Marine Biology Summer Intensive

Tuesday, July 7th, 10am-3pm

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A newly formed collaborative, Hudson Valley Intensives, is excited to offer this one day, summer intensive designed to provide students with an opportunity to perform field work with live organisms applying methods used by professional scientists.


Marine Biology Summer Intensive

For science minded, mature students aged 13 and up.

Tuesday, July 7th, 10am-3pm at the Lomala Civic Center in Hopewell Junction, NY, $75/student.

Questions or to reserve your spot, email


Marine Biologist and popular homeschool educator, Michael Vondras is back to lead students in two experiments that will introduce them to the amazing world of stream biology and get up close and personal with the fish in our own backyard, The Hudson River.  All materials and tools will be provided, in addition to a take home packet that will include formal lab reports, diagrams, excerpts for use in IHIP reporting and information for additional study.  Students should come prepared to take notes and bring their own lunch.


1: The Stream Macro-fauna experiment: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

We will first discuss the basics behind stream biology in a lecture setting to prepare students for the field work and then perform the experiment. The stream Macro-fauna experiment is designed to capture macro-invertebrates by utilizing Hester-Dendy Multi-Plate Invertebrate Samplers generously on loan from the Biology department at OCC. We’ll talk about the human impact on streams and buffer zones to protect them.  Each student will be given a worksheet to document everything they find in their experiment (Illustrations, written notes, etc).  A projected, dissecting microscope will allow the entire class to view individual student findings.  A regular dissecting microscope will also be available for individual viewing.


Lunch 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, indoor and outdoor seating available.


2: Fish Dissection: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The instructor will provide fish caught locally in the Hudson Valley from various streams, ponds, lakes, and rivers. Students will need to work in teams. Each student may have a different species of fish. This is beneficial in that it will show similarities and differences between various species. For any students that do not wish to participate in the dissection, the instructor’s dissection will be projected onto a large screen and they will be able to follow along.  The instructor will lecture during the dissection on the internal and external morphology of fish.  Again, each student will be given a worksheet to document their findings.  Helpful diagrams will also be provided.


3) Q&A Session (Optional): 3:00 pm -5:00 pm

The instructor will be available until 5:00 to answer any questions about the field of Marine Biology. This section is open to both students and parents, however student questions will receive priority. Questions can range anywhere from topics in Oceanography to Corals, Fish, Mammals, Algae, Evolution, or any general biology question you may have. They may also include questions regarding a career in Marine Biology and taking Biology courses in college. Snacks and refreshments will be served.


Michael Vondras holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island and was accepted into the distinguished Bermuda Institute for Oceanographic Science.   He is currently studying predatory fish in the Hudson River.


HVIntensives brings together seasoned homeschool parents, passionate, enthusiastic educators and interested, engaged students to create hands-on, unique educational experiences in a variety of topics.  Our intensives are an affordable complement to your homeschool curriculum.  Open to all motivated students.