Marine Ecology Event

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:

1. Marine and coastal plant identification;panacea

2. Marine invertebrate animal identification;

3. Marine vertebrate animal identification;

4. Natural History Scavenger Hunt;

5. Knowledge of marine concepts and issues.

 CLICK HERE for list of youth winners for the 2016 State MEE!


State Marine Ecology Event (MEE) 2017
Date and location TBA!

Registration Information

Cost: TBA per youth participant.

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

  1. Juniors (8-10)
  2. Intermediates (11-13)
  3. Seniors (14-18)

Registration for the Marine Ecology is done through Florida 4-H Online (!

  • When: TBA
  • Late registration – TBA

Youth Participants and Team Leaders will need to have family profiles on 4-H Online and will need to register via the above link. Please consult with your county Extension office if you have any questions regarding 4-H Online if you do not have a family profile. Otherwise, please refer to this form to help you with registering for the event.

To help prepare you for registration, examples of what the registration forms look like are linked below:sea urchin

  • Youth Participant Registration Form: EXAMPLE
  • Team Leader Registration FormEXAMPLE
    • Volunteer roles can be found HERE and should be entered by the Team Leader in the appropriate field (see above).
  • Yellow fields are filled out by the county agent upon approval in their County 4-H Online system
  • General youth/adult observers do not need to fill out a registration form.

Typical Event Schedule

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

2017 Photo Contest

The State Marine and Aquatic Photography Contest will not be held this year.
Youth are encouraged to submit their marine and aquatic photos to the 4-H State Photo Contest.

SEA PERCH Mini-Challenge

November 18, 2017
Palm Beach County Extension Office

Sea Perch is an underwater robotics program that clubs can get involved in.
For more information on this event, contact Brent Broaddus –

MEE Guidelines and Registration Information

Junior Specific Materials

Intermediate/Senior Specific Materials

Special 2017 Topic – Sea World’s – Sharks and Ray

Click here for link to more information!

NEW – Advanced Level for Past Senior Winners

Seniors who have won a first, second, or third place in their age group in past years of the MEE are eligible to participate at an advanced level. Past first place senior winners can only return to the MEE at this level. Other senior winners can choose to participate at this level. See the MEE Guidelines for more information. Advanced level youth are responsible for senior level materials plus the following:

1. Advanced Level Species list for Sections 1, 2, and 3
2. Advanced Level Multiple Choice Questions (50)
3. Key to Advanced Level Multiple Choice questions

NEW Answer Sheets

These new answer sheets may be used for setting up mock contests and will be used in the 2017 MEE. Answer sheets contain spaces for answers as well as the names of organisms to be identified. All species are arranged alphabetically in groups so they do not follow the same order as in the slides on the CD.

MEE Study Aides

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

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.

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.

MOCK EVENT/MEE Workshop In Cedar Key/Levy County!
October 21st , 10am-12:30 pm-
Hosted by Sea Grant’s Savanna Barry. Location is the Fish and Wildlife Lab at 11350 SW 153rd Court in Cedar Key, FL 32625. Registration is required.

Go to to register!

For more information, contact Savanna at 352-543-1095 or e-mail at



For more information, please contact the following:

MEE Coordinator 4-H Online County Contacts
Vacant Ben Knowles Local Extension Offices
  State 4-H Information Coordinator Link