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 the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Florida Keys.
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 off the coast of the Florida Keys, where they collaborate with marine scientists.
- They spend one week aboard a Shedd Aquarium research vessel, working on coral reef and habitat assessment, as well as beach restoration.
- 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.
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