientists an unparalleled opportunity to apply scientific research techniques — observation, data collection, documentation — in a stunning natural environment. It also connects them to actual scientists whose work is changing the world.

  • Students travel with City Day faculty to waters near Bimini, where they collaborate with marine scientists.
  • They spend one week aboard a Shedd Aquarium research vessel, working on coral reef and habitat assessment.
  • Data collected by the students is shared with Reef Check, a global organization that advocates for and protects reef communities.
  • City Day is currently the only elementary school monitoring the coral reefs in that area. 

Data gathered by City Day students have been incorporated by noted oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau in his work to conserve coral reefs around the world. Mr. Cousteau once visited with students at our school. The Coral Reef Field Expedition is a highlight of the City Day experience for participating students.

City Day students and scientist identify parts of a fish
A City Day student explores coral reefs in the Bahamas
City Day students set up netting on the beach during the Bahamas trip
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Underwater shot of City Day student among coral reefs in the Bahamas
CCDS service learning in Bimini
City Day students work on beach restoration in the Bahamas
City Day student explores coral reefs under water

The Coral Reef expedition allowed to me to experience a beautiful habitat and conduct research that was inspiring and unlike anything I had ever participated in before.  

Aly City Day graduate


Underwater shot of City Day students in the water in Bimini