A new butterfly house is on the itinerary for sea campers at The
University of Southern Mississippi's Scott Aquarium.
educator and scientist Dr. Shelia Brown and her team of college
interns put the finishing touches on the butterfly habitat exhibit
in preparation for the Monday, June 7, opening of Project Marine
Discovery Sea Camp, the popular marine sciences day camp held for
ages 5-16 at the aquarium each summer.
features a screened-in, outdoor space full of living plants and
a variety of insects in various life stages. Two dozen monarch and
painted lady butterflies, caterpillars, praying mantis egg cases
and about 1,500 ladybugs are helping create the living classroom.
The new exhibit will immerse children in the real world of insects
that live in or migrate through local coastal environments.
have done a remarkable job," Brown said. She said Charmain
Chatman of Biloxi and Tameka Colston of Gulfport were awarded the
internship during their final year at the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Community College - Jefferson Davis campus.
at the aquarium includes three semester hours' credit through the
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory's Summer Field Program and is a prelude
to the next stage of their education. They are enrolling at Southern
Miss Gulf Coast for the fall semester. Their internships also move
them closer to their career goals focused on education. Colston
has set her sights on a career in informal education programs similar
to those at the aquarium. Chatman wants to become an educator in
the biological sciences.
internships are funded by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
as part of the Gulf of Mexico region's Center for Ocean Sciences
Education Excellence, headquartered at the aquarium.
to the butterfly house visits and activities, campers will also
encounter other new hands-on experiences to complement field trips,
computer labs and art activities. Campers will close each week with
a "Birthday Blast" carnival to celebrate Scott Aquarium's
sessions are repeated each week of June 7 through July 30 with the
exception of July 19-23. Sessions for five-year-old campers run
from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Hours for all other ages are 8 a.m. to 4
p.m. Costs per week are age 5, $70; ages 6-7, $120; ages 8-14, $135;
ages 15-16, $150.
information, call (228) 374-5550, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or vist www.usm.edu/aquarium/pmdsecmp.htm.
is part of the university's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean
Springs, a unit of the Southern Miss College of Science and Technology.