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.

2. Marine invertebrate animal identification

3. Marine vertebrate animal identification

4. Natural History Scavenger Hunt

5. Knowledge of marine concepts and issues

NEW DATE! The 2015 State Marine Ecology Event (MEE) will be held
Saturday, November 7 at the Osceola County Extension Office in Kissimmee, FL

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

Youth are invited to come to the MEE and participate in the first ever SEA PERCH ROV CHALLENGE. Sea Perch is an underwater robotics program that clubs can get involved in. Click HERE for the flyer and who to contact for more information about the event.

The 2015 MEE is sponsored by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation


2015 MEE Registration Deadlines:

  • October 23 (Post Marked)*
  • October 27 (LATE Deadline – In state Office)

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

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

2015 Event Description and Guidelines (pdf)

2015 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 4 – Coastal Habitats  

Special 2015 Topic – Manatees!
Information Sheet
Manatee Educators Guide

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 2015 Marine and Aquatic Photo Contest

Promo Flyers

These one page promotional flyers are availabe for club leader / member distribution.
2015 photo Flyer
2015 MEE Flyer


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 23 by 5 pm. For guidelines and entry forms see:

For more information on the MEE contact: 

Karen Blyler
4-H State Science Coordinator

State Events Office

County Contacts
County 4-H Web sites
County Extension Offices