Marine Ecology Event

Congratulations to our 2013 Winners!

Follow this link to find the winners of this years contest!

What is the 4-H State Marine Ecology Event?black sea bass

The 4-H State Marine Ecology Event (MEE) provides 4-H youth with opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge of the marine and aquatic worlds. To prepare for the MEE, 4-H Leaders and club members go on marine field trips, visit museums and aquariums, have group study sessions, conduct internet research, and develop their own “mock contests”. In the process, youth learn important life skills.

The contest is divided into 5 sections. They are

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1. Marine and coastal plant identification.

2. Marine invertebrate animal identification

3. Marine vertebrate animal identification

4. Natural History Scavenger Hunt

5. Knowledge of marine concepts and issues

NEW this year!! An additional component of the MEE has been created this year, called Service Learning in Aquatic and Marine Education and Conservation (SLAMEC).  Mini-grants up to $300 are available to clubs to support service learning projects in their community.  Any 4-H club can participate.

Click here for Project Proposal Form

Click here for Project Report Form

NEW DATE! The 2014 State Marine Ecology Event (MEE) will be held
Saturday, November 8 at the Marion County Extension Office in Ocala, FL.


The 2014 MEE is sponsored by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

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2014 Registration Deadlines:

  • October 24 (Post Marked)*
  • October 28 (LATE Deadline – In state Office)

*Please remember your county Extension office will have an earlier deadline than the state office.

EVENT SCHEDULE
Check-in………………………………………8:30 am – 9:00 am

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Volunteer assignments ……………..9:00 am – 9:15 am
Introduction to Event……………………9:15 am – 9:45 am
Event/Rotations…………………………. 9:45 am -12:00 noon
Education Activities…………………….10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Lunch…………………………………………..12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Recognition/Awards………………….. 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

The MEE is open to three groups of 4-Hers:

1. Juniors (8-10)

2. Intermediates (11-13)

3. Seniors (14-18)

Guidelines & Forms


2014 Event Description and Guidelines (pdf)

2014 MEE Registration Form (pdf)
Agent Responsibility Form
Answer Key to all MC Questions (pdf)

Junior Specific Materials

Junior Multiple Choice Questions (pdf)
Junior MEE Species List (pdf)
Junior Species Identification Guide (pdf)
Junior Companion Guide (pdf)

Intermediate/Senior Specific Materials (Updated!)

Intermediate Multiple Choice Questions (pdf)
Senior Multiple Choice Questions (pdf)
Intermediate and Senior Species List (pdf)
Intermediate/Senior Species Identification Photo Guide (pdf)
Intermediate and Senior Companion Guide (pdf)
Lesson 5 

Special 2014 Topic (for Intermediates and Seniors only):
2014 Special Topic – “Ocean Explorer” 

MEE Study Aides

The following links provide additional materials that may be helpful in preparing youth for the State Marine Ecology Event!

Preparing 4-H Youth for the MEE (pdf)
Preparation Strategies for leaders and youth (pdf)
List of Marine Education centers/facilities in S FL
Grey vs red snapper (pdf)
NEW! YouTube Video on Sealife in SW FL Estuaries

 

Picture Flash Cards

These smaller “card-size” photos may be used in “mock MEE contests” by arranging them (or real specimens!) on a table. Youth identify the organisms by name and/or number from a given list (see next section). These cards may also be used in developing a “mock” scavenger hunts.

With Names

Without Names

Organism Lists

These lists may be used for setting up mock contests. Youth identify the organism by looking for its name on the appropriate list. Once they see its name they should write down the corresponding number on the answer sheet (see next section). Note: Names are arranged alphabetically in groups so they do not follow the same order as in the slides on the CD.

Junior Onsite Lists

Intermediate Onsite Lists

Senior Onsite Lists

 

Practice Answer Sheets

These “mimic” the real answer sheets used in each section of the contest.

Section 1 – Plant Answer Sheet (any level)

Section 2 – Invertebrate Answer Sheet (any level)

Section 3 – Vertebrate Answer Sheet (any level)

Section 4 – Sample Scavenger Hunt Clue/Answer Sheet

Junior clue sheet
Intermediate/Senior clue sheet

Section 5 – Multiple Choice Answer Sheet (any level)

Click here for information on the 2013 Marine and Aquatic Photo Contest

Promo Flyers

These one page promotional flyers are availabe for club leader / member distribution.
2014 photo Flyer
2014 MEE Flyer

Calendar

Upcoming MEE Workshops

A number of Florida Sea Grant agents hold “mock” Marine Ecology Events to help 4-H youth prepare for the state event.  Check back later for possible dates.  Registration is usually required. 

The State Marine and Aquatic Photography Contest is coming up as well. The deadline for all county photo entries to be received at State 4-H Headquarters is Friday, October 24 by 5 pm. For guidelines and entry forms see: http://florida4h.org/programsandevents_/marinephoto/

For more information on the MEE contact: 

Karen Blyler
4-H State Science Coordinator
kblyler@ufl.edu
352-846-4444

Registration
State Events Office
4HEvents@ifas.ufl.edu

County Contacts
County 4-H Web sites
County Extension Offices